Access Improvements

Open for autumn 2019: the newly upgraded Speyside Way spur is complete and open for business!

Project Lead: Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and Crown Estate Scotland (CES)

What is the project?

Improve the Speyside Way spur to encourage more people to use the footpath, visit and stay in the area and enjoy the landscape and setting.
Build a new pedestrian path linking Glenlivet Distillery and Blairfindy Castle to enhance visitor opportunity and provide training for volunteers in path construction and maintenance.

What will the project achieve?

  • Infrastructure improvements along the existing Speyside Way Spur, a 15 mile route connecting Glenlivet and Tomintoul with the main Speyside Way long distance path.
  • A new pedestrian path linking Glenlivet Distillery and Blairfindy Castle
  • Path construction and maintenance training for volunteers

What has been done so far?

  • A review of the repair and footpath upgrade proposal has been completed by the local community walking group, with tendering and design work undertaken during summer 2018.
  • Completion of the upgrade works in August 2019, which included improvements to surfaces, drainage, replacement of boardwalks with a raised path, as well as replacing gates and new signage.
  • A celebration event took place on 22nd September 2019 to mark the completion of the path upgrade.