7. The Speyside Way
Tijdens deze wandeling van 125 km. loopt u door ‘whisky country’ naar de Cairngorm Mountains, een schitterend gebied. U volgt de River Spey van Buckie aan de Moray Firth kust door het hart van Speyside naar Aviemore. Het landschap verandert van open kustland in vruchtbaar bouwland en eindigt met heide begroeide heuvels en bergen en aloude Caledonische naaldbossen. In the Firth of Moray leven heel veel dolfijnen en bent u geïnteresseerd in visarenden dan is Loch Garten uw plek! In dit mooie landschap liggen aantrekkelijke dorpjes, kastelen, landhuizen en er komt heel veel wild voor. Natuurlijk kan een bezoek of meerdere bezoeken aan een van de vele whisky distilleerderijen niet ontbreken.
De aanbevolen optie is: 6 wandeldagen en 7 nachten
Day 1: Travel to Buckie and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.
Day 2: Buckie to Fochabers (10 miles / 16 km) Beginning at Buckpool Harbour, the Speyside Way follows easy paths along the dramatic coastline of the Moray Firth. From Spey Bay it continues along riverside paths and tracks to Fochabers. At the end of your day’s walk pay a visit to Baxters Highland Village to sample their world famous soups and produce – it’s a great way to end the day.
Day 3: Fochabers to Craigellachie (13 miles / 21 km) From Fochabers you follow the east bank of the river, joining a quiet road high above the Spey. As the Way follows forest tracks along the side of Ben Aigan there are wonderful views across the Spey valley before descending into the attractive village of Craigellachie. Visit the Macallan Distillery or extend your route to follow the 4 mile ‘Dufftown Spur’ to this charming little town and the malt whisky capital of the world.
Day 4: Craigellachie to Ballindalloch (12 miles / 19 km) Your Speyside Way walk continues its journey south with easy walking through a wooded valley and along riverside and farmland. It passes through the villages of Aberlour, Carron and Knockando before arriving into Ballindalloch, a small village surrounded by majestic hills and just a scattering of houses. Here you’ll find Ballindalloch Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland and known as the ‘pearl of the north’. A visit to the Castle and its gardens will be a real highlight of your walking holiday.
Day 5: Ballindalloch to Tomintoul (15 miles / 24 km) This section will provide you with a wonderful taste of walking in wild, isolated countryside and for many this is the most memorable part of the route. You’ll follow a track over the west shoulder of Ben Rinnes, commanding wonderful views before descending to the famous Glenlivet Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour and a dram of this world famous single malt before climbing to Carn Diamh, which at 1870ft is the highest point on the route, before descending into Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands.
Day 6: Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey (13 miles / 21 km) After being transferred back to Ballindalloch, the Way continues past Cragganmore Distillery, crossing farmland and following foresty tracks on its way to Cromdale. The route then follows a meandering track through superb pine woods emerging eventually on the outskirts of Grantown-on-Spey.
Day 7: Grantown-on-Spey to Aviemore (17 miles / 27.5 km) On the final leg of your Speyside Way walk enjoy easy walking amongst the farms, woods and moorland of Strathspey. The route takes you past the Spey Valley Smokehouse and follows a track heading directly for the village of Nethybridge. It crosses the Abernethy Nature Reserve to the village of Boat of Garten. En-route you may wish to take a side trip to Loch Garten, a delightful spot in the depths of Abernethy Forest and where you can visit the RSPB Nature Reserve and Osprey Centre. From Boat of Garten it is only 6 miles to Aviemore across wonderful heather moorland beside the Strathspey Steam Railway line to the end of the Speyside Way.