The Speyside Way
The Speyside Way
The Speyside Way is one of Scotland's four official Long Distance Routes (LDRs). It runs between Aviemore, at the heart of Strathspey, 66 miles to Buckie, on the Moray Firth. The route passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes; by rivers and mountains, over moorland and along forest paths. It includes a spur to Tomintoul, an additional 15 miles.For more information on other Scotland's Great Trails go to the 'Other Information: Useful Links' section below.
FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE ROUTE, CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE FOOT OF THIS PAGE TO THE OFFICIAL SPEYSIDE WAY WEBSITE.
THE ROUTE AND FEATURES OF INTEREST:
Generally the route is gentle rather than arduous, and footpaths are mostly well maintained; look out for the waymarkers in the design of a stylised thistle.
The Speyside Way Ranger Service is based at the Speyside Way Visitor Centre in Aberlour and is responsible for the day to day operation of the whole route.
HEIGHT CLIMBED AND DEGREE OF SLOPE:
Most of the route is fairly level with some gentle slopes, although there are some steeper sections between Ballindalloch and Grantown. The Tomintoul Spur climbs to around 1800ft above sea level at two locations.
The route offers mainly easy walking on low ground (a mixture of seashore, river valley, old railway and moorland). It should be noted that the section between Ballindalloch and Grantown is more strenuous and the Tomintoul Spur is also steeper and passes through very exposed locations.
Users should make sure that they carry suitable clothing for all weather conditions.
WALKING:All of the route suitable.
CYCLING:The route between Fochabers and Ballindalloch and between Nethy Bridge and Aviemore is suitable for cycling. The 'offroad" sections between Ballindalloch and Tomintoul, and between Ballindalloch and Cromdale cannot sustain cycle traffic and you are asked to avoid them.
HORSE RIDING:The route is suitable for horseriding between Craigellachie and Ballindalloch . Riders must be prepared to negotiate fords in two places, and a number of low, single rail stiles.
The whole route is covered by a public right of access, which has been established by Scottish Law. With these rights come responsibilities, which are spelled out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. For more information visit: www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
The Speyside Way Visitor Center,
The Old Station Building,
Banffshire, AB38 9QP
Tel. 01340 881266
Tel. 0870 608 2 608
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