Spey­side Way, Cairn­gorms

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - Ian Stew­art, Trail­Run­ningScot­land.com

The Spey­side Way is one of Scot­land’s lesser known Great Trails and packs a whole lot more va­ri­ety than just be­ing a river­side trail. It runs for 65 miles be­tween the awe­some moun­tain base camp of Aviemore and Buck­pool har­bour in Buckie, with an ad­di­tional spur to Tom­intoul mak­ing 80 miles in to­tal. This sec­tion from Aviemore to Gran­town-on-Spey has all the el­e­ments that make this a great run­ning trail: ex­cel­lent un­der­foot con­di­tions, su­perb scenery and plenty of in­ter­est along the way – with the hulking mass of the Cairn­gorm moun­tains as a back­drop the whole way. Leav­ing Aviemore on a fast, hard-packed track, you get amaz­ing views of the high plateau of the Cairn­gorms be­hind you be­fore cross­ing the Spey and head­ing into the for­est vil­lage of Nethy Bridge. Re­fuel here be­fore the fi­nal sec­tion, which takes you along the old high­land rail­way line be­side the river to Gran­town.

Aviemore, NH 896137 NH 911151 Gran­townon-Spey, NJ 032278 Nethy House Café, NJ 001206

This route takes you through some of the finest forests found any­where in Bri­tain

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