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Speyside Way

The Speyside Way - Rucksack Reader

The Speyside Way - Rucksack Reader

by: Jacquetta Megarry and Jim Strachan
The Speyside Way runs from the coast at Buckie, through the heart of malt whisky country, gently towards the foothills of the Cairngorms. Mostly you walk in the valley of the fast-flowing River Spey, Scotland's second-longest river and certainly it's most dynamic. This is a special Area of Conservation and a haven for wildlife and threatened species. The Way passes through farms and villages full of local colour, giving you an insight into their way of life. Most of the walking is straightforward, along paths and disused railway track-bed through splendid scenery of mixed woods, hills and farmland. You don't need to be an experienced long distance walker to tackle this hike, but good preparation is always essential before embarking on a long distance path.
This book has been planned in the recommended direction from Buckie to Aviemore. The Rucksack Readers guidebooks have a unique format in that they are spiral bound at the top allowing every page to be opened flat. The additional clever feature is a drop-down route map which allows any page plus the map to be displayed together for convenience on the trail. The books are printed on paper treated with waterproof varnish that withstands the wet plus the map and book covers have a matt laminate on both sides.
The content is also well designed including many colour photographs and plans where navigation may be difficult. An introduction gives practical planning advice including when to go, how long to allow, terrain, accommodation, travel and more. A chapter of background information provides some history of the region, geology and habitats and wildlife. The route is described in five day sections with clear bullet pointed directions following a summary of the day.
ISBN 9781898481270 pages 63 plus maps (2010) 145mm x 220mm spiral bound


Price: 10.99

The Speyside Way - 10 Leisure Walks

The Speyside Way - 10 Leisure Walks

by: Heidi M. Sands
The Speyside Way, from Aviemore to Spey Bay follows the old Strathspey railway line for a large part of its length. This accessibility affords easy diversions to other gems in the area and makes the path worth traversing. Just off the Speyside Way there is much to see, both unique sights and national treasures, such as the Telford Bridge at Craigellachie and the Macallan distillery at Elchies. It is these and other gems that this little volume seeks to uncover and explore. It can be used for one-off walks or for additional excursions whilst traversing the Speyside Way route.

Most of the walks in this guide are circular, with the exception of three linear routes, and begin at a car park or safe parking location with the grid reference provided. Public transport options are given where available. The walks, between 2 and 9 miles long, are graded from easy to challenging. Distance and a short description of the terrain are also provided. Clear route directions are provided together with simple sketch maps.

One of the features that make the 'Boot Up' series of guides so attractive is the emphasis on good landscape photography and the book is well illustrated throughout with colour photographs. The handy size also means it will slip easily into your pocket, protected by the tough cover.

The walk locations are:
Spey Bay - 2.5 miles
Grantown on Spey - 4 miles
Archiestown Village - 2 miles
Aberlour - 2.5 miles
Elchies - 4 miles
Glenlivet - 2 miles
Dufftown - 4 miles linear
Fochabers - 4 miles
Ben Aigan - 9 miles linear
Loch Spey - 15 miles linear

ISBN 9781906887919 Pages 64 (2010) 155mm x 115mm hardback


Price: 4.99