Speyside Way by Castle Alan
This guidebook describes the Speyside Way an official 66 mile (106km) Scottish Long Distance Route which follows the River Spey through northern Scotland from Aviemore to the old port of Buckie on the Moray coast. Featuring easy walking on good paths and along disused railway lines the route can be comfortably completed in a week and is presented in 10 stages of between 2 and 13 miles (3-21km). The guide also details the recently opened 61/2-mile (10.5km) extension to the Speyside Way between Kincraig and Aviemore as well as two alternatives to the main route and routes to the source of the Spey. Also featured are three other trails in the same region which can be combined with the Speyside Way to form a longer trek: the 25 mile (40km) Dava Way 47 mile (76km) Moray Coast Trail and 121/2 mile (20km) Badenoch Way. Alongside detailed route description the guide includes background information local points of interest (including a list of distilleries
) tips on transport and accommodation and recommendations for mountain-bikers and riders who can follow stretches of the route. A handy booklet containing all the OS 1:25000 Explorer mapping needed to complete the Speyside Way is located in the back cover sleeve. The Spey is Scotland's third longest river famed for its salmon and its distilleries. Rising in the Monadhliath Mountains it flows through remote glens to the Highland resort of Aviemore surrounded by the wild Cairngorms. From there the Speyside Way follows the river's course through the countryside forests and small towns of Strathspey and Moray to reach its mouth on the Moray Firth and the unique shingle systems at Spey Bay.