Spey Bay (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Spè) is a small settlement in Moray, Scotland. It is situated at the eastern side of the mouth of the River Spey on the coast of the Moray Firth between the village of Kingston on the western side of the Spey, and the fishing port of Buckie to the east.
- 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 450 ha nature reserve which forms part of the largest vegetated shingle habitat in Scotland.
- The Speyside Way long-distance footpath passes through Spey Bay.
- The Spey Bay Golf Club along the side of the Speyside Way long-distance footpath.
In popular culture
Spey Bay is referenced in (but not the subject of) "Spey Bay Area Hardcore", the title of a song by local crossover thrash band Genetic Mutation. The song's subject is the active and stylistically diverse DIY metal and punk rock music scene of Moray since the mid-2000s; which boasts several active bands, many record releases, and for a while, all-ages gigs held in village halls across the central laich of Moray. The term "Spey Bay Area Hardcore" was coined by local Bry Parasite, as an amalgamation of Spey Bay, and Bay Area hardcore, a flavour of hardcore which originated in the Bay Area of San Francisco, United States. The song "Spey Bay Area Hardcore" appears on studio recordings and is still played live by Genetic Mutation.
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