A Moray #blogmanay

Before we gallop off to Edinburgh and the Lothians for our January focus, I thought I’d take some time to round up last month’s featured region with my own #blogmanay post.  (If you haven’t heard of #blogmanay it’s a way of showcasing winter and Hogmanay in Edinburgh and across Scotland to the world – you can share your videos, photos and experiences using #blogmanay).

My Hogmanay didn’t involve a street party or a fireball ceremony; I didn’t first foot or dance at a ceilidh (I didn’t even sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’).  The year that was 2013 quietly slipped away as I looked out across the sea, watching the shiny new year make its entrance in an explosion of fireworks that danced across the water.

I was in Findhorn, a small fishing village on the Moray coast, and the New Year for me involved large doses of sea views and peaceful walks – a refreshing way to see in a brand new year.  The first day of 2014 greeted me with blue skies and a sparkling bay, and I joined many others in a new year walk along Findhorn’s long stretch of sandy beach.  Looking out to sea, I wondered what this year’s tide would bring; what was waiting out there on the horizon…

The brave pier-jumpers

The Moray area is ideal for blowing away cobwebs, whether by the coast, in the hills or in woodland.  For me, it is the perfect place to have a quiet Hogmanay – to soak up beautiful scenery and unwind after the busy festive period.  With a new road rolled out ahead, I needed to start the fresh year with long walks in the great Scottish outdoors.  And so I walked.  On the beach, around the village (watching those brave souls mark the first day of the year with a jump into the sea), and in the wooded area of Millbuies Country Park, tucked behind Elgin.  Yesterday I was soothed by seacapes and today by stunning forest reflections as the sinking sun brushed the tops of the trees. And so I step into 2014 with my best foot forward, thinking ahead to all the places I will explore this year; all the walks and bike rides and views that are waiting.  And the #brilliantmoments that Scotland has in store…

Back shore, Findhorn

Reflections at Millbuies Country Park

Millbuies Country Park, near Elgin

Boats at Millbuies

Sunset over Speyside

What was your #blogmanay experience?  What are you most looking forward to this year?  Leave your comments below.


  • Elizabeth Oliver
    3rd January 2014 4:50 pm

    Moray is a wonderful place to be over the holiday period as we have a great selection of beaches, loch, hills and for the fit and brave mountains. I was lucky enough to go on a Glenlivet Wildlife Tour in the Braes of Glenlivet to see Mountain Hare in white coats on snow on 30 Dec. My friends assured me that we saw at least 20. On New Year’s Day along with many families and dog walkers, I was on the beach at Lossiemouth on a cold, but sunny day enjoying the fresh sea air before heading home for lunch and a “wee dram”.

    • EmmaASSC
      6th January 2014 9:04 am

      Thank you for the comment, Elizabeth – sounds like a wonderful way to end one year and begin another! :-)

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