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Buckie to Craigelachie, Tomintoul or Aviemore 135km/84 miles (including all spurs)


A route following the river Spey south from the Grampian coast through forests, past whisky distilleries and along an old railway track to the famous Highland resort. The Spey is said to be the fastest flowing and cleanest river in Britain. Update: Flood damage has affected the Dufftown spur. The path is still usable but difficult, and is therefore officially closed as part of the Way.

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Landranger maps 28, 36
Explorer maps 403, 419, 424
The Way is shown on these maps. Click on map number to order.

Tourist Information Centres

Aviemore 01479 810363, Dufftown (seasonal) 01340 820501, Elgin 01343 543388, Grantown-on-Spey (seasonal) 01479 872773, Tomintoul (seasonal) 01807 580285


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A small luxury hotel in Grantown on Spey with 5 star guest accommodation and many awards for excellence, including an AA Rosette and "Taste of Scotland" dining. Within walking distance of town and the ideal base from which to explore the Highlands, Culdearn is personally run with a country house ambience and beautiful rooms retaining many original Victorian features. The 6 individually designed luxury en-suite bedrooms present a stylish and comfortable ambience and include free Wifi access.
Culdearn House is renowned for its excellent food and this is reflected in the numerous awards and accolades received over the years.
Ingredients are carefully chosen and sourced from Scottish establishments. Quality and freshness is our priority and we are proud to be members of the Scotch Beef Club. One of our special attractions is sampling from the extensive collection of over 60 specially selected malt whiskies!
Speyside has much to offer the more active visitor with a choice of mountain pursuits in every season. For walkers there are a myriad trails over spectacular countryside, including the famous Cairngorm range. For the less energetic, peace and quiet and sheer relaxation together with comfort and hospitality make Culdearn the ideal place to stay. So why not come? You'll be very welcome.
Bed and Breakfast from 58, D, B and B from 89 pppn. Reductions for stays of more than 4 nights, special offers.

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01479 872836

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 In the picturesque village square, The Garth is a striking building with all modern comforts yet it retains much of its Victorian charm. Cheerful and courteous service, tastefully decorated and furnished en-suite rooms with stunning views. Excellent bar meals, cosy lounge bar with a superb range of Malts and restaurant noted for its imaginative dinner menus. Drying Room.
Bed and Breakfast from 39 pppn. D, B and B from 59
Visit website: www.garthhotel.com for full details