The Speyside Way

A Scottish Great Trail, includes the Dava Way and Moray Coast trails

eBook Options

Purchase an eBook to download and read this guide straight away. There are options for desktop and mobile devices as well as dedicated eBook Readers.

Google Play

Google Play Books available for Windows, Android, Mac and iOS

Google Play

Kobo

Kobo eReader devices plus Kobo App available for Windows, Android, Mac and iOS

Kobo

Kindle

Kindle Reader devices plus Kindle App available for Windows, Android, Mac and iOS

Kindle
ISBN
9781852848682
Availability
Published
Published
15 Dec 2016
Edition
Second
Pages
224
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
330g

Delivery & Returns

Free 1st Class postage on UK orders. European postage from £2 per item. Worldwide postage from £3 per item. If you're not happy with your purchase for any reason, we'll give you a full refund.
More information...

Guidebook to Scotland's Speyside Way, a 66 mile walk which follows the River Spey from Aviemore to Buckie. Divided into 10 stages, which range from 2 to 11 miles, the Speyside Way can be linked to the Dava Way and Moray Coast Trail, which are also described. Includes information on accommodation and a separate booklet of 1:25,000 maps.

Seasons Seasons
The Speyside Way is suitable in all seasons, apart from Prologue which is unsafe in winter except for experienced backpackers; late spring and early autumn particularly good; limited facilities in winter for most locations visited
Centres Centres
Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey, Aberlour, Craigellachie, Fochabers, Tomintoul, Dufftown, Forres, Findhorn, Burghead, Lossiemouth, Findochty, Cullen. Also Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge, Fort Augustus
Difficulty Difficulty
generally easy and well waymarked trails suitable for walkers of most abilities; Prologue routes are recommended for experienced and well equipped walkers only as they are not waymarked and include trackless routes over remote country
Must See Must See
The Speyside Way, Dava Way, Moray Coast Trail and Moray Way plus wilderness trails to source of Spey; numerous whisky distilleries, disused railway tracks and heritage railways, broad strath of Speyside, scenic coastal fishing settlements and abundant wildlife
ISBN
9781852848682
Availability
Published
Published
15 Dec 2016
Edition
Second
Pages
224
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
330g
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes the Speyside Way, one of Scotland's Great Trails that follows the River Spey for 66 mile (106km) through northern Scotland from Aviemore to the old port of Buckie on the Moray coast. Featuring easy walking on good paths and along disused railway lines, the route can be comfortably completed in a week and is presented in 10 stages of between 2 and 13 miles (3-21km).

    The guide also details the recently opened 6½-mile (10.5km) extension to the Speyside Way between Kincraig and Aviemore as well as two alternatives to the main route and routes to the source of the Spey. Also featured are three other trails in the same region which can be combined with the Speyside Way to form a longer trek: the 25 mile (40km) Dava Way, 47 mile (76km) Moray Coast Trail and 12½ mile (20km) Badenoch Way. 

    Alongside detailed route description, the guide includes background information, local points of interest (including a list of distilleries!), tips on transport and accommodation and recommendations for mountain-bikers and riders, who can follow stretches of the route. A handy booklet containing all the OS 1:25,000 Explorer mapping needed to complete the Speyside Way is located in the back cover sleeve.

    The Spey is Scotland's third longest river, famed for its salmon and its distilleries. Rising in the Monadhliath Mountains, it flows through remote glens to the Highland resort of Aviemore, surrounded by the wild Cairngorms. From there, the Speyside Way follows the river's course through the countryside, forests and small towns of Strathspey and Moray to reach its mouth on the Moray Firth and the unique shingle systems at Spey Bay.   

  • Contents

    Contents
    INTRODUCTION
    The official trails of Speyside and Moray
    The routes in this guidebook
    The River Spey
    When to walk
    Which direction to walk
    Suggested longer routes
    Suggested day walks
    Mountain biking and horse riding
    Getting there
    Public transport
    Accommodation
    Campsites and wild camping
    Refreshments
    Tourist information
    What to take
    Maps
    Navigation and waymarking
    Walking in Scotland
    Using this guide
    THE SPEYSIDE WAY – SOURCE TO SEA
    PROLOGUE
    BADENOCH WAY AND LINKS
    SPEYSIDE WAY
    Stage 1 Aviemore to Boat of Garten
    Stage 2 Boat of Garten to Nethy Bridge
    Stage 3 Nethy Bridge to Grantown-on-Spey
    Stage 4 Grantown-on-Spey to Cromdale
    Stage 5 Cromdale to Ballindalloch station
    Stage 6 Ballindalloch station to Aberlour
    Stage 7 Aberlour to Craigellachie
    Stage 8 Craigellachie to Fochabers
    Stage 9 Fochabers to Spey Bay
    Stage 10 Spey Bay to Buckie
    TOMINTOUL SPUR
    DUFFTOWN LOOP
    DAVA WAY
    MORAY COAST TRAIL

    APPENDIX A Route summary table
    APPENDIX B Useful contacts
    APPENDIX C Further reading
    APPENDIX D Whisky production and Speyside distilleries

  • Updates
    Receive updates by email
    Be notified by email when this book receives an update or correction

    November 2017


    The water tap at Blacksboat (page 123, Second Edition, 2016) is now labelled as contaminated and not fit for drinking.
     

  • Reviews
    if you can't make it from aviemore to buckie utilising the guide and the maps, you probably shouldn't consider leaving home in the first place

    this particular volume from cicerone is the first i've come across that arrives inside a laminated pvc sleeve, containing not only the book itself, but a full colour ordnance survey 1:25,000 route map booklet. (the map booklet is also available separately at a cost of £7.95) if you can't make it from aviemore to buckie utilising the guide and the maps, you probably shouldn't consider leaving home in the first place. but, as with the majority of cicerone guides, the overall route is broken up into more appetising, bite-size chunks.

    thewashingmachinepost

  • Downloads
Castle

Alan Castle

Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.

View Guidebooks by Alan Castle