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Stage 03: Ballindalloch to Craigellachie — Speyside Way

Stage 03: Ballindalloch to Craigellachie — Speyside Way

Difficult
07:31
17.8 mi
2.4 mph
625 ft
950 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.09 mi
© OSM

Ballindalloch Castle

Hiking Highlight

14.9 mi
© OSM

Linn Falls

Hiking Highlight

15.8 mi
© OSM

Aberlour Parish Church

Hiking Highlight

17.8 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 1.21 mi
Path: 0.29 mi
Footpath: 11.2 mi
Street: 2.23 mi
Road: 1.39 mi
State Road: 1.45 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 1.11 mi
Unpaved: 11.4 mi
Paved: 0.73 mi
Asphalt: 2.38 mi
Unknown: 2.24 mi

Weather Forecast

komoot planned a hike.

November 5, 2019

Comments

  • komoot

    This stage takes you through the heart of Scotch whiskey country, where even the fresh air is fortified with a ‘wee dram’.

    You pick up the trail near Ballindalloch Castle, which was completed in 1546 and is known as the ‘Pearl of the North’ due to its elegance and fine position on the banks of the River Avon.

    From Ballindalloch, you then follow the track of the disused Strathspey Railway line all the way to Craigellachie.

    The walking can get a little monotonous at times but you are afforded a look into Scotch whiskey making as you pass an array of distilleries, most of which are not open to the public.

    As you get to Aberlour, it is worth a detour to see Linn Falls, a pretty waterfall nestled in mature woodland.

    In this woodland, the tree trunks have apparently become darker due to all the whiskey in the air. The detour (shown here) adds just over one mile (one-and-a-half kilometers) to the hike.

    You follow the Spey past the Aberlour Parish Church and continue along the river to Craigellachie, where this stage finishes.

    Craigellachie has a good range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.

    • November 5, 2019

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Stage 03: Ballindalloch to Craigellachie — Speyside Way