The Speyside Way Part 1 Aviemore- Boat of Garten

A couple of weekends ago I headed north after work on the Thursday to do the Speyside Way. The plan was full of luxury as I would be using a house as my base and being picked up and dropped off at the ends of each stage.

The route is 64 miles long and threads it’s way through the region of Speyside, famous for its whiskey, the river Spey and it’s coastline.
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/speyside-way.shtml

The first part of the journey was the train to Aviemore in time for a quick 6 mile walk to Boat of Garten. The walk was varied starting in built up Aviemore, then the rubbish strewn woods on its outskirts, before beautiful moorland, Woodlands and a  stunning backdrop of the snow covered Cairngorms.

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In this section I heard a woodpecker, saw a few Roe deer and many many rabbits. It was a pleasant enough section once Aviemore was left behind.

It was a very gentle introduction to the way. On the way to the base for the weekend I realised it was much more practical to make a start the next morning from Carron and come back to Boat of Garten at the end of my walk.

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