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9. The Speyside Way

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The Speyside Way


With its beguiling blend of mountain, river, wildlife and whisky, the Speyside Way is an appealing and less taxing alternative to the popular Highland and Southern Upland long distance footpaths. 

Starting at Buckie on the Moray Firth Coast, it follows the fast flowing River Spey from its mouth at Spey Bay south to Aviemore, with branches linking it to Dufftown, Scotland’s malt whisky capital., and Tomintoul on the remote edge of the Cairngorm mountains.

Some 65 miles long without taking on the branch routes, the whole thing is a 5 to 7 day expedition, but its proximity to main roads and small villages means that it is excellent for shorter walks or even bicycle trips, especially in the heart of distillery country between Craigellachie and Glenlivet.

Other highlights include the chance to encounter an array of wildlife, from dolphins at Spey Bay to ospreys at Loch Garten, as well as the restored railway trips on offer at Dufftown and Aviemore.

For further information contact: 
The Speyside Way Visitor Centre
Old Station Building
Banffshire, AB38 9QP 
Scotland, UK
Opening Times: 
The Speyside Way is open all year round
The Speyside Way Visitor Centre is open from May to October, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm  
T +44 (01340 881266
The Speyside Way Visitor Centre location 

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