Long Distance Paths
The Dava Way
The Dava Way is a 23 mile trail across the ancient Celtic province of Morayshire between the historic towns of Forres and Grantown-on-Spey. The route links Strathspey and the Cairngorms National Park with the Moray Coast in North East Scotland.
Almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and is off road and safe from traffic. It passes through a pleasing mix of farmland, woodland and moorland as you climb from the Spey Valley to cross Dava Moor before descending to the Moray Firth. As you cross the moor on a clear day you are rewarded with views to the north over the shire counties of Nairn, Inverness, Moray, Ross & Cromarty, and Sutherland whilst to the south the Cromdale Hills and the Cairngorm Mountains dominate the skyline.
This is a pleasant and easy route with a variety of landscape, flora and fauna, along with natural and railway heritage. The surface of the path is generally compacted track-bed material, rough and rutted in places, and is good for walking and ‘off road’ cycling. Depending on weather, stretches may be very wet.
The route was opened as a long distance path in 2005 by the Dava Way Association - a voluntary organisation set up to develop the route. It continues to be developed and maintained by this group’s dedicated members.
Click here for the official Dava Way website for more information about the path, including updates, events and OS maps.