Grantown-on-Spey, Nethy Bridge and Boat of Garten


To the east of Aviemore are the magnificent middle reaches of Strathspey. Here is the capital of the region - the fine old stone-built town of Grantown-on-Spey - as well the very popular villages of Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge.

The southern part of this area is taken up by the stunning Abernethy Forest - a huge RSPB reserve and the largest surviving remnant of the ancient Caledonian Forest which once covered Scotland. The reserve includes the famous Osprey eyrie and visitor centre at Loch Garten but is home too to many other species, from wildcat to capercaillie, and from crested tits to the ever-popular red squirrels. Abernethy Forest is joined by many other important woodland areas superb for walks including Anagach Woods on the edge of Grantown, and Deshar Woods at Boat of Garten, whilst the mighty River Spey threads a winding course through the region.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Nethy Bridge riverside and Dell woods 3km 1 hour
Viewpoints walk, Grantown-on-Spey 5km 1.5 hours
Castle Roy circuit, Nethy Bridge 5.5km 1.5 hours
Beachen Wood, Grantown-on-Spey 6.25km 1 - 1.5 hours
Dulnain Bridge and Curr Woods 8.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Loch Garten and Garten woods 9km 2 - 2.5 hours
River Spey and woodland walk, Boat of Garten 9.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Anagach Woods and the River Spey, Grantown 11.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Revack Estate forest circuit 4km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ryvoan Pass - Glenmore to Nethy Bridge 14.5km 4.5 - 5 hours
Abernethy Forest and Ryvoan circuit 16km 5 - 6 hours
Creagan a' Chaise, Cromdale Hills 16km 4 - 5 hours
Carn a' Ghille Charr, Cromdale Hills 10.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Geal Charn, from Dorback Lodge near Nethy Bridge 13.25km 3.5 - 4 hours
The Dava Way 38km 3 stages
The Speyside Way 107km 6 stages

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