The Battle of Mortlach Walk

The battle of Mortlach was fought in 1010 between King Malcolm II of Scotland and Viking Danes. Having skirmished on the Moray Coast Malcolm withdrew inland with his army. The Vikings being expert navigators negotiated the River Spey in flood and sailed their longboats up the Spey and landed at Carron. The Viking Danes then marched towards Mortlach crossing the Conval Hills and making camp on the site of the Iron Age Fort on Meikle Conval. From here they engaged in battle with Malcolm's Army.

This walk will trace the battle and will start at the Beatshach at the base of Ben Rinnes and follow the general line of the battle ending at the King's Grave. Unlike the armies we will retire for a light lunch at the Sidings Café at Dufftown Station.

The cost of the walk includes lunch and a couple of drams along the route. The walk is about 8 kms and after an initial steep climb shouldn't be too arduous. Stout footwear is essential and suitable outdoor clothing is recommended. If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Steve Oliver (

The meeting points will be Dufftown Railway Station at 8.30am and the Whisky Museum, 10 Conval St Dufftown at 08.45am

This event has already taken place.

Please come again next year.

Steve Oliver
12 Conval St
AB55 4AD, United Kingdom
Tel: 01340-881616

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