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…

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…

Aviemore to Grantown-on-Spey

This time I was picked up from the Square in Grantown-on-Spey and taken to Aviemore by my friends in their car, mine left behind. Less than half an hour later they dropped me at a car park next to the official starting/ending point of the Speyside Way. It meant walking back for some time along…

Tomintoul to Ballindalloch

It was still pretty dark when I parked my car near the former Ballindalloch Train Station, a few minutes later a friend of mine picked me up and transported me to Tomintoul. It was much brighter when we arrived there some 30 minutes later. I was dropped off in the Square and left to my…