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Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

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Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

Hi

We (being a group of 6 blokes) have booked a weekend in Grantown in early June to combine a couple of days of walking & visits to Distilleries. We won't have a car so are reliant on foot &/or public transport.

Welcome any thoughts as to walking routes that could involve calling into a couple of distilleries en route.

Original idea had been to do stages of the Speyside Way one to Ballinadoch & then towards Aviemore but return transport looking a bit tricky - any thoughts?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

My suggestion is to use googlemaps, if you haven't already.

Go to Grantown-on-Spey (this will give you a map)

type distilleries (this will show you where the distilleries are)

click on any of the distillery icons (Tomintoul, Glenlivet, Cragganmore are the closest)

click on directions

click on the walking or public transport icons

walla....

directions, instructions, mileage and time estimates...

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/speyside-way.shtml

I presume you have seen this map of the route especially the bit on the right about public transport? Its a long hike to Ballindalloch (from anywhere!) and you are right - there is little or no public transport north of Grantown towards Aberlour. In fact you have to go to Inverness to then head East and South (thanks Highland public transport)so to go to Nairn, Elgin or Forres you have to go to Inverness!! (from Grantown anyway!)

http://www.greaterspeyside.com/

The above is a handy wee map of distilleries in the area which may help you plan.

You could walk Ballindalloch to Tomintoul as there would be Glenlivet at Tomintoul and Cragganmore at Ballindalloch. Once in Grantown the public transport improves and once in Aviemore the world is your oyster with a main line station and bus routes south!!

It may be better to base yourselves in Rothes or Dufftown over a weekend as there are four distilleries nearby but I'm not a whisky drinker so I don't know if they are to your taste.

Good luck

Woody

Edited: 9:28 am, January 04, 2014
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3. Re: Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

Following the Speyside Way from Grantown on Spey towards Ballindaloch takes you past Balmenach Distillery (close to), Toremore Distillery and Cragganmore Distillery (partly hidden from sight) . Only Cragganmore Distillery have a visitors centre (opening hours vary, call ahead to make sure they are open).

For public transport back you'll need to backtrack to Toremore Distillery (very scenic and beautiful distillery, but sadly not open to the public) and get the school bus (service #33) back to Grantown. It departs Toremore at 4:34pm on Mon-Thu and 2:06pm on Fridays (Schedule: http://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables.aspx?serviceid=2157&locationId=97&from=&to=&locval=135).

Between Aviemore and Granttown there are plenty of buses to get you back to Grantown (same schedule page as above).

Edited: 9:32 am, January 04, 2014
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4. Re: Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

Hello Guys

Many thanks for your swift replies - much appreciated.

Will have look into your respective suggestions

Best

Tim

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5. Re: Walking to Distilleries from Grantown

Firstly you need to know where you're heading for: …titanblack.co.uk/the-finest-whiskey-in-the-… has a map - which looks fairly decent, not sure if it's 100% up to date, but it's a start.

Then you need to know about walking routes, and walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/… walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/elgin-buckie.shtml will cover the larger part of the area.

And lastly, you need to know about buses, and the 'speyside way' site has a few contacts: http://www.speysideway.org.uk/transport.html

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