The Whisky Trail from Aviemore to Cullen in Scotland
Double / Single
£718 / £1145
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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 six centre inn-to-inn, self-guided walking tour along the Whisky Trail and Speyside Way from Aviemore to Cullen in Scotland. 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 6 days walking, luggage transfer, walking notes, maps and taxis transfer to Huntley rail station on the final morning.
On this Explore Britain tour, sometimes known as The Whisky Trail and featured in the "Monarch of the Glen", starts at 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 community of Cullen. Picturesque old `seatouns' like Cullen and Portsoy alternate with beaches where smugglers flourished while Catholics and non-conformists held clandestine services in sea caves. Here on Cullen Beach in 961 three Norse kings died; nearby Macbeth slew Duncan and Mary Queen of Scots pursued the Gordons. This is good time to try the traditional Cullen Skink dish associated with east Scotland coast.
You stop in country hotels, inns and guesthouses along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms, most but not all with private facilities. B&B and luggage transfer between the overnight stays is inclusive.
DAY ONE: Arrive at Aviemore. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. Dinner can be taken at the hotel or any of the many pubs or restaurants in Aviemore (not included in tour price). If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels (booked in advance) and pubs. Overnight 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 or any of the many pubs or restaurants in Aviemore (not included in tour price). Overnight near Aviemore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
DAY THREE: Walking from Glenlivet to Tomintoul. 9 miles (14km) and 1,200 feet of ascent. The taxi will take you to Glenlivet (after dropping your luggage off at Tomintoul). From here you walk back to the hotel at Tomintoul via The Speyside Way. You reach the highest point of the trip at 1,600 feet. A nip of whisky along the route? Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs or hotels in the village (not included in tour price). 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 in the village (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 the hotel or any of the nearby pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Buckie, Morayshire, Scotland.
DAY SEVEN: Walking from Buckie to Cullen. 9 miles (14km) and 400 feet of ascent. Today is a more rugged coastal path running along the cliff top, linking the little fishing villages of Findochty (pronounced Finnechty) and Portknockie. You finish across the lovely sandy sweep of Cullen Bay to the hotel in Cullen. Dinner can be taken at the hotel or any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Cullen, Morayshire, Scotland.
DAY EIGHT: Departure. The tour finishes from Cullen after breakfast with taxi transfer to Huntley rail station (included in tour price).
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to AVIEMORE (NOT included in tour price): Aviemore is the nearest Rail Station. You will need a taxi from Aviemore station for the 2-mile journey to the guesthouse. The nearest International airport is Glasgow and the local airport is Inverness. If travelling from London Heathrow or Gatwick there is a shuttle service to Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. Service bus 905 operates from Glasgow terminal to Glasgow station, with frequent trains to Aviemore.
RAIL TRAVEL from HUNTLEY to EDINBURGH, GLASGOW or LONDON (NOT included in tour price): The nearest rail station is Huntley. With good connections to Edinburgh.
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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.