"Pure waukin' aboot lookin' at the aul' railway" - Slow Marathoner
The fourth edition of the Slow Marathon took place along the former railway route from Portsoy to Huntly and was created by artist Stuart McAdam following his Lines Lost project. Stuart spent the summer of 2013 exploring the old railway line – which closed following the findings of the notorious Beeching report in 1963 – walking up and down its length, unearthing old stories and creating new ones along the way. We thought it only fitting to use his new found knowledge of the area to help us create the 2015 Slow Marathon route.
The 26 mile walk began at the harbour in Portsoy, following the track bed of the old railway as far as Cairnie junction before following the Deveron river back into Huntly. Along the route we passed, rail enthusiasts favourite, Tillynaught Junction; the former Cornhill station; a mysterious ghost train; some very expensive sheep; had a cheeky wee dram at Knock Distillery; and some very generous hospitality at various spots along the way.