The Whisky Trail from Aviemore to Buckie in Eastern Scotland
Double / Single
£613 / £1036
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Start Any Day March to October
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A five centre self-guided walking tour inn-to-inn, village to village, along the Whisky Trail from Aviemore to Buckie in Scotland. 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 5 days walking, luggage transfer, guide book and maps.
This Explore Britain tour, sometimes known as The Whisky Trail or the Speyside Way and featured in the "Monarch of the Glen", starts at Loch Alvie near the village of Aviemore below the Cairngorm Mountains, where the Wolf of Badenoch's castle stands amidst the lake. You follow the Speyside Way across the open heather before tracing the sweeps of the River Spey past the haunts of salmon fishermen and the whisky valley of Glenfiddich. You then turn eastwards along the coast to the fishing village of Buckie.
You stop in country hotels, inns and guesthouses along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms all with private facilities. Bed and breakfast and luggage transfer between the overnight stays is inclusive.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Loch Alvie. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. An evening dinner is available between 7pm - 9pm at the hotel. Overnight Loch Alvie near Aviemore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
DAY TWO: Circular walk around Aviemore. 11 miles (18km) and 400 feet of ascent. This is a circular walk from the guesthouse at Lynwilg. This walk is from the busy town of Aviemore on through ancient woodland of mature Scots Pine to Loch an Eilean with its ruined castle with grand views out to the Cairngorm mountains. You return to the guesthouse. Dinner can be taken at the hotel (not included in tour price). Overnight Loch Alvie near Aviemore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
DAY THREE: Walk from Glenlivet to Tomintoul. 9 miles (14km) and 1,200 feet of ascent. The taxi (included in tour price) will drop you at Glenlivet and the distillery, and continue on with your luggage to the accommodation. From Glenlivet you walk back to the hotel at Tomintoul via The Speyside Way. You reach the highest point of the trip at 1,600 feet. Dinner can be taken at the hotel or any of the nearby pubs in the village (not included in tour price). A nip of whisky along the route? Overnight at Tomintoul, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
DAY FOUR: Walking from Cragganmore to Craigellachie. 12 miles (19km) and 50 feet of ascent. The taxi will drop you to Cragganmore, and continue on with your luggage to Craigellachie. You follow an old railway track all the day on the Speyside Way keeping company with the curves of the River Spey, to Charlestown and on to the inn at Craigellachie. Dinner can be taken at the village pub (not included in tour price). Overnight at Craigellachie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
DAY FIVE: Walking from Craigellachie to Fochabers. 12 miles (19km) and 900 feet of ascent. You will again follow the Speyside Way through Ben Aigan Forest to Boat o' Brig. Then you follow a minor road high above the River Spey to arrive at the guesthouse in Fochabers. Dinner can be taken at the hotel or nearby pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Fochabers, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
DAY SIX: Walking from Fochabers to Buckie. 10 miles (16km) and 50 feet of ascent. This walk follows good tracks alongside the River Spey to the sea at Spey Bay, then a clear and level coastal path to the hotel at Buckie. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Buckie, Morayshire, Scotland.
DAY SEVEN: Departure. The tour finishes from Buckie after breakfast.
RAIL TRAVEL from EDINBURGH to AVIEMORE (NOT included in tour price): Edinburgh Waverley and Aviemore are the nearest rail stations. Presently the 11:35 from Edinburgh Waverley arrives at Aviemore at 14:28 (direct). The ANYtime day single (turn up at the station and purchase) ticket costs £41.70. An ADVance single ticket can be purchased online for £10.30 and can include seat reservations.
TRAVEL from AVIEMORE to LOCH ALVIE (NOT included in tour price). You will require a taxi for the 4 mile journey from the station to the hotel on the shores of Loch Alvie.
TRAVEL from BUCKIE to KEITH (included in tour price). We will book a taxi for the 13 mile journey from accommodation to the rail station.
RAIL TRAVEL from KEITH to EDINBURGH (NOT included in tour price): Keith and Edinburgh Waverley are the nearest rail stations. Presently the 10:14 from Keith arrives at Edinburgh Waverley at 14:27 (change Aberdeen). The ANYtime day single (turn up at the station and purchase) ticket costs £48.80. An ADVance single ticket can be purchased online for £24.10 and can include seat reservations for part of the journey.
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.