5 Days Walking/6 Overnights

SPEYSIDE WAY: 5 DAYS WALKING/6 OVERNIGHTS

65 Miles/105 km

All walking tours should only be tackled if you are a fit walker with well worn in boots and this itinerary allows you a more leisurely walk with the longest day being 17 miles/27 km. This is a reasonable challenge and 5 days walking is one of our most popular choices.

Day 1

Travel to Buckie

Buckie with a population of 8000 is a tiny fishing village on the Moray Firth. Trains reach as far as nearby Elgin where a bus or taxi will take you to Buckie.

Day 2

Buckie to Fochabers(10 miles/16.5 km)

Leaving Buckie follow the Spey Bay before turning south to start your adventure along the River Spey. After a gentle first day’s walk you will reach the stage of Fochabers a village built by the 4th Duke of Gordon in 1776 because the original settlement and its population were close to his castle!

 

Day 3

Fochabers to Craigellachie(13 miles/21 km)

The climb out of Fochabers will reward you with fine views of the Spey Valley. Lovely walking through woodland and farmland will take you to Craigellachie where the waters of the Fiddich add their magic to the splendid Spey. The local hotel and the Highlander Inn are two of the best Malt Whisky Bars in Scotland!

 

Day 4

Craigellachie to Ballindalloch(12 miles/19 km)

Easy walking this day as you meander with the Spey towards the hamlet of Ballindalloch. On your way you will pass near to Aberlour and another chance to visit a fine Malt Whisky Distillery! Booking in advance essential for a tour of the distillery.

 

Day 5

Ballindalloch to Grantown(13 miles/21 km)

The Way drifts apart from the Spey at the beginning of today’s walk and after passing through farmland and wood you return to the Spey and head for Grantown-on-Spey. This fine Georgian town has a lovely square and a local museum.

 

Day 6

Grantown to Aviemore(17 miles/27.5 km)

Again farmland and forest will tug you away from the Spey. As you leave Nethy Bridge you will pass the Abernethy Nature Reserve and Loch Garten. After Boat of Garten you pass through woodland and your guide today is the Strathspey Steam Railway. Look out for the smoke as it passes through the Scots Pine. Soon you are on open moorland with fine views of the Cairngorm Mountains before you enter the highland town of Aviemore and the end of the Way. It is worth noting that as an extension of the Way has been planned since 2009 there is no official end to the Speyside Way! We have nominated the Cairngorm National Park display, just after the Police Station on the left hand side of the road as you walk into Aviemore, as a  fitting place for ‘that’ photograph!

 

Extra Nights/Rest Days : many people take an extra night at the stage of Craigellachie to visit the Macallan Distillery or the Speyside Cooperage. Alternatively, Aviemore is a hive of activity with much interest and activity. Additional overnights cost £45 per person.

 

You can extend your holiday on the existing Way by walking the Dufftown Spur (6 miles/9.5 km) and visit the Glenfiddich Distillery, where the world famous Single Malt Whisky is distilled. You are then transferred back to your accommodation in Craigellachie for a second overnight stay. Alternatively you can choose to walk back to Craigellachie (6 miles/9.5 km).

 

Another Spur takes you to Tomintoul (15 miles/24 km). This is a challenging day’s walking. However, you are rewarded with great views and a sense wilderness as you walk through the magnificent Cairngorms. Finally, you will arrive at the small and interesting highland  village of Tomintoul before being transferred back to Ballindalloch for a second overnight stay. An alternative is to be transferred up to Tomintoul in the morning as the walk back to Ballindalloch is slightly less strenuous, albeit you still have to ‘top’ Cairn Daimh (569 metres, 1,800 feet)!

 

Extension of the Speyside Way

There are plans afoot to continue the Way to nearer the actual source of the Spey at Newtonmore. Gemini Walks have researched this extension and although not way marked yet we will supply you with maps and detailed route notes for easy navigation. By adding 2 days walking and 23 miles/37 km to the Speyside Way you can become one of the first to complete the extended trail!

 

For information and prices for the extended Speyside Way and the Dufftown & Tomintoul Spurs please contact Julie or Steve on info@geminiwalks.com or call for an informal chat 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) Sláinte.

 

Price of 6 Overnight Package : £425.00 per person (based on two persons sharing)

 

This package includes:

+ Six overnight stays in selected quality b&bs/guest houses/small hotels with en-suite facilities

+ Full Scottish breakfast

+ Baggage transfer from stage to stage

+ Speyside Way Rucksack Guide or Harvey Map

+ Comprehensive tour pack with full information on your walk including location details for your accommodations and local facilities

+ The services of the Gemini Team prior to and during your holiday

 

Not Included:

– Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks (available at all stages)

– Transport to Buckie/from Aviemore

– Travel Insurance (we recommend that you arrange your own cover)

 

Notes :

* Group discounts available for 4 or more walkers. Please ask at time of booking.

 

* Please note that for the Speyside Way the single supplement is £20 per night if part of a group and £30 per night for solo walkers.

 

Please feel free to contact Julie or Steve on info@geminiwalks.com or call 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) for any further information on this walk.  Thank you.

 

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