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Speyside Way (South to North) – 6 Nights

April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct£829 pp

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Speyside Way (South to North) – 6 Nights

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As you walk over the next 6 days, you follow the beautiful River Spey along well marked paths, with opportunities to experience wildlife, culture, history, whiskey and sweeping ranges of heather-clad mountains, often capped with snow, rising above the valley.

Quick Facts

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days’ walking
  • Guide book and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr telephone support during your walk
  • 66 miles (106km) and 780m (2560ft) of ascent
  • Walk from the mighty Cairngorm Mountains to the coast of the Moray Firth
  • Look out for the variety of wildlife
  • 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 start in Aviemore on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains and travel north eastwards to Buckie on the coast of the Moray Firth, following the flow of the River Spey. A trip of approximately 66 miles.

Your self-guided trip is relatively easy walking along good paths which are well waymarked and achievable for most walkers. 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

  • 6 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 £90 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

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

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

By air:
The nearest airport is Inverness.

Getting Away

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

By public transport:
Train and bus services are available from Buckie 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 Buckie, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Buckie 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 Buckie 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 Aviemore

    Arrive at your accommodation in Aviemore.

  • Day 2 – Aviemore to Boat of Garten

    Your walk begins by experiencing the magnificent views of the Cairngorm mountains. The walking is easy along paths and stony tracks, keep a look out for the Steam train of the Strathsprey Railway, before arriving at Boat of Garten, a peaceful village surrounded by heather clad hills.

    10km (6 miles), 40m (130ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Boat of Garten to Grantown-on-Spey

    Today’s walking will take you along an easy path, through a nature reserve woodland to Nethy Bridge, built in 1810 in the classic Telford design with 3 arches. From here, you follow the old railway line into Grantown-on-Spey, a town with beautiful architecture, for your night’s stay.

    18km (11 miles), 70m (70 ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 – Grantown-on-Spey to Ballindalloch

    Walking today will be more 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. Tonight, you will stay in the hamlet of Ballindalloch, famous for Ballindalloch Castle and Ballindalloch Distillery.

    23km (15 miles), 320m (1050 ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 – Ballindalloch to Craigellache

    A relatively straightforward days walking awaits you today. You will walk along the bed of the old railway line, passing many distilleries along the way. You may wish to divert to the picturesque small town of Aberlour to visit their famous distillery. The beauty of the Spey is revealed along the next section of the railway line, before descending into the small village of Craigallache.

    20km (13 miles), 0m (0 ft) of ascent

  • Day 6 - Craigellache to Fochabers

    Today, your penultimate day’s walk takes you through a stretch of farmland and mixed forest before the descent to Boat o’ Brig. From here, you will experience amazing views over the Spey Valley and the Boat o’ Brig. Walking is pleasant along undulating country lanes before arriving at the small town of Fochabers.

    21km (13 miles), 350m (1150 ft) of ascent

  • Day 7 – Fochabers to Buckie

    For your final days walking, you will cross fields and pass-through woods before the route heads towards the coast and the mouth of the River Spey. The coastline of Spey Bay coastal reserve, with wildlife to spot, makes for pleasant walking as you reach the small fishing town of Buckie and the end of your walk.

    18km (11 miles), 0m (0 ft)

Notes:

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

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
5 days ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
a week ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
3 weeks ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
4 weeks ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
a month ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
a month ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
a month ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

Denise Parkinson
a month ago

Just an amazing experience. Maximum Adventure booked us into a great hotel in Fort William, and after a great night' rest - we met our guide Innes. Innes was brilliant. He gave us the confidence we needed and looked after the entire group. He also waited until the last person was down off the mountain safely. We also learned a lot about the history and geography of the region as well. It was fantastic. Thank you Maximum Adventure.

mark amos
2 months ago

Great service from MA. Good, prompt communications, the accommodations they booked were all either on the trail or within a mile of it. Good maps, info, and updates.

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
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Great team of staff to support you

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