The Spey

25 Walks from Source to Sea

K R Fergus

GBP 6.99

Best known for salmon fishing and whisky production, the restless River Spey is Scotland’s fastest, as well as second longest, river and passes through some of the Highland’s finest scenery as it weaves its way to the sea from its source in the shadow of the Monadhliath mountains. As well as mighty mountains and ancient forest, the Spey passes the popular settlements of Kingussie, Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey, Fochabers and Portgordon on its journey to the Moray Firth.

There is no better way to dicover the wildlife, architecture and history of the area of Scotland than to walk. Whatever your ability – walking at high or low level, following tough terrain or level paths – the 25 routes in this guide offer something for everyone.

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The Spey

Rivers have been at the centre of Scottish life for thousands of years. For the earliest settlers a river meant survival – a source of food, drinking water and transport. Over the centuries, villages, towns and all of Scotland’s cities have grown and developed along the banks of a river. From the Industrial Revolution, when Scotland was one of the manufacturing powerhouses of Europe, until the long decline of heavy industry in the 20th century, rivers were integral to Scotland’s economic development. As towns and cities attempt to reinvent themselves in the wake of that decline, rivers and riverbanks are crucial to regeneration, providing key destinations for residential developments, offices, leisure and recreation. Water activities such as rowing, sailing, kayaking, canyoning and fishing are increasingly popular, and wildlife is making a comeback as the environment begins to recover from pollution.

A’ Mharconaich, Aberlour Distillery, Abernethy Forest, Allt Druidh, An Lochan Uaine, Anagach Woods, Aviemore, Badenoch Way, Beinn Udlamain, Ben Rinnes, Braeriach, Buckie, Cairn Gorm, Cairn Lochan, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Charlestown of Aberlour, Corrieyairack Pass, Coylumbridge, Craigellachie Bridge, Craigellachie Nature Reserve, Creag Bheag, Creag Far-leitire, Creagan Gorm, Dava Way, Drumochter Pass, Elgin, Falls of Truim, Fochabers, Garmouth, Garten Woods, Garva Bridge, Geal-charn, Glen Feshie, Glenmore, Grantown-on-Spey, Gynack Burn, Insh Marshes, Inshriach Forest, Kingston-on-Spey, Kingussie, Lairig Ghru, Loch an Eilein, Loch Gamhna, Loch Garten, Loch Garten Osprey Centre, Loch Mallachie, Loch Morlich, Loch Spey, Lossiemouth, Meall a ‘Bhuachaille, Melgarve, Moray Coast Trail, Moray Firth, Newtonmore, Northern Corries, Portgordon, River Calder, River Lossie, River Truim, Rothiemurchus, Ruthven Barracks, Ryvoan Bothy, Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay, Spey Viaduct, Speyside Way, Thieves’ Road, Uath Lochans, Victoria Bridge, Wildcat Trail

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