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Speyside Way

Speyside Way ~ 65 miles (105 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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The Speyside Way is a good introduction to hiking. It offers a mostly easy and well signposted walk that passes through some of Scotland’s most varied and beautiful scenery. First opened in 1981, it is one of Scotland’s Official Long Distance Walks – extending 65miles (105km) with the option of interesting spurs to Dufftown (4miles / 6.5km) and Tomintoul (15miles / 24km) making the total distance 84miles (135km).

As one of the Moray Ways, this walk has a lot to offer. Commencing in the fishing village of Buckie on the Moray Firth, the route travels west along the shoreline to reach Spey Bay before turning south to follow the winding River Spey on old railway tracks, forest trails through farmland to reach the Cairngorm Mountains and the Highland Resort of Aviemore. Along the way there are many attractive villages and small towns, whisky distilleries (including Aberlour and Craigellachie), castles and a wide variety of historical sites.

A special feature of this area is the rich and varied bird-life ranging from the seabirds and waders of the Spey estuary to the eagles, buzzards and ospreys of the inland mountains and lochs.  By embracing the Whisky Trail that conveniently runs through Speyside, the walk also offers an opportunity to visit a number of distilleries in the region.

The Speyside Way is generally flat and suitable for all the family but, there are two significant climbs – the shoulder of Ben Aigan (270m) and the other over Carn Daimh (450m) on the Tomintoul Spur.

The destination of Aviemore is a delightful way to end the walk surrounded by beautiful scenery and an abundance of attractions for all ages. There is a thriving local population and a welcoming atmosphere of an all year round activity centre offering walking, climbing, biking, and a whole host of other activities as part of the Cairngorms National Park.

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Speyside Way ~ 65 miles (105 km) ~ 5 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £490 per person

Single supplement - £160


  • 6 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Rucksack Readers Guide Book
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

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You can see the Fixed Price stages in the table below, with the additional optional stages in brackets. You can also choose different types of accommodation, for example bunkhouses or hotels at some stages. You can also stay an extra night at any point on The Speyside Way, there is so much to see in the area. If you don’t require overnight stays at the start and end of the walk, simply let us know at the time of booking. Explain any changes you require in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form. We will recalculate the price of your holiday based on the changes you make and will confirm the price before any payment is requested. The final amount you pay may be lower or higher than our Fixed Price, depending on the options you choose.

Stages and Distances (Optional extra stages shown in brackets)
10 miles - 16 km
13 miles - 21 km
12 miles - 19 km
(Dufftown Spur)
4 miles - 6.5 km
15 miles - 24 km
(Tomintoul Spur)
13 miles - 21 km
11 miles - 18 km
(Boat of Garten)
6 miles - 10 km


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