The Speyside Way


A 7 Day (8 Nights) Walk - Sea, Whisky and Mountains

The Speyside Way - walk from the north sea to the Cairngorm Mountains with Make Tracks. On the Speyside Way, you will experience so much of what Scotland has to offer. The walk takes you through all types of countryside from the open coast, through farm and forest by the Riiver Spey (which, with its tributaries, provides the clear water for the famous Speyside malt whisky distilleries), and 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. And, if you want to taste some of the local produce, we can arrange tours and tastings of some of Scotland's (and therefore the world's) finest whiskies.

Speyside Walk - Suggested Itinerary (8 Nights - 7 Days)

Day 1 Arrive Buckie Good bus connections from Inverness and Aberdeen to this busy wee fishing town
Day 2 Buckie to Fochabers
(10m, 16k)
A coastal walk to the ever changing mouth of the Spey, then a gentle walk alongside Scotland's most dynamic river.
Day 3 Fochabers to Craigellachie
(13m, 21k)
Farmland and woodland walks - with ascent to 300 metres (1,000 feet)
Day 4 Dufftown to Craigellachie
(7m, 11k)
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
Day 5 Craigellachie to Ballindalloch
(12m, 19k)
Peaceful riverside walking - mainly level
Day 6 Ballndalloch to Grantown
(13m, 21k)
Some rougher tracks, with some fine views, including a lovely pine wood
Day 7 Grantown to Boat of Garten
(11m, 17k)
Farmland and forest, including Abernethy bird reserve - perhaps a side trip to see the ospreys' nest.
Day 8 Boat of Garten to Aviemore
(6m, 9.5k)
A short day to finish, in a mix of pine and birch woodland and the open moor
Day 9 Depart Aviemore Good train and bus services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the south

Price for this itinerary from
£570 per person (incl Dufftown Spur)
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

The Dufftown Spur and the Tomintoul Spur - The Speyside Way includes two spurs. The above itinerary is our most popular, and includes the Dufftown Spur, but does not include the Tomintoul Spur. This itinerary can be adapted to suit you.

The Dufftown Spur can be omitted, with just one night spent in Craigellachie instead of two.

As the walk to Dufftown is quite short, so why not include a short guided walking tour of Dufftown and its distilleries? Includes tastings at all of the distilleries, and fascinating details about local history and culture? Details Here Or just get in touch with us to book.

The Tomintoul Spur is from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish highlands. The walk is mostly uphill, including the summit of Cairn Daimh (569 metres, 1,800 feet), and takes in some wild scenery with great open views to the Caringorms. It can be done either in one stage or two stages.

To walk the spur in one stage, the distance is 15 miles, or 24 kilometres. We have you collected from Tomintoul and transferred back to Ballindalloch for a second night.

To walk the spur in two stages, you walk the first stage to Glenlivet Distillery (where you can spend some time visiting the distillery). This is approximately 7 miles (11k). From there we transfer you to Ballindalloch and back the next morning to complete the remaining 11 miles (18k) to Tomintoul, from where we transfer you back to Ballndalloch for a third night.

For prices on these variations, see our Prices page (or contact us by phone or email)

We can slso adapt other parts of the walk to suit you. If you would like to walk shorter or longer distances each day, have a fixed timetable that doesn't match the suggested itinerary, or would like to stay at other overnight stops, just let us know and we will try to arrange things to meet your requirements. Speak to us on the phone and we can tell you how we can help. Then we can send you a custom built itinerary designed to meet your specific needs.

What's Included

  • Accommodation each night in selected B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels (including Buckie and Aviemore)

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Door to door luggage transfer each day

  • Map & Guidebook

  • Information Pack full of all the details you need on your walk

  • Transfer from Craigellachie to Dufftown

  • Transfer from Tomintoul to Ballindalloch (if required)

What's not Included

  • Evening meals and packed lunches (all readily available at each stop)

  • Transport to Buckie and from Aviemore

  • Holiday and Cancellation Insurance (we strongly recommend that you arrange your own cover)