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Speyside Way including Tomintoul – 7 nights

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Speyside Way including Tomintoul – 7 nights

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As you walk over the next 7 days, you will follow the beautiful River Spey along well marked paths, with opportunities to experience wilderness, wildlife, culture, history, whiskey and sweeping ranges of heather-clad mountains, often capped with snow, rising above the valley.

Quick Facts

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 days’ walking
  • Guide book and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr telephone support during your walk
  • 83 miles (134km) and 1520m (5000ft) of ascent
  • Walk from the sea to the mountains
  • Look out for the variety of wildlife
  • Experience some of the wildest walking
  • Enjoy stunning views

About & Details

The Speyside Way is the farthest north of the four long distance routes in Scotland, this section being completed in April 2000. You will follow the valley of the magnificent River Spey from Buckie on the Moray Forth coast of NE Scotland south-westwards to Aviemore on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains with the additional visit to Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands. A trip of approximately 83 miles.

Most of your self-guided trip is relatively easy walking along good paths which are well waymarked and achievable for most walkers. The route to Tomintoul is over moorland and more undulating than the main route, but the climbs are gradual on good paths. There are opportunities to detour to places of interest, such as the Earth Pillars at Aultdearg, the attractive cast iron single span bridge at Craigellache, with Chessmen towers and various distilleries producing some of the most popular whiskies, along the way.

Although this trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help. You will need full walking kit including waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £60 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Solo traveller supplement £60 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £60 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: Buckie is located 55 miles east of Inverness.

By public transport:
Train and bus services are available from Inverness to Buckie. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airport is Inverness.

Car rental is available in Inverness.

Getting Away

By road: Aviemore is on the A9, approximately 40 minutes south of Inverness.

By public transport:
Aviemore has a regular train and bus service to Inverness. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airport is Inverness.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Aviemore, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Aviemore then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Aviemore at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Buckie

    Arrive at your accommodation in Buckie.

  • Day 2 – Buckie to Fochabers

    Your walk begins in the fishing port of Buckie. Following the coastline of Spey Bay, you will join an old railway line and woodland walk before reaching the mouth of the River Spey. The route heads inland through woods and across fields before reaching the small town of Fochabers.

    18km (11 miles), 65 m (213 ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Fochabers to Craigellache

    Today, your walk starts on pleasant, undulating country lanes arriving at amazing views over the Spey Valley and the Boat o’ Brig. From the Boat o’ Brig, there is an uphill climb though a stretch of mixed forest and farmland before descending into the small village of Craigallache.
    21km (13 miles), 490m (1607 ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 – Craigellache to Ballindalloch

    A relatively straightforward days walking awaits you today. You will be walking along the bed of the old railway line, following a pretty section of the Spey. You may wish to divert to the picturesque small town of Aberlour to visit the town’s famous distillery. Continuing along the railway line, you pass more distilleries before arriving at the hamlet of Ballindalloch.
    20km (13 miles), 48m (157 ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 - Ballindalloch to Tomintoul

    Today’s walk gives you a taste of one of the wildest and remotest parts of the Cairngorms. As you head up rough hill tracks, often very exposed, you will experience arguably the most spectacular section of the Speyside Way. You will descend into Tomintoul, passing by Campdalmore Wood, for your overnight stay.

    25km (16 miles), 550m (1800ft) of ascent

  • Day 6 – Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey

    A taxi awaits to return you to Ballindalloch to start today’s walk which will be challenging with undulating paths and tracks, through woods and fields. You will be rewarded with good views along the way of heathery hills and beautiful native Scots pines in Anagach Woods. Grantown-on-Spey is a town with beautiful architecture, for your overnight stay.

    23km (15 miles), 502m (1647 ft) of ascent

  • Day 7 - Grantown-on-Spey to Boat of Garten

    Your penultimate days walk will follow the old railway line as far as Nethy Bridge. From here, it is easy walking through a nature reserve woodland to Boat of Garten, a peaceful village surrounded by heather clad hills.
    18km (11 miles), 88m (288 ft) of ascent

  • Day 8 – Boat of Garten to Aviemore

    The last day’s walking offers the magnificent view of the Cairngorm mountains. The walking remains easy along paths and stony tracks, keep a look out for the steam train of the Strathsprey Railway, before arriving at Aviemore, the active outdoor area of the Cairngorms National Park and the end of your walk.
    10km (6 miles), 51m (167 ft) of ascent

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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