Six Harbour Walk comeback hailed by Holyrood
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THE successful comeback of the Six Harbour Walk after a Covid-enforced break of two years is to be recognised in the Scottish Parliament.
Run by the Rotary Club of Buckie, the fund-raising charity walk made its welcome return on Sunday, May 1 with participants joining in from the north-east and further afield.
The achievement has been recognised in parliament with a motion by local SNP MSP Karen Adam (Banffshire and Buchan Coast).
She said: “The Buckie Rotary Club is an incredible example of taking the lead in showcasing what our communities have to offer across the north-east and Banffshire and Buchan Coast.
“The walk covers a breathtaking 15-mile stretch of Banffshire coast, illustrating the beauty of our harbours at Portsoy, Sandend, Cullen, Portknockie, Findochty and Buckie.
"We’re incredibly lucky in Scotland to have this on our doorstep because I know how attractive our coastline is for so many tourists from all over the world.
“Lodging this motion in the Scottish Parliament is my way of using my platform as an MSP to recognise the hard work and talent of the Buckie Rotary Club. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved and I look forward to perhaps joining in on the trail next year.”
Buckie SNP councillor Sonya Warren added: “The Six Harbour Walk is one of the highlights of the Rotary Club of Buckie’s calendar that's been missing for two years, so it was fantastic to see it back again this year.
“It's always a well organised day enjoyed by everyone and allows local groups and charities to raise their share of funds. It is great to have such a community-run event raising funds for other local good causes.
“Even the weather played its part, with the sun making it a perfect day for enjoying the beauty of the Moray Firth. Congratulations and well done to [Joint Walk Co-ordinators] Heather [Pirie] and Andrew [Murray], who along with the other club members did a fantastic job organising the walk this year.”
The walk takes in some of the most picturesque scenery the Scottish coast offers. The events gets under way at the 17th century harbour at Portsoy and is renowned for playing a considerable role in Scottish history, including a pivotal role in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. It was recently featured on TV screens around the world as the location for the final episode of Peaky Blinders.
The walk then heads west before finishing at the South and West Church in Buckie. A shorter version of the walk, starting in Cullen, was also available.
In addition to Rotary Club members, Buckie Boys' Brigade, Cullen Sea School and Findochty Christmas lights Committee all pitched in to make it an extra special day.
Ms Adam's motion reads: "That the parliament welcomes the return of the Six Harbour Walk; understands that the 15-mile walk takes in some of the most picturesque coastlines the country has to offer; further understands that the walk starts at Portsoy Harbour, the recent star of Peaky Blinders final episode, before taking in the harbours of Sandend, Cullen, Portnockie and Findochty before ending at Buckie; understands that the walk takes in landmarks such as Findlater Castle, the three kings viaducts in Cullen and the Bow Fiddle Rock in Findochty; notes what it sees as the health and social benefits of walking events as well as local economic benefits, and commends Buckie Rotary Club for their hard work and dedication in organising this event, which it believes showcases the area and raises money for local causes."