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Thistle within hexagonSpeyside Way

116 km / 72 miles

Highlands, Moray
One of the original four officially designated Long Distance Routes in Scotland, and now one of the family of Scotland's Great Trails, it traces the River Spey, a renowned salmon river, linking Buckie on the Moray Coast with Aviemore in Strathspey and the Cairngorm fringes over some 65 miles, but with spurs added from Craigellachie to Dufftown (4 miles) and from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul (15 miles). Although it generally offers easy walking on level ground, much on past railway tracks, before Craigellachie there are climbs to over 900ft on Ben Aigan to Red Sheugh, and the extension into Tomintoul contains two more climbs on Cairnacay and Carn Daimh up to over 1,800ft. After Craigellachie it rises gently on the old trackbeds and, after Ballindalloch, a little more steeply in forest to cross the Spey at Cromdale to reach Grantown. The final stages offer views south to the Cairngorms massif and the Lairig Ghru cleft and west to the Monadhliath Mountains. Numerous whisky distilleries are sited along the route, including Glenfiddich. In 2015 the route was extended beyond Aviemore to Badenoch and Newtonmore, though still ending well below the river's source.

The Dava Way (23 miles and on OS mapping) is a multi-user trail across the ancient Celtic province of Morayshire linking the historic towns of Forres and Grantown-on-Spey (itself now in Highland), following the past Highland Railway line across Dava Moor.


Details:

Path Type
Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Waymark
Thistle within hexagon
Attributes
Scotland's Great Trails; Former Railway; Coastal; Forest/Woodland; Moorland; River
Start
NJ425655 - Cluny Square Car Park, Buckie, Moray
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Finish
NH833056 - Kincraig, Highlands
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Open Date
1981

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Guidebook + Map Flap
Speyside Way & Map (Rucksack Readers - 2007)
Paperback
Hardback
Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Leaflet
Leaflet
Dava Way (Dava Way Association - 2012)
Paperback
Big Walks of Great Britain (Summersdale Publishers - 2007)
Paperback
Big Walks of the North (Summersdale Publishers - 2010)

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
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27283536
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Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Speyside Way (Harvey Maps - 2007)
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Speyside Way (Footprint Maps - 2006)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Mickledore Travel Ltd)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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97 Km
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107 Km
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116 Km

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Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File
Speyside Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 15/07/2016 11:05:19 - Extension from Avimore to Kincraig
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MemoryMap Route file
Speyside Way Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 15/07/2016 11:05:19 - Extension from Avimore to Kincraig
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Tracklogs Route file
Speyside Way Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 15/07/2016 11:05:20 - Extension from Avimore to Kincraig
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Route Profile:

115.4 Km (71.7 miles)
1,796 m (5,892 ft) ascent
295 m (968 ft)  maximum height