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Thistle within hexagonSpeyside Way

Highland, Moray

116 km / 72 miles
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:

Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Average Gradients
Former Railway
Coastal
Forest/Woodland
Moorland
River
Start: NJ425655 - Cluny Square Car Park, Buckie, Moray View on StreetMap
Finish: NH833056 - Kincraig, Highland View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1981
Web Sites: Undiscovered Scotland - Specific Walks Walk Highlands - Scotland's Long Distance Walking Routes Scotland's Great Trails Annierak - Speyside Way MorayWays - Long Distance Paths MorayWays - Speyside Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Speyside Way : a Scottish great trail : includes the Dava Way and Moray Coast trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association  - 2009 )
Guidebook Speyside Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2007 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Leaflet Speyside Way accommodation & general information guide  (Speyside Way Ranger Service )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
General Interest Book Big Walks of the North  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
Guidebook A boot up the Speyside Way  (Halsgrove Press  - April 2010 )
Guidebook National trails : complete guide to Britain's National Trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )

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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 27, 28, 35, 36
OS Landranger Active 27, 28, 35, 36
OS Explorer 56, 57, 60, 61, 424
OS Explorer Active 56, 57, 60, 61, 424
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Speyside Way (Harvey Maps - 2015)
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Speyside Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2006)
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Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays (North-West Frontiers Ltd)
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GPX 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
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Tracklogs Route File
Speyside Way Tracklogs Route file
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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

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