Stage 01: Aviemore to Grantown — Speyside Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
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November 5, 2019
The first stage introduces you to a rugged Highland landscape interspersed with native pine forests.
The trail begins in Aviemore, a town in the Cairngorms National Park surrounded by serene lochs, ancient forests, and mountains.
From Aviemore, you hike through coniferous and birch woodland and over heather moorland to Boat of Garten, roughly following the restored Strathspey Railway line.
The trail then follows the northern edge of Abernethy Forest, one of the last remaining bits of the ancient Caledonian Forest. Here you can observe a woodland bog landscape that is home to lots of wildlife.
After Nethy Bridge the trail runs along a former railway line for a significant portion, occasionally crossing farmland, all the way to Grantown, where this stage finishes.
Grantown has a good range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.