The Moray Coast & Whisky Trail

The Moray Coast & Whisky Trail

Vanaf Inverness, de hoofdstad van de Highlands, fietst u naar het oosten over de rustige wegen van Moray. U kunt onderweg heel veel historische plekken bezoeken, waaronder Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle en Gardens, Brodie Caste en op Fort George, dat nog steeds in gebruik is als opleidingsplaats voor soldaten vindt u het Regimental Museum of the Queen’s Own Highlanders. Er zijn ook mooie stranden en misschien neemt u wel een frisse duik bij Lossiemouth voor u landinwaarts gaat langs de oever van de Rivier de Spey. Dit gebied is beroemd vanwege de vele distilleerderijen. U kunt er een aantal bezoeken onderweg zoals Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Cardhu en Tamdhu. U komt uiteindelijk in Grantown-on-Spey en Aviemore en rijdt vanaf daar met de trein terug naar Inverness. 

De korte routebeschrijving

Day 1 Arrive InvernessInverness now a thriving modern town has historical links going back to Neolithic times. Many battles have been fought for control of this strategic site. A visit to the Garrison Castle Encounter will take you back to 1745 and the Jacobite Rebellion. Evening: collect cycles and equipment, route briefing and instruction.

Day 2 Inverness – Nairn 21/31 ml (34/50 km)
The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 ended with defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Army at Culloden 8km east of Inverness. There is now an excellent Visitor Centre with exhibitions and historical information. From there visit Cawdor Castle, the most romantic castle in the Highlands. It is the family home of Lord and Lady Cawdor with fine furnishings and beautiful gardens. Your overnight stop is at the seaside town of Nairn.

Day 3. NAIRN – ELGIN 28 ml (45 km)
Visit Brodie Castle and the seaside villages of Findhorn and Burghead as you cycle along the flat countryside of the Moray coast to Elgin with its Catherdral and interesting museum and home to the Glen Moray distillery.

Day 4 Elgin – Craigellachie 27/21 ml (43/33 km)
The Speyside Way begins at Spey Bay. Cycling is permitted on this long distance walk and the route follows the River Spey on footpaths, quiet roads and disused railway tracks. The scenery is spectacular, wildlife is plentiful and beautiful wild flowers attract many butterflies. The shorter alternative avoids the Speyside way and a steep climb through the forest at the end of the day.

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Day 5. CRAIGELLACHIE – GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY 24/42ml (39/68km)
Cycle along the quiet roads of Banffshire never far from the River Spey to reach Grantown-on Spey. This picturesque town is surrounded by woodland and is very popular with summer visitors who enjoy its fresh air and woodland walks.

Day 6. GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY – AVIEMORE 23/15ml (37/24km)
A chance to visit the Nature Reserves at Loch Garten and Abernethy Forest on the way to Aviemore. The mighty Cairngorm Mountains tower above the clear waters of Loch Morlich. Perhaps take the chance to try some water sports or explore the many forest tracks.  The shorter alternative takes you to Boat of Garten and from there it is a traffic free cycle to Aviemor

Day 7. REST DAY AVIEMORE 21/23ml (34/37km)
Perhaps cycle through Rothiemurchus forest to the Watersports centre at Loch Morlich and continue to the Funicular railway; 21 miles round trip or cycle to the Highland Wildlife park at Kincraig following the sustrans route number 7. 23mls round trip. If you do not want to cycle enjoy a ride on the steamtrain to Boat of Garten.

Day 8. Depart Aviemore.