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Speyside Way

A self-guided walking holiday from Buckie to Aviemore, following the course of the spectacular River Spey

3 to 9 nights
26-80 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £300 per person

About the trail

Follow the River Spey from the wave-battered coastline up through birchwoods and pastures, with views of heather-clad hills giving way steadily to the rising peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains. The Speyside Way keeps to clear paths and tracks, which are chiefly low-level save for a hillier foray from the riverbank between Ballindalloch and Grantown.

The trail is alive with welcoming villages and a wide variety of wildlife, from ospreys to dolphins, while budding historians will love the Pictish relics, standing stones and ancient castles. Some of Scotland’s most famous distilleries await, too, including Glenfiddich, Machallan, and Cardhu. Overall, the Speyside Way is an approachable, settled route through a wild and beguiling landscape.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Customer reviews from the Speyside Way

“The lodgings were in general great, and the level of service was great.”
Mr Marshall, USA
“Wonderful scenery and lovely quiet walk, enhanced by spectacular weather.”
Mr Trees, UK
“The Tomintoul spur is superb.”
Mr Heath, UK
“You gave me every help I could expect.”
Mr Rayner, UK
“Flawless organisation. Friendly and helpful hosts. Beautiful scenery. Unexpectedly good weather.”
Mr Valvekens, Belgium
“A beautiful location with the bonus of reasonably good weather. The accommodation was very good to excellent and there were no problems with bookings or bag transfers. This was our third walk with Contours, the first in 2003. They have all been enjoyable and we have not encountered any problems.”
Mr Spring, Australia
“I was impressed and reassured by your meticulous attention to detail and to the questions I asked via email. Your team have done a superb job, we shall definitely be using Contours again.”
Ms Middleton, Scotland
“Weather was warm and sunny which helped make it so enjoyable. Accommodation was ideal and baggage transfers went seamlessly.”
Mr Jarvie, UK
“Easy walking mainly on disused Railway. Weather was grim for first two days but thereafter never got wet, whereas rest of country seemed to have some heavy downpours. Lovely to meet travellers from overseas. An easy long-distance walk. Good for first timers.”
Mrs Milne-Redhead, UK
"Old Viaduct, Ballindalloch" by Barbara Milne-Redhead (2019)
"Cragganmore Old Granary Halt" by Barbara Milne-Redhead (2019)
"Beyond Aberlour on Disused Railway Track" by Barbara Milne-Redhead (2019)
"Aviemore" by Jan Valvekens (2018)
"Trainspotting on the Speyside Way" by David Raynor (2017)
"Looking out over the River Spey" by David Raynor (2017)