Speyside Way – Day 1 – Aviemore to Cromdale

  • June 17th, 2018

  • 31.6km | ascent 278m | descent 307m

  • Wild camp by the River Spey near the church in Cromdale

Aviemore Youth Hostel

Aviemore Youth Hostel – after finishing the Great Glen Way in Inverness, I took the train straight to Aviemore and stayed here the night before starting the Speyside Way

Fish and chips in Aviemore

Fish and chips for dinner in Aviemore

I guess this is the starting point from Aviemore... near Aviemore station

I guess this is the starting point of the Speyside Way from Aviemore… near Aviemore station

The Speyside Way follows the National Cycle Network Route 7 for the first stretch beside the Strathspey steam railway line

The Speyside Way follows the National Cycle Network Route 7 for the first stretch beside the Strathspey steam railway line

The village shop in the very quaint village of Boat of Garten

The village shop in the very quaint village of Boat of Garten, where I stopped for a snack

A quick snack at the village shop in Boat of Garten

A quick snack at the village shop in Boat of Garten

Passing wetlands in the Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve

Passing wetlands in the Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve

Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve

Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve

Waymarks are quite sparse on the Speyside Way, here's one in the Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve

Waymarks are quite sparse on the Speyside Way, here’s one in the Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve

I can't resist a cute cottage, Nethy Bridge

I can’t resist a cute cottage, Nethy Bridge

Nethy Bridge was another quaint village (no photos, sorry, but it would be a nice place to stay the night) and I stopped for more snacks at the charming Nethy House Cafe.

Lupins along the trail

Lupins along the trail

Lupins along the trail

The first of many squeeze gates

The first of many squeeze gates

Lupins

Lupins

Lupins and Old Spey Bridge, Grantown on Spey

Lupins and Old Spey Bridge, Grantown on Spey

Lupins and Old Spey Bridge, Grantown on Spey

Lupins and Old Spey Bridge, Grantown on Spey

Into Anagach Woods

Into Anagach Woods

Roast dinner at the Haugh Hotel, Cromdale

On my way to Cromdale, I noticed on Google Maps there was one hotel so I called and asked if they would be serving meals tonight (Sunday) and the kind lady said they were serving up a roast dinner for a group but as I was solo I could join them. She also told me Cromdale House was closed (which used to allow camping in their yard) but that I could camp near the church by the river. It was a bit of a walk past the church to the hotel and back, but the roast dinner and company was definitely worth it.

Camping by the River Spey in Cromdale

Camping by the River Spey in Cromdale. What looks like an idyllic spot turned into a nightmare as the wind picked up about midnight and I thought my tent was going to tear into pieces! I ended up moving at 1:30am closer to the church to try to get out of the wind.

Speyside Way day 1, Aviemore to Cromdale

Speyside Way day 1, Aviemore to Cromdale

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