This online guide has been developed to give you enhanced information about the Speyside Way, section by section.
The sections into which we have broken up the route are of differing lengths, but each represents a stretch of the route which is of broadly similar character throughout. These individual sections can be enjoyed either in their own right or as part of a longer trip. Each section starts and finishes at a town or village.
- Section 1: Buckie to Spey Bay
- Section 2: Spey Bay to Fochabers
- Section 3: Fochabers to Craigellachie
- Section 4: Craigellachie to Ballindalloch
- Section 5: Ballindalloch to Grantown
- Section 6: Grantown to Nethy Bridge
- Section 7: Nethy Bridge to Boat of Garten
- Section 8: Boat of Garten to Aviemore
- Section 9: Tomintoul Spur Day – Ballindalloch to Tomintoul
- Easy – Mainly flat walking on path and tracks with good even surfaces.
- Moderate – Variety of path surfaces and terrain, stiles and steps en route, suitable for fairly fit, keen walkers.
- Strenuous – Varying terrain suitable for fit experienced walkers. Steep gradients and uneven surfaces expected.
Speyside Way Extension
The Speyside Way Extension from Aviemore to Kincraig will officially open on 12th September 2015.
This is a shared use path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
There are a small number of short yet steep ascents/descents on the route. Please be considerate of other users and moderate your speed on descents and corners.
There are a small number gates on the route. Please be considerate to our land managers and ensure the gates are closed after use.
The new route is included in the new Harvey’s Speyside Way (Kincraig to Buckie) Map.
The CNPA continues to work in partnership with SUSTRANS Scotland to improve the Speyside Way.
Path upgrade surveys will be completed during 2015/16. This work will provide the specification to upgrade and construct the following path sections:
- Cromdale to Boat of Garten
- Kincraig to Kingussie (then linking to Newtonmore via NCN).
The CNPA is now seeking funding to construct these path sections from 2016/17.
Why not extend your visit to Speyside by enjoying the path networks round some of our lovely towns and villages?
A network of local paths has been developed to allow you to enjoy and explore the local area and in particular to provide a viewpoint over the River Spey.
The Glenlivet Estate, which belongs to the Crown, has both an extensive network of paths and tracks and a Community Path network around the village of Tomintoul itself.
Grantown-on-Spey has an extensive community path network in the Anagach Woods between the town and the River Spey.
Nethy Bridge – Abernethy
A network of seven waymarked woodland trails and a riverside all abilities trail provide a great opportunity to discover the natural beauty and cultural history of the area. The paths, which centre on Nethy Bridge and link with the Speyside Way, are generally low level with a minimal gradient and average 5km in length.
More information is available from the ranger, based in the Nethy Bridge Community Centre (Easter to October) and outdoor information point opposite the centre.
Boat of Garten
The Community Council has set up as its Millenium Project a network of way-marked footpaths in and around the village
These publications and others also available from the Moray Council Online Shop.
A new edition map of the whole route has been produced in association with Harvey Maps, and this is now widely available, price £14.50
Co-authored by Jim Strachan, the former Route Manager, this 64-page guidebook is waterproof, has a dropdown route map and was updated in 2010. Rucksack Readers’ richly illustrated guide costs £11.99.
A “Footprint” map of the Speyside Way was launched in early 2006 by Stirling Surveys, price £9.95
A DVD of the route from the air was filmed in 2007 and is available from the Moray Council Online shop price £10
This guidebook describes the routes of the Speyside Way and linking routes to other official trails – the Dava Way and the Moray Coast Trail. £15.26