The Speyside Way: Grantown to Ballindalloch

I don’t have particularly fond memories of my previous walk along this stretch of the Speyside Way. Strong wind rendered any stops nearly impossible - unpleasant in the open and dangerous in the forest. Since that day I’ve been planning to walk it again in better weather. Such an opportunity came today. For my fellow…

The Speyside Way: Kincraig to Grantown

Not long after I'd completed the Speyside Way it was extended to the village of Kincraig south off Aviemore. That section is only 10.5km (6.5 miles) and I considered that too short a walk to make all necessary arrangements. Instead I decided to walk from Kincraig all the way to Grantown-on-Spey, in total 37km (23…

Moray Coast Trail (Forres-Lossiemouth)

Long-distance walks are a good alternative to hillwalking when the weather isn’t favourable for the latter. That was certainly the case when I decided early on the Monday morning to walk two section of the Moray Coast Trail between Forres and Lossiemouth. A friend of mine kindly provided transport from the western outskirts of Lossiemouth…

The Dava Way

Another day off and another one with unfavourable forecast for the tops of the hills. On the other hand there were areas with the weather predicted as quite reasonable. I wanted to make most of that and decided to walk the Dava Way - a long-distance walk I’d had on my radar for quite a…

Grantown-on-Spey to Ballindalloch

The weather forecast for Monday looked good on Saturday afternoon so I requested my friends to give me a lift from Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey in order to pass my last stretch of the Speyside Way. Then I checked the forecast again on Sunday late afternoon and had a genuine dilemma; it was much worse than…