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.
|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|
|Ryvoan Pass - Glenmore to Nethy Bridge||14.5km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|Creagan a' Chaise, Cromdale Hills||16km||4 - 5 hours|
|Abernethy Forest and Ryvoan circuit||16km||5 - 6 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|
David Lintern visits a 21st century croft in the Cairngorms, and comes away with free range eggs and hope for the future.
"Just off the road to Tomintoul over the Cromdale Hills, there’s a small wooden bungalow and a couple of outbuildings that have seen better days. When my own family were looking to move to the Highlands..."Read more