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Aviemore to Boat of Garten (and optional Craigellachie Nature Reserve extension)

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  • Craigellachie Nature Reserve
    / Craigellachie Nature Reserve
  • / Speyside Way signpost
  • / Walking the Speyside Way
m 500 400 300 200 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Craigellachie Nature Reserve Viewpoint Cairngorm Brewery The Strathspey Railway
Begin with an optional loop around the Craigellachie Nature Reserve then follow the Speyside Way north from Aviemore to Boat of Garten. 
Strecke 15,8 km
5:00 h
309 hm
303 hm

If taking in the optional Craigellachie Nature Reserve loop and hike to the viewpoint, follow the trail up the wooded hillside west of Aviemore to a small lochan before returning to the train station.  If you prefer not to do the extended route with the loop in the nature reserve, or the weather prevents it, simply begin at the train station in Aviemore and refer to your route notes from 6.10 km. If you skip the extension then the route from Aviemore to Boat of Garten is 9.7 km. 

From the town centre follow Grampian Road (the main street) out of Aviemore, and leave the bustle behind. Thistle way-markers for the Speyside Way lead you along easy-going trails through forest and over sections of open moorland with great views of the Cairngorm Plateau. Please note the trail is also shared with bikes between Aviemore and Boat of Garten. 

The optional extension in Craigellachie Nature Reserve is not suitable in snowy and/or icy conditions due to some steep terrain leading to the viewpoint. 


If you opt for the Craigellachie Nature Reserve loop walk, make sure to bring binoculars on a clear day - you might be lucky enough to spot the local Peregrine Falcons that nest on the craggy hillside. 
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Catherine Allan 
Aktualisierung: 10.12.2020
Höchster Punkt
487 m
Tiefster Punkt
214 m
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The optional extension in Craigellachie Nature Reserve is not suitable in snowy and/or icy conditions due to some steep terrain leading to the viewpoint. 

Please note the Speyside Way trail between Aviemore and Boat of Garten is shared with bikes. 

The trail is largely easy-going but the Craigellachie extension should be avoided in winter if the trail is snowy or icy as at the path up to the viewpoint can be steep in places. The section on the Speyside Way should be suitable in all weathers but if you prefer not to walk or the conditions are extreme you can easily skip this walk by taking a taxi (15 mins), see your information pack for local supplier recommendations, or a bus to Boat of Garten.

Only head out in conditions that you are comfortable walking in. 

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Points of Interest


Scotland's only ski resort-style town is the hub of the Cairngorm National Park (Scotland's largest). The town has a Visit Scotland Visitor Centre, large supermarket, a selection of good outdoor shops where you can buy anything you might have forgotten, and lots of gift shops. As you're leaving Aviemore you may also wish to stop in at the Cairngorm Brewery if you haven't already. 

Cairngorm Brewery

Tucked away in an industrial estate as you leave the town the brewery has a shop and normally offers tours and tasting sessions. Check their website for opening times and to book: https://www.cairngormbrewery.com/ 

Craigellachie Nature Reserve

This small nature reserve on the outskirts of Aviemore makes for a peaceful retreat from the heart of the town.  Signposted trails take you through swaying birch woodlands, past little lochans below the craggy hillside, a popular nesting site of Peregrine Falcons, and up to a viewpoint at 493m with great views over the surrounding landscape. 


Strathspey Railway

Today you'll be walking alongside the Strathspey Raileay. During the summer months a steam train, popular with visitors, travels up and down the line. The train and it's railway were restored in 1978 and have been running since, bringing steam railway travel back to the eastern Highlands.  



Food & Drink

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops in Aviemore. There is nowhere to eat en route on today's walk except when you are passing through Aviemore again on the way to Boat of Garten. We recommend bringing a packed lunch, snacks, water and perhaps a flask of hot tea or coffee in your back pack. As there isn't a supermarket in Boat of Garten only a small local shop selling basics you may wish to buy things like energy bars, snacks etc from the larger Tesco supermarket in Aviemore before you leave.

Boat of Garten has a small local convenience store for basic groceries attached to the Post Office, The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant with bar and restaurant, another small restaurant called Anderson's (only open on certain days of the week) and the 1896 Gallery cafe. 


Aviemore Train Station (214 m)
OS Grid
NH 89536 12289
57.188056, -3.829337
57°11'17.0"N 3°49'45.6"W
30V 449874 6338624


Boat of Garten


0.00 km – Begin outside the train station in the centre of Aviemore.  With your back to the station TURN LEFT onto the pavement beside the main road and follow it south.  Continue STRAIGHT ON along the road for 450m.

0.45 km – TURN RIGHT away from the main road, following the signpost for Aviemore Youth Hostel and the Craigellachie Nature Reserve. In 50m continue STRAIGHT ON towards the Craigellachie Nature Reserve car park (the youth hostel is on your left).

0.60 km – Before entering the car park a path signposted ‘No cars beyond this point’ marks the start of the path into Craigellachie Nature Reserve. Continue STRAIGHT ON to follow the path into the trees.

0.80 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON as you go under the A9 in an underpass and continue into the Craigellachie Nature Reserve forest passing information boards on your left. Begin to ascend on a gravel path.

0.95 km – At the split in the path BEAR LEFT and continue ascending following the red viewpoint symbol on the wooden way-markers. In 150m BEAR LEFT onto the narrower path at another path junction and continue ascending.

1.90 km – After following the path as it traversed the hillside arrive at another path junction and TURN LEFT. Now the path continues uphill to the viewpoint at 493m for 1.2 km taking in approx. 200m of ascent.

2.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the path as it emerges from the trees.

3.10 km – Arrive at the stone cairn marking the viewpoint. On a clear day enjoy views over Lochan Dubh to the south west and the Cairngorm Plateau in the distance to your east beyond Aviemore. After time to take in the view retrace your steps and descend to the last path junction in 1.2 km.

4.30 km – At the path junction continue STRAIGHT ON (ignoring the path you arrived on to the right). In 200m the path curves right towards a lochan, continue to follow it, with the lochan on your right-hand side.

4.80 km – After crossing a small stream TURN LEFT following the way-markers to leave the lochan behind. Continue until reaching a junction in 100m. Take care not to slip on the rocky paved path here.

4.90 km – Where the path splits BEAR RIGHT towards the way-marker and more defined path ahead. In 100m TURN RIGHT onto the more defined path and follow the way-markers.

5.10 km – At a path junction TURN LEFT to re-join the path that you arrived on. Then follow the trail out of the reserve, under the underpass and back to Aviemore Train Station.

6.10 km – Now that you’re back at Aviemore Train Station, with the station on your left continue STRAIGHT ON along the pavement beside Grampian Road (the main road north through the town) to reach the Speyside Way to Boat of Garten.

6.50 km – At the roundabout take the second exit and continue STRAIGHT ON along Grampian Road.

7.60 km – At the entrance to Dalfaber Drive continue STRAIGHT ON to follow the wooden signpost for the Speyside Way. The path passes between two metal gates and past a wooden way-marker with a white painted thistle symbol and yellow arrow. These thistles mark the Speyside Way route which you’ll follow to Boat of Garten. Soon the paved path splits, keep left on the Speyside Way.

8.00 km – Cross Dougall Drive and continue STRAIGHT ON along the Speyside Way.

8.20 km – At a path junction with the Aviemore Orbital trail TURN RIGHT and continue to follow the Speyside Way markers. Cross under railway in 500m and then in again in another 300m.

9.10 km – At a junction with a track TURN LEFT onto the track and follow it heading north to Boat of Garten with the Strathspey Railway on your left. Continue STRAIGHT ON following the thistles for 4.10 km.

13.20 km – Cross the Strathspey Railway then TURN RIGHT to continue following the Speyside Way, now with the railway on your right. In 200m join a wide track, Kinchurdy Road, with a building on your left. Continue STRAIGHT ON following this track for 1.1 km.

14.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON Kinchurdy Road as it becomes a paved road and passes between houses and chalets on the outskirts of Boat of Garten.

15.70 km – Arrive on Boat of Garten’s main street, Deshar Road, opposite the Post Office. TURN RIGHT onto Deshar Road and follow it for 100m. 

15.80 km - Finish outside The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant.


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OS Grid
NH 89536 12289
57.188056, -3.829337
57°11'17.0"N 3°49'45.6"W
30V 449874 6338624
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Notes for walking the route in winter:

No specialist equipment, such as ice axes or crampons, is required as the route is largely low level and doesn't involve any mountain walking. However, if the weather forecast for your trip is very cold with snow and temperatures below freezing we recommend wearing a pair of strap on ice grippers like YakTrax to give a little extra grip on pavements or any icy patches if you decide to go ahead with the walk. Walking poles are also great for extra balance in snowy/slippery terrain.

You'll also need a waterproof jacket and trousers, a warm insulated jacket (either down or synthetic), with wicking baselayers and a fleece top to wear underneath as well. Warm walking socks along with a hat, neck warmer (e.g. a "Buff"), and warm gloves/mitts will also be required. A small daypack less than 25 litres should be more than ample. You can wear either walking boots or walking shoes, according to your preference, as long as they have a good tread for grip. You may also wish to bring gaiters, in the unlikely event of encountering deeper snow in the valleys, and a head torch.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, we recommend bringing a rechargeable battery pack. 

Grundausrüstung für Wanderungen

  • Feste, bequeme und wasserdichte Bergschuhe oder Zustiegsschuhe
  • Kleidung im Mehrschicht-Prinzip mit Feuchtigkeitstransport
  • Wandersocken
  • Rucksack (mit Regenhülle)
  • Sonnen-, Regen- und Windschutz (Hut, Sonnencreme, wasser- und winddichte Jacke und Hose)
  • Sonnenbrille
  • Teleskopstöcke
  • Ausreichend Proviant und Trinkwasser
  • Erste-Hilfe-Set mit Blasenpflaster
  • Blasenpflaster
  • Biwaksack/Survival Bag
  • Rettungsdecke
  • Stirnlampe
  • Taschenmesser
  • Signalpfeife
  • Mobiltelefon
  • Bargeld
  • Navigationsgerät/Karte und Kompass
  • Notfallkontaktdaten
  • Personalausweis
  • Die Listen für die „Grundausrüstung“ und die „technische Ausrüstung“ werden auf der Grundlage der gewählten Aktivität erstellt. Sie erheben keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit und dienen lediglich als Vorschläge, was du einpacken solltest.
  • Zu deiner Sicherheit solltest du alle Anweisungen zur ordnungsgemäßen Verwendung und Wartung deines Geräts sorgfältig lesen.
  • Bitte vergewissere dich, dass deine Ausrüstung den örtlichen Gesetzen entspricht und keine verbotenen Gegenstände enthält.

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