Speyside Way - North to South

A walking holiday along the Speyside Way from Buckie in the North to Aviemore in the South
Speyside Way Map

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We also offer these routes from South to North. For more information on walking these routes in the opposite direction, click here.

The Speyside Way follows Scotland's loveliest river from the Moray Firth to the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains through the heart of malt whisky country. Following paths and disused railway trackbeds the trail passes through a beguiling mix of scenery: the wave-battered shores of the Moray Firth, rich farmland, mixed woodland, heather-clad hills and ancient Caledonian pine forests. Along the way it visits many attractive villages and small towns as well as sites of historical interest including stone circles, standing stones, pictish relics, imposing castles and ancient kirks. This beautiful corner of Scotland is also rich in a wide variety of wildlife, from dolphins at Spey Bay to Ospreys at Loch Garten. Other highlights include the opportunity to visit some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland including Machallan, Glenfiddich, Cardhu and Glenlivet.

Starting from the fishing port of Buckie, the Speyside Way follows the shores of the Moray Firth through quaint fishing villages to Spey Bay at the mouth of the river. From here it follows forest tracks to Fochabers, an interesting village built by the 4th Duke of Gordon in 1776 when he decided that the original settlement was too close to his castle. At Boat O' Brig, the trail leaves the river and follows forest tracks around Ben Aigen to Craigellachie, with wonderful views along the Spey to the sea.

Perched above the confluence of the sparkling waters of the Spey and the Fiddich, Craigellachie is a charming village, with a couple of welcoming old inns. Consider an extra night here if you would like to visit the Speyside Cooperage, which makes oak whisky casks, the Macallan Distillery or follow the 4-mile (6.5km) 'Dufftown Spur' that runs along the banks of the River Fiddich to the Glenfiddich Distillery, Balvenie Castle and the delightful little town of Dufftown, the 'Malt Whisky Capital of the World'.

From Craigellachie, the trail continues towards Aviemore through Aberlour, Carron and Knockando to Ballindalloch. Ballindalloch, an isolated hamlet consisting of little more than a scattering of houses, an inn, a distillery and a wonderful fairytale castle, is the starting point of the optional 'Tomintoul Spur'. This marvellous 15-mile (24km) walk, which takes one or two days to complete, visits the legendary Glenlivet Distillery and then ascends Carn Daimh, which provides breathtaking views into the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains, before following an old cattle drovers track to Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands. From Ballindalloch, the route meanders through farmland and forest past the attractive little Georgian town of Grantown-on-Spey to the village of Nethy Bridge. Then it crosses the Abernethy Nature Reserve past idyllic Loch Garten, to the hamlet of Boat of Garten, before following the famous Strathspey Steam Railway across heather moor dotted with scots pines and birch woodland to the village of Aviemore at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Holiday Highlights

  • Catching a glimpse of dolphins in the water around Spey Bay.
  • Experiencing the diverse scenery on the trail, from charming coastline, quaint fishing villages, rural farmland, dense forest and dramatic mountains in the Cairngorms National Park.
  • Sampling Speyside salmon and a dram of Whisky as you visit the fishing towns and famous Whisky distilleries, including Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries.

Speyside Way - North to South

Total Distance 65 miles (104 km)
Start and Finish Buckie to Aviemore
Availability 21st March to 31st October
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Speyside Way scene north of Buckie
Speyside Way Cairngorms heather
Speyside Way Loch Garten
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
SPW1 6 nights, 5 days walking £485 per person More Information Book Online
SPW2 7 nights, 6 days walking £570 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
SPW1-D 6 nights, 5 days walking £545 per person More Information Book Online
SPW2-D 7 nights, 6 days walking £640 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£65 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Speyside Way and the Tomintoul Spur - North to South

Speyside Way and the Tomintoul Spur Map

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Total Distance 80 miles (128 km)
Start and Finish Buckie to Aviemore
Availability 21st March to 31st October

The Speyside Way and the Tomintoul Spur combine two magnificent walks in the Scottish Highlands. Starting in the little fishing port of Buckie, the trail passes through pretty woodlands and fishing villages as it travels from the mouth of the River Spey, through malt whisky country and to the popular outdoor centre of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.

The Tomintoul Spur extension of the walk is a 15 mile (24km) walk that departs from the route of the Speyside Way at Ballindalloch. From here, it visits the famous Glenlivet Distillery and traverses Carn Daimh, where there are fantastic views over the surrounding Caringorm Mountains. The trail then continues to Tomintoul, on the Glenlivet Estate and the highest village in the Scottish Highlands.

The Tomintoul Spur re-joins the Speyside Way and continues on its journey to Aviemore through the ‘Osprey Village’ of Boat of Garten, which has a large population of these impressive birds.

Holiday Highlights

  • Taking a tour of the famous Whisky distilleries along the route, including the Glenlivet Distillery.
  • Walking the Tomintoul Spur to the highest village in the highlands of Scotland.
  • Arriving in Aviemore at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains and admiring the breath taking surroundings of the Cairngorm National Park.
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Speyside Way river Spey in Aberlour
Speyside Way Spey valley
Speyside Way whisky distillery
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
SPW1+TOM1 7 nights, 6 days walking £590 per person More Information Book Online
SPW1+TOM2 8 nights, 7 days walking £670 per person More Information Book Online
SPW2+TOM1 8 nights, 7 days walking £665 per person More Information Book Online
SPW2+TOM2 9 nights, 8 days walking £755 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Speyside Way Taster Break

This short walking holiday takes in the central section of the Speyside Way, starting at Craigellachie and journeying through to Grantown-on-Spey. Along the way, the trail visits a collection of whiskey distilleries and offers a fantastic insight into the industrial history of the local area, while the little villages and old railway stations on-route greatly enhance the sense of stepping back through time and discovering more about the region's Scottish heritage.

With the stunning Cairngorm Mountains in the background, this part of the trail utilises forest paths, disused railway lines and hilly climbs, providing an interesting and varied walk with beautiful scenery throughout.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting the array of whiskey distilleries found along the trail, which contributed greatly to the region's growth across time.
  • Exploring the many little villages on-route and learning about their local history.
  • Enjoying magnificent views from the tops of steep slopes and enjoying the accompanying sense of achievement.
Total Distance 25 miles (40 km)
Start and Finish Craigellachie to Grantown-on-Spey
Availability 21st March to 31st October
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Speyside Way river Spey in Aberlour
Speyside Way scene north of Buckie
Speyside Way Loch Garten
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
SPWT1 3 nights, 2 days walking £255 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.