Stage 02: Grantown to Ballindalloch — Speyside Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
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November 5, 2019
Beginning in a native pine forest and finishing next to a historic Scotch whiskey distillery, this stage is rich in heritage and beauty.
From Grantown you step into Anagach Woods, a native pine forest that is home to the rare red squirrel, elusive pine marten, roe deer, and the near-extinct capercaillie, a huge woodland grouse
You cross the River Spey near Cromdale Church and follow another disused railway line.
After crossing the A95, the trail ascends and descends through woodlands on the slopes of Tom an Uird.
After a few grueling climbs, you reach a high point in woodland on the slopes of Tom a'Chait.
You then descend through the trees into farmland to the River Spey, which you follow all the way to Ballindalloch, where this stage finishes.
Close to the end of the hike, you pass Cragganmore Distillery, which was founded in 1869 by John Smith, who was thought to be the best distiller of his time.
There is not much in Ballindalloch but there are limited accommodation options nearby.