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Thistle within hexagonSpeyside Way

Highland, Moray

137 km / 85 miles
One of the original four Long Distance Routes in Scotland, and now one of the family of Scotland's Great Trails, it traces the course of the River Spey, a renowned salmon river. It links Buckie on the Moray Coast with Aviemore and then on to Newtonmore, and also offers a spur from Cragganmore to Tomintoul (15 miles).

Although the route generally offers easy walking on level ground, much on former railway tracks, before Craigellachie there are climbs to over 900ft on the flanks of Ben Aigan. 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. Later 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. In 2015 the route was extended beyond Aviemore to Kincraig and the recent extension to Newtonmore makes use of the NCN7 cycle route.


Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Average Gradients
Former Railway
Start: NJ425656 - Cluny Square, Buckie, Moray View on StreetMap
Finish: NN716991 - Newtonmore, Highland View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1981
Web Sites: Speyside Way Scotland's Great Trails - Speyside Way Walk Highlands - Speyside Way MorayWays - Speyside Way Undiscovered Scotland - Speyside Way Brian's Walks - Speyside Way [blog] Trailplanner - Speyside Way [blog] Camino Adventures - Guide to Walking the Speyside Way [blog] A walker's journal - The Speyside Way [blog] Watch Me See - Complete Hiking Guide to the Speyside Way in Scotland [blog] Exploring Scottish Trails - Speyside Way - Part 1 [blog] Speyside Way parts 1-3 [YouTube video] Trailwalker - 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  - 2021 )
General Interest Book National Trails : 19 long-distance routes through England, Scotland and Wales  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
Guidebook A boot up the Speyside Way  (Halsgrove Press  - 2010 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )
General Interest Book Big walks of the north  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
General Interest Book Tales from the Big Trails  (Vertebrate Publishing  - 2021 )
Guidebook Moray Way Companion  (Birlinn  - 2022 )

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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:
Harvey National Trail map
Speyside Way (Harvey Maps - 2021)
Speyside Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2019)

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Route Profile:

138.8 km (86.2 miles)
2,254 m (7,395 ft) ascent
341 m (1,119 ft)  maximum height

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