A popular fundraising walk along the Moray coastline will return next month after last year’s event was cancelled following the death of two organisers.
Buckie Rotary Club members Bill Greig and Charles McKay died within weeks of each other during the final preparations for 2018’s Six Harbour Walk.
The blow left the group with no option but to cancel the event, with sections of the route also in doubt due to landslips.
Now the much-loved walk is due to return in May, allaying fears that if it was cancelled again on its 20th anniversary then it might never come back.
Up to 600 people have taken part in the cliff-top jaunt in the past, with overseas visitors also known to have taken part.
The dramatic 15-mile route from Portsoy to Buckie takes participants through the communities of Sandend, Portknockie and Findochty and takes in some of the most picturesque sights in the north-east, including the dramatic Bowfiddle Rock.
Changes have had to be made to the route near Cullen, however, due to lingering fears about landslips in the area.
Committee member Heather Pirie said: “Losing Bill and Charles so close together was such a massive blow to the club.
“We just couldn’t have come back from it to get everything together in time last year as they did so much for the walk.
“We had to bring it back this year though because I don’t think it would have survived if it was cancelled two years in a row.
“It’s a fantastic event to be part of. It has a real community feel and we get so much support from businesses. A lot of them provide catering on the route for walkers enabling them to stop for something to eat.”
The Six Harbour Walk will take place on Sunday May 5 and people can register online at www.sixharbourwalk.org to take part.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be split between Clan Cancer Support in Moray, Sue Ryder Compassion and Care and Shelter Box disaster relief.
Groups of four members or more can choose to raise funds for their own chosen charity.