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Speyside Way
Jacquetta Megarry   Jim Strachan  
13 June 2016
UK price £11.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 196g

Speyside Way

(2nd ed)


Jacquetta Megarry Jim Strachan

"Innovative, entertaining and practical" - Cameron McNeish

The Speyside Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It runs for 80 miles (128 km) from the fishing port of Buckie to Aviemore in the foothills of the Cairngorms. Following the lovely valley of the River Spey, you walk through countryside rich in malt whisky and wildlife, along riverside paths, railway trackbed and forest and moorland tracks.

The second edition was fully revised, with mapping from Footprint in six panels, updated plans of villages along the Way, including a fresh Grantown plan and directions from the terminus in Buckie. In 2016 we released the revised version of this essential trail guide, with fresh photos, new mapping and many other updates. These included documenting the 6.5-mile route extension to Kincraig, which opened in 2015, and 11-mile Badenoch Way.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Speyside Way:

  • the Way step-by-step, with summaries of distance, terrain and refreshments
  • other walks including the Badenoch Way and Dufftown circuit
  • habitats and wildlife, including dolphin, osprey and wildcat
  • expanded coverage of whisky-making and distilleries
  • planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
  • in full colour, with 70 photographs
  • drop-down map showing the Speyside Way, plus Tomintoul spur (1:100,000)
  • rucksack-friendly and on rainproof paper.
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How long will it take?
2.1 The River Spey
3.3+3.4 Craigellachie to Grantown
3.6 Aviemore to Kincraig and beyond
  • Bottlenose dolphin on the Moray Firth

    © Charlie Phillips Images

  • Otters thrive on the Moray Firth

    © Charlie Phillips Images

  • Old Brig o' A'an, Ballindalloch, Speyside Way

    © Jim Strachan

  • Scottish wildcat, unique and untameable


  • The still room, Glenfiddich Distillery

    © William Grant & Sons

  • Thomas Telford's bridge, Craigellachie, Speyside Way

    © Jacquetta Megarry

Bottlenose dolphin on the Moray Firth

© Charlie Phillips Images


Excerpt from review by Cameron McNeish in the Badenoch and Strathspey Herald:

“This new Rucksack Readers guide to the Speyside Way is innovative, entertaining and practical, and makes a strong case for picking up your pack and taking to the Strathspey byways for a few days.

The guide contains a strip map of the whole route at a scale of 1:100,000 – a reasonable scale for a way-marked route, but I’d personally carry a 1:50,000 scale map as well; sections which break the route down in terms of distance: details of terrain, wildlife habitats and planning information and special notes for novices and checklists of equipment.”

Excerpt from review by Ron Lander

Anyone planning a trip to Speyside will enjoy an excellent and informative read and find it a great starting point for any holiday. Dedicated walkers will find it compact yet comprehensive – a route planner and almanac combined … I rate it a great buy!

Excerpt from review by The Great Outdoors magazine (September 2000):

“The Speyside Way… is a spiral-bound water-resistant book and map which comes together in one single package and which is small enough to slip into the map pocket of an anorak. The new format was devised to overcome the difficulties of using and handling guidebooks and maps when walking long-distance routes in the Scottish climate. … a practical and easy to use guide full of relevant information and advice.”

Excerpt from “The Rambler” review

The inaugural guidebook comes in an attractive spiral-bound notebook-style format, with colourful photos, plentiful background notes and a clearly printed fold-down map…

from the official magazine of the Ramblers’ Assocation, no 8 Summer 2001, page 42

Excerpt from review by Chris Thirkettle online at Blether:

“For anyone who has experience of juggling with both a guide-book and an OS map on a windswept, rain-soaked hillside, the Rucksack Reader series will come as a welcome innovation. The handy little volume for the Speyside Way combines background information, walking notes and route map in one publication…

The Reader contains bags of information for the walker who is truly interested in the terrain being traversed, breezily but authoritatively imparted – and the Spey Valley, perhaps the most beautiful and varied river valley in the country, has plenty to catch the curiosity and imagination.

The stage-by-stage section of the guide has all the vital information needed to help you plan and pace your walk and, together with the route-map attached and the way-marking of the route itself, you will have to try very hard indeed to get lost. Key distances, grade of terrain, supply points are all there, together with detailed directions.”

Bonus content

GPX route file
Route updates

In May/June 2021 repairs on the Macdowall Bridge have required a diversion in Ben Aigan forest, due for completion mid-June. Please consult this map for details of how to proceed: diversion map

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