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The Speyside Way - Self-Guided
Walking the Whisky Way

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The Speyside Way offers the chance to experience so much of what Scotland has to offer visitors. The route takes you through all types of countryside from the open coastlands, through farm and forest in the Spey valley (which, with its tributaries, provides the clear water for making whisky), and over high mountain passes towards the wilderness of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Each part of the walk has its own distinct wildlife and points of interest, and it perfectly suits walkers who want to build up gradually from gentle walking to more strenuous climbs. Some of the points on the route are some distance from the best farmhouse or bed and breakfast accommodation, so we arrange for you to be collected and dropped off on the route. Staying with local families in their homes is all part of the experience, and you will always receive the warmest of welcomes. There is the chance to visit distilleries which produce the famous Speyside malt whisky. As an added bonus, the holiday includes a free visit to the famous Glenfiddich Distillery.


Day 1 Arrive and explore the town of Buckie. Buckie lies either side of the the mouth of the Burn of Buckie where it flows into the Moray Firth. It was formed by the growing together of a series of once separate fishing villages. Overnight Buckie.

Day 2 Buckie to Fochabers 10 miles
The first day’s walk is a mixture of coastal and gentle river walking to Fochabers, on the east side of the River Spey. This is the nearest point to the sea. Overnight Forchabers.(B)

Day 3 Fochabers to Craigellachie 13 miles
Riverside and forest walking with some uphill stretches to Craigellachie which llies at the heart of Speyside. This is the place where the two rivers, the Spey and the Fiddich, most closely associated with Scotch Whisky business meet.. Overnight Craigellachie. (B)

Day 4  Dufftown to Craigellachie 7 miles
Transfer to Dufftown, with time for a visit to Glenfiddich Distillery. Then, a gentle walk, mainly in woodland, along the side of the River Fiddich. (B)

Day 5 Craigellachie to Ballindalloch 12 miles
The walk today is a quiet quiet riverside walk along a disused railway passing several distilleries along the way. Overnight Ballindalloch. (B)

Day 6 Ballindalloch to Grantown 13 miles
Walk along some rougher tracks and forest tracks to Grantown for overnight. (B)

Day 7 Grantown to Boat of Garten 11 miles
Walk in the Abernethy Forest RSPB Reserve on the shores of Loch Garten, just to the east of the Spey to Boat of Garten – “The Osprey Village”. After being driven to near extinction, a pair of Ospreys reappeared at Loch Garten in 1954 and there have been ospreys breeding here ever since. Overnight Boat of Garten.(B)

Day 8 Boat of Garden to Aviemore 14 miles
Walk along heather moor through birch and pine woodland to Aviemore, made famous with the advent of the Railway it is now the major ski resort of Scotland. Overnight Aviemore. (B)

Day 9: Departure after breakfast (B)

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

April through October $1,500 TBD

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • All accomodations with private bath
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Trail maps and detailed notes
  • Luggage transfers for each day
  • Local emergency contact

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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA

Best Time to Go

April to middle of October subject to weather conditions.

Convenient Airport

Edinburgh Airport

Glasgow Airport

Traveling By Rail

Buckie is accessible by rail with service from Glasgow Queen Street Station. For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit Another useful resource is The Train Line at


Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages in Scotland.



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