The Dava Way stretches over 38 kilometres from Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park to the fine country town of Forres in the county of Moray. Mostly following the line of the old Highland Railway Line, it provides traffic-free walking and has a fine gradation of scenery from the Spey at Grantown, through the bleak and empty moorlands around Dava and on into a long descent through the more fertile and pastoral landscapes of Moray around Forres.
The route also provides a key link between two other Long Distance walks. At Grantown it connects with the Speyside Way, whilst Forres is the start of the Moray Coast Trail. As the Moray Coast Trail also meets the Speyside Way at Spey Bay, the three routes together provide the opportunity to make a fine circular route - known as the Moray Way.
|Grantown on Spey to Dava||13.5km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Dava to Dunphail||10.5km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Dunphail to Forres||14.25km||3.5 - 4 hours|
The Way follows the route of the old railway for almost the complete distance and so provide very gentle gradients, though the surface can be a little muddy in places. The main challenge for many walkers is that there is only accommodation available at the start and end of the route, though road access is possible at the end of each of the stages as described and there is a school bus service between Forres and Dunphail. This means that some walkers may attempt to walk the whole way in a single day.
There is a bed and breakfast close to the route at Dava - see (B&Bs). There is no other accommodation elsewhere although it is possible to wild camp if care is taken with choosing a site and no trace is left behind.
There are 205 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Dava Way. To record if you have completed the route, you must register and be logged in. Our users have contributed 7 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.
|The Dava Way (the long, long route)||andrewl7642||13/05/2015||10|
|Pitlochry to Forres, via the Cairngorms and Dava Way||Bearded Wanderer||22/06/2017||5|
|A Toast to the Dava Way||davidbrownie||31/03/2016||5|
|The Dava Way - Ghost Train Walk||Gordie12||22/06/2013||5|
|Dava Way over 2 days, done in both directions||gld73||09/12/2020||3|
|Dava in a day.||jimwit1||25/03/2017||1|
|Spring is sprung||varisian||10/04/2013||0|