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Thistle within hexagonSpeyside Way

Highland, Moray

116 km / 72 miles
One of the original four officially designated Long Distance Routes in Scotland, and now one of the family of Scotland's Great Trails, it traces the River Spey, a renowned salmon river, linking Buckie on the Moray Coast with Aviemore in Strathspey and the Cairngorm fringes over some 65 miles, but with spurs added from Craigellachie to Dufftown (4 miles) and from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul (15 miles). Although it generally offers easy walking on level ground, much on past railway tracks, before Craigellachie there are climbs to over 900ft on Ben Aigan to Red Sheugh, and the extension into Tomintoul contains two more climbs on Cairnacay and Carn Daimh up to over 1,800ft. After Craigellachie it rises gently on the old trackbeds and, after Ballindalloch, a little more steeply in forest to cross the Spey at Cromdale to reach Grantown. The final stages offer views south to the Cairngorms massif and the Lairig Ghru cleft and west to the Monadhliath Mountains. Numerous whisky distilleries are sited along the route, including Glenfiddich. In 2015 the route was extended beyond Aviemore to Kincraig. Work is now well advanced to extend the route to Newtonmore.


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Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
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Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Average Gradients
Former Railway
Start: NJ425655 - Cluny Square Car Park, Buckie, Moray View on StreetMap
Finish: NH833056 - Kincraig, Highland View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1981
Web Sites: Moray Council - Speyside Way Scotland's Great Trails - Speyside Way MorayWays - Long Distance Paths MorayWays - Speyside Way Annierak - Speyside Way [blog] Walk Highlands - Speyside Way Brian's Walks - Speyside Way [blog] The Speyside Way parts 1-3 [YouTube video] Trailplanner - Speyside Way [blog] Exploring Scottish Trails - Speyside Way - Part 1 [blog] Camino Adventures - Hiking the Speyside Way [blog] A walker's journal - The Speyside Way [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking the Speyside Way : a Scottish great trail : includes the Dava Way and Moray Coast trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Guidebook Speyside Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2016 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
General Interest Book Big walks of the north  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
Guidebook A boot up the Speyside Way  (Halsgrove Press  - April 2010 )
Guidebook The National Trails : 19 long-distance routes through England, Scotland and Wales  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 27, 28, 35, 36
OS Landranger Active 27, 28, 35, 36
OS Explorer 56, 57, 60, 61, 424
OS Explorer Active 56, 57, 60, 61, 424
Other Paper Maps:
Speyside Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2019)
Harvey National Trail map
Speyside Way (Harvey Maps - 2021)

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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Great British Walks Limited)

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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
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80 km
Hostel Accommodation
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89 km
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97 km
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107 km
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116 km

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GPX Route File
Speyside Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 15/07/2016 11:05:19 - Extension from Avimore to Kincraig
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Speyside Way Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 15/07/2016 11:05:19 - Extension from Avimore to Kincraig
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Tracklogs Route File
Speyside Way Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 15/07/2016 11:05:20 - Extension from Avimore to Kincraig
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Route Profile:

115.4 km (71.7 miles)
1,796 m (5,892 ft) ascent
295 m (968 ft)  maximum height

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