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||3½-4 hours|
|Dava to Dunphail||10.5km||2½-3 hours|
|Dunphail to Forres||14.25km||3½-4 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.
Grantown on Spey is linked by bus to Aviemore and Inverness, whilst Forres has a rail station as well as a bus to Inverness.
There is no public transport between Grantown and Forres without going via Inverness.
Along the way, the only bus service is the school bus (open to the public) that links Grantown with Dunphail and the church below the Divie Viaduct. Otherwise there are several taxi firms that could be used. If staying in a bed and breakfast at either Forres or Grantown, it may be worth asking if the proprietors would be happy to pick you up and drop you off again in the morning part way along the route - this means you could stay for two nights.
Timetables can be found on Traveline Scotland.
There are 299 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 8 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||13|
|Dava Way over 2 days, done in both directions||gld73||09/12/2020||6|
|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 in one day||Sman1957||08/06/2022||4|
|Dava in a day.||jimwit1||25/03/2017||1|
|Spring is sprung||varisian||10/04/2013||0|