WALKING SCOTLAND'S SPEYSIDE WAY

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MY WALK TO THE MALT WHISKY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD



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Who says that we seniors just have to sit at home and do nothing? While in Scotland this summer, I joined my sister's seniors' walking club on a seven mile hike on part of the Speyside Way from Aberlour to Dufftown, the malt whisky capital of Scotland, and indeed the world. The oldest walker was 86! As the walk was a one way affair, a chartered bus picked us up at my old High School in Buckie on the Moray Forth Coast, and we enjoyed a scenic 22 mile ride inland to Aberlour (famous for Walker's Shortbread, as well as for malt whisky.)

Had we had the time and energy to do it, we could have started the Speyside Way walk (one of Scotland's many official long distance hiking or cycling routes) at the route's official beginning (or end depending on your perspective) right there in Buckie ! However, walking 66 miles all the way to Aviemore for a day's outing was out of the question for us!

The bus dropped us off at 11 am in the car park beside the Speyside Way Visitor Centre in Aberlour, and where the famous Mash Tun Pub is located. Here is the group getting ready to set off, with one of our fearless leaders dressed in green leading the way with her walking pole.


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The route follows an old railway line, but we walked through a local park before arriving at the start of the trail.
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For much of the way, the River Spey,Scotland's fastest flowing river, was never far away.
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Because the trail uses an old railway track, we passed many steep embankments like this one.
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We also walked through some dark tunnels, and were glad to see the light at the end!
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Part of the joy of walking for me, is the fact that I often stumble upon some interesting scenes from the past like this one. Was this an old railway cottage belonging to the stationmaster, or was it a building from which the the signalman did his work? I don't know.
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For those walking anywhere on the Speyside Way without guides, the route is well signposted along the way.
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And there are many benches like this one for those who wish to stop for a rest or a snack.
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These old platforms which would have served a different purpose in days gone by, created the ideal spot for us to stop for lunch, which we all brought with us in our backpacks.
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Being the ever curious person that I am, I looked over the side of the bridge while we were stopped for lunch, and saw this amazing larch tree growing from an abutment of the bridge.
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As with any walk, we had to have our eyes open for dangers along the way. Some dangers like this one come with warning signs, and it is important to take heed of them.
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Others like this mass of stinging nettles depend upon our knowledge of and respect for nature. I harbor many painful memories of falling headfirst into these nasty things when I was a child, so know well always to keep clear of them!
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At almost the end our walk we passed the Balvenie Distillery – one of seven in Dufftown. As we locals love to say:

Rome was built on seven hills
Dufftown's built on seven stills

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At 2:15 pm we arrived at the train station in Dufftown – the end of our walk for the day, and our rendezvous point for transportation back to Buckie.
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This early twentieth century mailbox is just one of the many delights to be seen at the station.
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On a certain schedule in the summer, and on certain holidays throughout the year, you can take a train ride for eleven miles to Keith on Scotland's most northern Heritage Railway.
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You can also enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Sidings Cafe situated in two former 1950s red Railway Carriages. On another occasion, I did enjoy lunch here, but that is a story for another day!
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What a fabulous post! Looks like a very interesting and enjoyable walk/day!

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Thanks so much. It was a great walk!

your walk was surely memorable.. not just good physical exercise but a catharsis of the soul.. what's more is the enjoyable company. i look forward to your story about the lunch you had there.. =)

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Yes, I should write about the lunch! It was a lovely experience and the food was good!

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seems like you're a food lover like me.. can't wait for that lunch story, too. but, hey, the photos are great! another one to add in my travel list.

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Yes. I believe we all need a walk like this.... to relieve ourselves of emotional stress or toxins....

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I appreciate that! Thank you!

Fantastic pictures! I hope to be able to visit Scotland one day. Heck, I hope to just make it out of North America at some point in my life :)

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Thanks for dropping by and for the encouraging words! I am slightly biased (LOL), but everyone should visit Scotland sometime!

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Wow! I appreciate your kind words and the Upvotes too!

What a gorgeous place for a walk such beautiful scenery

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk tip!

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Thanks and thanks for the tip. The scenery is very pretty!

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a great place for a long walk for sure :)

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And there was so much more if it to walk too!

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Wonderful post. I was attracted by the name "Speyside," since that's my favorite type of whiskey.

For years, I've wanted to go there .... primarily to drink the various whiskeys. Now I want to go there just to drink in the beautiful scenery and greenery!

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I don’t like whisky at all, but many do enjoy the whiskies of Speyside. 😊 Thanks for stopping by!

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Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Beautiful photos and the imagery that you captured really speak of Scotland to me. The green are so luscious and that red Kitchen Car and the old mailbox, they fill my heart with delight and imagination of some detective adventures.
                           
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What an amazing place to walk through, I am sure you discovered a whole lot of new things on your walk. Kudos to the 86years old woman who went on the walk with you guys, she sure is amazing, I hope to be able to do that too when i get old😀.

Your walk definitely was a great one and your photos are beautiful. i am sure you enjoyed yourself

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Thanks for your kind comment and for dropping by!

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos @dmcamera

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You are welcome!

I love that you guys keep yourself fit! I'm sure you have more energy than a lot of young people :) That 86 old walker is amazing!

It looks like you had a very nice walk and lots of fun with a great group of fellow walkers.

Everything looks so lush! I've heard that Scotland is green but I didn't expect it to be so green green :)

Oh, I always have unlucky experience with stinging nettles. I fell in there with my shorts and t-shirts. You can imagine all the tears.. but not because of the pain, no.. because of how it looked like, lol.

Thank you for sharing! Hope to see more of your walking adventures :)

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I never thought about the green. That area and also the coastal plains are very green. The mountainous areas are very barren, though!

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Oh, I didn't know that! I hope to get to Scotland soon to check it out :)

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The mountainous ares can be very stunning in late summer, as many are covered in purple heather.

I would love to have the same walk! Beautiful shots!

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Thanks! Yes, if ever you visit it is worth doing.

Thanks for sharing your travels with us. Looks positively georgous. Beautiful photos and great write up as usual =)

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You are welcome and thanks for stopping by!

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Sure thing. Hadnt "seen" you around in a minute

Hi Diane, long time no see (or is it me ? 🤗)
I really enjoyed Scotland when we went the other year, but never made it to Speyside. Must go back again as my husband like Speyside whisky.

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Thank you for such comprehensive story of your hiking, it is a truth nowadays we prefer to use cars, which is so convenient and we even drive for very small distances, forgetting that we only harm our own health. I love idea of hiking in a group especially to share impressions and to explore something together makes everything much more enjoyable. It was good to have an opportunity to walk through this little wood, sometimes it worth as you may discover such interesting old historic buildings. I love this tunnel and I believe the kids would love to walk through it too, it is exciting to look at and see all these brick top adn even to try if echo lives there too. Also I love that old post box with the beautiful letters, it is nice to see that it is very look after. Thank you for the journey :)

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Thanks for stopping by to comment! We are all guilty of using our cars too much. Where I live in Florida, I can walk to everything, yet I have the tendency to jump into the car because I am in a rush!

That's looks like such a fun and beautiful place to walk. The only connection I have to this place is the Walker's Shortbread. I remember it from my youth in Canada as my mom loved it and we always had it in the house. Then I found it everywhere when I lived in the states and now it can be found in SE Asia too. I look on shelves in various countries and see nothing I know, and there there is the Walker's Shortbread! They must have very good marketing and distribution :)

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Yes, they have done well for themselves - and are still family owed! My Dad used to know the old Mr. Walker when he had just a small bakery and shop in Aberlour - way back in the fifties! I missed Walker's shortbread when I first emigrated to Canada as it was not being exported then because of the requirements to provide bilingual labels! I used to bring some back with me every year. At first it was hard to find it in the States when I moved down here, but then found I could get it in the British import shops! Now it is everywhere - and everyone knows about Walker's! It's an incredible success story!

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What a wonderful addition to this tale. you can do a post all about this part of the story alone! I'm always so happy to see them in odd places and now I will start getting photos. Those Canadians and their labels. My mom used to complain about that. I do not know if it helps even one person outside of Quebec. Or even inside :)

I was expecting the post to be about the whiskey, but it was a delightful walk to the whiskey. One of the best things about travelling in countries that have a lot of history is that you can see things like those steep embankments that have been bricked to keep them from falling. You can see old bridges that have been re-purposed for pedestrians. And when you're walking like that you really get the chance to take in the scenery. It was a delightful walk!

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Thanks! I have friends who have walked the entire Speyside Way, camping as they went. I would love to do that someday!

It has been years since I did a distillery tour. Been that and done it so many times, and I don't even like whisky!

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