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Speyside Way (South to North) – 6 nights

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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 £75 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £75 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: 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)

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