You could probably get away spending less if you eat out less, or save money on drinks. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Not unexpectedly, Kinrara Estate is resisting the imposition of a Footpath Creation Order, and the appeal will be determined by a Scottish Government Reporter sometime in the next few months. Stage 3: Grantown on Spey to Ballindalloch 25km, 9 hours including breaks After picking up lunch at the local supermarket, we backtracked our steps to the junction at the top of Anagach Woods and followed the signs for Speyside Way once again. We were not lucky in spotting any bottle-nose dolphins around Spey Bay, but were excited when we encountered a local seal colony after Portgordon. This itinerary can be adapted to suit you. This is a book to encourage us to open our eyes to the many delights of the Speyside Way, and to appreciate so much that we may not have noticed while driving to the Cairngorms.
Once we reached Ballindalloch station near Cragganmore, we left the official Speyside Way trail and followed signs for the Tomintoul Spur. Our home for the night, Craigellachie, was just another 3. Macs did a very good job organizing; everything worked, on-time. On most days my vegan lunch pack consisted of a fresh roll, a tub of hummus, a snack portion of olives, a carrot or bell pepper, an apple or pear, and vegan Trek bars, which are available in the Free From section at the Co-op. For an overview of Long Distance Trails in the rest of Britain and Europe, follow these links: Long Distance Walkers Association and Epaths. The walk takes you through all types of countryside from the open coast, through farm and forest by the Riiver Spey which, with its tributaries, provides the clear water for the famous Speyside malt whisky distilleries , and towards the wilderness of the Cairngorm Mountains. Drink water This is the longest section of the Speyside Way and it is important that you carry enough water with you! Along the way walkers pass through a series of attractive villages and some of the many whisky distilleries for which Speyside is so famous.
All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. The food was good, the staff really friendly, and we were happy to have found a restaurant in Buckie, with vegan options. The last five miles from to opened in 1999, and the southern section to completed the Speyside Way in April 2000. Theoretically, you can walk the Speyside Way in either direction, but to me, the more logical way is to walk from the mountains to the sea. This role will be taken on by the National Park Authority themselves. I had a vegan potato and leek soup with an avocado, beetroot and hummus sandwich.
Along the way walkers pass through a series of attractive villages and some of the many whisky distilleries for which Speyside is so famous. Today the railway line is still a novelty — it means the trail is conveniently wide and the ground fairly flat and easy to walk on. Public transport between the stages is more patchy. Stage 5: Grantown to Aviemore - 17 miles, 28 km Today you enter Strathspey and the Cairngorm Mountains start to dominate the view to your left. The tour cost £15 per person and lasted around 2. Kincraig has bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation but no shop.
We took a dive in — brrr, it was cold — and took a long break in the sun to cool down. The whole route runs through a fine progression of scenery, from the coastline of Spey Bay, up through the birchwoods and pastures of the lower Spey with views of the moors slowly replaced by the mountains. Day 8 Boat of Garten to Aviemore 6m, 9. We used the Cicerone Speyside Way hiking guidebook available , which describes the route walking from Aviemore to Buckie and was very helpful in terms of planning our walk. Although the guide books are written North to South we do supply directions to accommodations for walkers going South to North. Speak to us on the phone and we can tell you how we can help. The Craigallachie Hotel famously boasts 550 malt whiskies behind its bar.
I suggest you try to arrange a pickup with your accommodation. Ah well, I guess others will have to share our pain! About half-way between Aviemore and Boat of Garten, instead of turning left to pass under the Strathspey Railway, we turned right on a track wide enough to fit a vehicle. Where to stay on the Speyside Way There is lots of accommodation in the Speyside region, but walking without a support vehicle limited our choices significantly. After an hour of mostly walking flat or downhill through the forest, we reached Cromdale, a small village with little noteworthy going on. Keep an eye out for wooden posts with an engraved white or yellow thistle symbol. Speyside Walk - Suggested Itinerary 8 Nights - 7 Days Day 1 Arrive Buckie Good bus connections from Inverness and Aberdeen to this busy wee fishing town Day 2 Buckie to Fochabers 10m, 16k A coastal walk to the ever changing mouth of the Spey, then a gentle walk alongside Scotland's most dynamic river.
Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands and Islands. There are also shops, and a campsite at Burnside on the eastern edge of the village. The Way offers a perfect mix of river and hill walking as it follows the River Wye. If you travel from the south of Scotland, it is probably easier and quicker to get a train from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Aviemore. I will be sending you awe-inspiring photos, a round up of my latest travel stories, recommended readings about Scotland and the latest news of what's going on at the Watch Me See headquarters! Have you ever done a long-distance trek as a vegan? There is a resident pipe band in Dufftown which which often plays for tourists in the evening. There are also two spurs off the main path, of 15 miles to and of 4 miles to The central parts of the Way opened in 1981, with the spur following in 1990.
Baggage Transfer Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. As a member of my Clan you get all that plus a little more! Getting to and from the Speyside Way The closest airport to the Speyside Way is Inverness. We made a dinner reservation at the local hotel pub best to call in advance and moved into our room for the night. I had not for nothing — I had to walk the Speyside Way, which runs parallel to the Speyside whisky trail crisscrossing the northeast of Scotland. The tourist office is in a sort of mini castle in the middle of the town 01340-820501.
If you travel from the south of Scotland, it is probably easier and quicker to get a train from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Aviemore. During a major infestation of ermine moth caterpillars, whole bird cherry trees can be completely enveloped in this silken stocking and become totally defoliated. On the Speyside Way, you will experience so much of what Scotland has to offer. The trail is fairly easy, so anyone with a basic level of fitness could do this as well. The walk takes you through all types of countryside from the open coast, through farm and forest by the Riiver Spey which, with its tributaries, provides the clear water for the famous Speyside malt whisky distilleries , and towards the wilderness of the Cairngorm Mountains.
Choose according to your available time and the pace you find most comfortable. When booking a walking holiday, someone else does this work for you and you can rest assured that the accommodation along the Way loves up to your expectations. The same applies to the Accommodation Leaflet now published for 2011 and the website - the likelihood is, though, that 12 months from now we will be looking to the private sector to provide some of these information services. One thing to keep in mind is to look into the ownership of whisky distilleries. Grantown has a wide choice of and , with a large on the northwestern fringe. As the walk to Dufftown is quite short, so why not include a short guided walking tour of Dufftown and its distilleries? Well worth it if you are a whisky lover.