Spey Bay

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Spey Bay
Gaelic: Inbhir Spè
The Ice House at Tugnet.jpg
The Tugnet icehouse; osprey sculpture to the right
Location: 57°40’5"N, 3°5’18"W
Post town: Fochabers
Postcode: IV32
Dialling code: 01343
Local Government
Council: Moray

Spey Bay is a small settlement on the Banffshire coast. It is situated on the eastern side of the mouth of the River Spey, which here forms the border with Morayshire, on the coast of the Moray Firth. On the opposite bank of the Spey lies Kingston on Spey in Morayshire. The fishing port of Buckie lies to the east.

Tourist attractions

  • Spey Bay's origins are in salmon fishing on the Spey. The fishing station is no longer operational but the Tugnet icehouse - claimed to be the largest in Scotland - remains as a tourist attraction.
  • A part of the former fishing station has been converted to provide the Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, operated by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Famed for the dolphins, the Centre is within a wildlife haven that is also home to Ospreys, grey and harbour seals, otters, wildfowl and waders. It is part of a 1,100-acre nature reserve which forms part of the largest vegetated shingle habitat in Scotland.[1]
  • The Speyside Way long-distance footpath passes through Spey Bay.
  • The Spey Bay Golf Club along the side of the Speyside Way.


  1. "WDCS Moray Firth Wildlife Centre". http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/1FD35B27AD06078F80256FE0003C9C64. 
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