Speyside Way

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There are four official, long-distance walking routes through Scotland. They are the West Highland Way, The Southern Upland Way, The Great Glen Way and The Speyside Way. Luckily for us, one end of the Speyside Way is located right on the doorstep of Ravenscraig House. So we’re an excellent base for starting and finishing the walk or exploring the sections;

The Walk

The Speyside Way is split into eight main sections and one spur section. Traditionally, the route is walked from North to South. For those who are planning to walk the whole route, the journey begins in Buckie. It finishes up on the high street in Aviemore.

The Sections Of The Walk

The sections are all of different lengths, but they all start and end in towns. This means that you can easily walk them all in turn or as individual walks.

  • Section 1 - Buckie to Spey Bay - 6 miles
  • Section 2 - Spey Bay to Fochabers - 5 miles
  • Section 3 - Fochabers to Craigellachie - 13 miles
  • Section 4 - Craigellachie to Ballindalloch - 12 miles
  • Section 5 - Ballindalloch to Grantown - 13 miles
  • Spur Section - Ballindalloch to Tomintoul - 15 miles
  • Section 6 - Grantown to Nethy Bridge - 6 miles
  • Section 7 - Nethy Bridge to Boat of Garten - 5 miles
  • Section 8 - Boat of Garten to Aviemore - 6 miles

A Circular Route From Ravenscraig House

If you want to start and end your day in Aviemore, then you have a couple of options. You can follow the Speyside Way to Boat of Garten and then take the Strathspey Railway back to Aviemore. Of course, this works in the opposite direction as well. Just make sure to check train times before you set off.

There is an alternative walking route that you can follow on your way back from Boat of Garten if you prefer to walk both ways. There is a riverside path that you can follow from Kinchurdy Farm. It’s not waymarked as it’s not part of the Speyside Way, so make sure to take a map if you’re going to follow this route.

This section of the Speyside Way is 6 miles in length. So, going at a gentle pace one, way along the path should take about 2 hours. This is one of the most manageable sections of the Speyside Way, so it’s a good option for walkers of all levels.

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