Forrest Mallard - May 11, 2021

Speyside Way
Highland, Northeast Scotland
Start: Buckie
End: Aviemore
Distance: 65 miles (105 km)
Time: 8 days (not including Tomintoul Spur)
Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous
Surface: Woodland Paths, Sealed Roads, Forestry Tracks

Website: www.speysideway.org

Speyside Way Scotland Map

Opened in 1981, the Speyside Way in northeast Scotland offers reasonably straightforward walking along well-graded tracks and paths with a minimum of demanding ascents and descents. It originally ran only from Ballindalloch to SpeyBay, but today the trail connects the Moray coast with the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, following as closely as it can the valley of the River Spey.

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Beginning at Buckie, the well-maintained Speyside Way trail provides an easy walk through woodlands and the heart of malt whisky country, past the distilleries at Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. You can also include a visit to Ballindalloch Castle, the “Pearl of the North” and home to the Macpherson-Grants since 1546. The section that follows, from Ballindalloch to Grantown, is the most demanding, with several steep gradients and two streams to ford that could prove awkward after heavy rains. The trail also takes you along the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains in Cairngorms National Park, along paths that ring the largest area of ground more than 3,000 feet (900 m) to be found anywhere in Britain. The walk also has two spurs, one from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul and the other to Duff town, a total of almost 20 extra miles (30 km).

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Hi! I'm Forrest Mallard

In 2005, I moved to Quito, Ecuador with $35 in my pocket and a small handful of online clients. Fifteen years and five continents later, there were moments of absolute glamour, as well as a number of brutal rough patches. But I always felt that a horrible day of travel is infinitely more preferable than a great day at the office. Oh the stories I could tell, and I will try to do that here in Tramposaurus Treks. You'll have access to the good times, the horrifying times, and a few well-deserved moments of travel glamour.

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