Speyside Distillery

Speyside Way

A wonderful long distance walk ranging from 65 miles to 92 miles. As you make your way southwest from Buckie towards Aviemore you cannot fail to be impressed by the fantastic landscape in this whisky distilling region of Northeast Scotland.

Start on the rocky shores of the Moray Firth at Buckie, a wee fishing port. From Buckie walk to Fochabers for your overnight stay, and then continue onto Craigellachie, where the Earth Pillars and Telford Bridge are worthwhile side trips. Continue to Ballindalloch and finally Grantown, with its Smokehouse, and Aviemore are reached to complete a wonderful few days walking through some of the best countryside Scotland has to offer.
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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Buckie to Fochabers
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 17.6 km
Duration 4:20 h
Ascent 37 m
Descent 17 m

A mixture of coastal and riverside walking from Buckie to Fochabers.  

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Fochabers to Craigellachie
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 5:45 h
Ascent 392 m
Descent 345 m

A slightly more challenging day from Fochabers to Craigellachie through woodland and passing the base of Ben Aigen.  

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Craigellachie to Ballindalloch
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 19.7 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 69 m
Descent 15 m

A relaxed walk beside the River Spey through the wooded valley and passing through mixed farmland. 

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Ballindalloch to Grantown
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 23.2 km
Duration 6:17 h
Ascent 355 m
Descent 281 m

This is a rougher section of more challenging walking with good views and lovely pinewoods between Ballindalloch and Grantown.

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Grantown to Boat of Garten
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 17.7 km
Duration 4:26 h
Ascent 58 m
Descent 58 m

Today's walk from Grantown to Boat of Garten sees you enter Strathspey and the Cairngorm Mountains start to dominate the view to your left.

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Boat of Garten to Aviemore
Difficulty
Distance 9.7 km
Duration 2:24 h
Ascent 22 m
Descent 30 m

The final section of the way is a short walk from Boat of Garten with excellent mountain views to Aviemore. 

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Dufftown Spur (Glenfiddich Distillery)
Difficulty
Distance 19.2 km
Duration 5:04 h
Ascent 332 m
Descent 333 m

A loop walk from Craigellachie passing through the village of Dufftown, which houses the Glenfiddich Distillery. 

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Tomintoul Spur (Speyside Way)
Difficulty
Distance 25.1 km
Duration 7:07 h
Ascent 736 m
Descent 511 m

A worthwhile spur from Ballindalloch to the remote village of Tomintoul via Glenlivet Distillery.  

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