Bow Fiddle Rock: River City star Iain Robertson talks about his love for the Moray monument

Bow Fiddle Rock, near Portknockie, on the Moray Coast.

Why are you going there?

It is a magnificent and dramatic spectacle. I love that the North Sea has carved this amazing landmark out of rock for countless years. I heard that the rock, which looks like the tip of a violin bow, was once a cave and the sea eroded it over time to leave us with this impressive sight.

How often do you go there?

At least once a year. But in all honesty, if I’m ever in the area, I find every excuse I can find to make myself understood.

Bow Fiddle Rock, near Portknockie, on the Moray Coast

How did you discover it?

I was reading about the Moray Coast Trail, saw a picture of it and just knew I had to go. I actually had to nail a section of the Moray Coast Trail on my Speyside Way walk to make sure I was snapping my eyes at the great beauty.

What is your favorite memory?

Probably more recently on the final stretch of my extended Speyside Way walk. The waves were breaking and it brought a great sense of excitement.

On a recent visit, although not so much a favorite but a memorable one all the same, my buddy Delane, who lives near Portknockie, arranged to meet me there.

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Unfortunately, on her way to the rock, she tripped over a rock and broke her ankle. A walker approached me and said, “Are you Iain?” When I asked why, they said, “There’s a woman down the road screaming for someone named Iain!”

Who do you take?

Anyone and everyone. My girlfriend Joanne Gallagher was with me on my recent visit while we were filming Iain Robertson’s new series Rambles. Like all my hikes, I like to share the path as often as possible to create memorable memories with friends.

HeraldScotland: Iain Robertson presents the BBC series Iain Robertson Rambles in Scotland.  Photo: ASC Media Production/ BBC ScotlandIain Robertson presents the BBC Scotland series Iain Robertson Rambles. Photo: ASC Media Production/ BBC Scotland

I think sharing these walks together really helps bond and solidify friendships. So if I’m nearby and the buddy I’m with has never seen it, you can be sure we’re passing by.

What do you take?

Raincoats to protect against those aggressive waves and a camera to take even more pictures of the rock to add to the many already in my collection.

I recently got into packrafting, so I hope to visit on a day when the North Sea is relatively calm, so I can paddle through the rock.

What are you leaving behind?

Absolutely nothing, except maybe footprints.

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Sum it up in five words.

Amazing. Toning. Impressive. Romantic. Spectacular.

What other travel location is on your wish list?

Hopefully a foreign beach in the scorching sun, but failing that there’s plenty of Scotland to explore.

Iain Robertson Rambles continues on BBC Scotland, Friday at 8.30pm. You can also watch it at River City on BBC Scotland, Mondays at 10 p.m.

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