Dava Way

A 23-mile journey through remote Scottish countryside, featuring panoramic views and spectacular scenery.

3 to 4 nights
23 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £275 per person

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About this route

The Dava Way follows a long-disused railway track from Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park to Forres near the Moray Firth coast. The surrounding scenery is varied and beautiful, taking in views of the Caingorm Mountains, the Moray Firth and the distant hills of Caithness.

This walking holiday explores the 24-mile trail in its entirety from Grantown-on-Spey to Forres. The walk passes through a mixture of tranquil pine woodland and open moorland, while also crossing Dava Summit, the highest point on the trail.

The area’s industrial history is also celebrated along the route, passing through several fascinating settlements and crossing the magnificent Divie Vaiduct, adding another enticing aspect to an already wonderful walking trail.


© Contours Walking Holidays Dava Way map
Granton-on-Spey to Forres
23 miles (37 km)
21st March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the changing scenery of the railway line, showcasing a mixture of fine Scottish countryside.

Taking in the spectacular panoramic views of the Cairngorm peaks from Dava Summit.

Crossing the Divie Viaduct; an outstanding architectural structure which has remained open since September 1863.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
DAVW1 From Grantown-on-Spey to Forres 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£275
DAVW2 From Grantown-on-Spey to Forres 4 nights, 3 days walking Easy / Moderate£365

Dava Way 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Grantown-on-Spey where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Grantown-on-Spey to Dava. 8 miles (13km)

Day 2

Dava to Forres. 15 miles (24km)


Depart from Forres after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Adding an extra night or two into your walking holiday would offer more opportunity to explore the surrounding areas and uncover all of their hidden gems, while also preparing for the remainder of your walk.

Grantown-on-Spey at the start of the trail is a lovely little settlement that would be ideal for an extra night?s stay. The village dates back to 1765 and boasts a wealth of history to discover, with interesting places such as Grantown Museum detailing the village?s origin and development. The Visitor Information Centre also has plenty of guidance and advice with regards to making the most of your stay, as well as providing detailed information on local walks in Anagach Woods, Cairngorms National Park and other nearby attractions.

If you would rather spend more time at the end of the trail, then the old town of Forres would be perfect in which to spend an extra night and extend your walking holiday. Forres is an attractive, historical town packed with fascinating buildings such as St Laurence Church and Falconer Museum. As well as this, the town is within short walking distance of the surrounding woodlands filled with wildlife, as well as the Dallas Dhu Distillery and the small village of Kinloss, offering plenty of reason to head out and explore.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 23 miles (37 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Code: DAVW1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 21st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Grantown-on-Spey
End of holiday: Forres

Route Profile

Dava Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Grantown-on-Spey) is at Aviemore (about 15 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Forres).

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Aviemore. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Grantown-on-Spey.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Forres to Aviemore. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Grantown-on-Spey.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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