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Auldich to Tomintoul - Spur of the Speyside Way

Date: Thursday 21 June, 2018

Event leader: Wild Alba Tours

Price: £25Meet time: 09.00

Estimated finish time: 17.00

Difficulty: ChallengingGroup size: 4

Distance: 12.5 miles (20km)

Ascent: 653mHigh point: 560m

Booking deadline: 0:00 Wednesday 20 June, 2018


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Auldich to Tomintoul - Spur of the Speyside Way

Arrive in Tomintoul car park where we will collect you and drive you to the start of the walk in Auldich. We will walk a branch off from the low-level Speyside Way for this more dramatic spur across moorland to the high village of Tomintoul. The Glenlivet Distillery a handy stopping point half way along this more challenging spur route for refreshments and toilets.

The walk will take us along minor roads, moorland paths and tracks, can be very wet underfoot. This is the hardest (and most spectacular) section of the Speyside Way. We will spot wildlife as we walk and enjoy the day out.

There will be the chance of seeing Red Deer, Roe Deer, Red Squirrel, Common buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine falcon, Short-eared owl, Black grouse, Red grouse, Curlew, Dipper, Oystercatcher, Woodcock, Snipe, Raven and Otter, however we cannot guarantee this.

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at the main Car Park in Tomintoul. grid ref NJ168 187. The car park can be found in the centre of Tomintoul and has public toilets.

Where to Meet - Map

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About the Provider

We run bespoke wildlife and bird watching walks and safaris in beautiful countryside and estates.

If you want to get up close to Mother Nature, come on one of our tours and see some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. Experience wild places and explore the living landscape with Wild Alba Tours.

We have tours for families, nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and people looking to learn about the living landscape of the area with its authentic and unique cultural experiences.

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Event Grading System

This is intended as a rough indication only. Every effort has been made to make the level of activity and physical effort involved as clear as possible within the event description. If in doubt contact the event provider.

  • Easy:    A gentle activity over level easy terrain (or equivalent) lasting up to 2 hours. All ages and abilities welcome; time to stop, chat and stare.
  • Easy+:    An activity over generally easy terrain (or equivalent). Likely to include some slight inclines or similar extra effort. Usually lasting up to 3 hours with rests, etc.
  • Moderate:    A more varied activity and/or varied terrain (or equivalent), involving some extra effort for part of it. Typically a short day activity.
  • Moderate+:    Typically a full day activity over varied terrain (or equivalent) requiring stamina and/or more sustained effort. Short breaks for refreshments, lunch, etc
  • Challenging:    A range of activities with something ‘special’ that will appeal to the more experienced outdoor person. See event entry for details.

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Refunds – Customer cancellation

Refunds can be claimed for bookings cancelled before May 31. After May 31 refunds will only be made if the places are resold as by then arrangements for events are in place. In all instances we reserve the right to levy an administrative charge of £1.

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Changes to the programme

In the event of circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to alter the programme and events.

Basis of participation

The organisers of the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival recognise that outdoor activities carry a risk of personal injury dependent in part upon the skills of participants and prevailing weather conditions, both outwith the control of the organisers. Those taking part do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own actions and safety. In broad terms, the basis of participation is similar to that of individuals joining in club activities.

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Suitability of events

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In the unlikely circumstance that on the day of the event the leader has good grounds to doubt the suitability of their event for any individual, then they have the right to refuse admission without refund.

Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Young people (under 16yrs) and vulnerable adults are welcome on appropriate events but must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. The accompanying adult is best placed to judge the capability of their charge and has the full responsibility both for judging the suitability of the event for that young person or vulnerable adult and for their actions during the event.


In general dogs are welcome on walks, providing dog owners act responsibly in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and ensure that dogs are kept under close control in the vicinity of livestock and in rural areas. The decision on whether dogs are welcome on individual events is the prerogative of the event provider, especially where transport is part of the event. If there is any doubt please contact the event provider before booking the event.

Updated February 2018