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Aug 27, 2014 - Cragganmore to The Glenlivet

Distance 11kms, finish time early evening. Another great breakfast gets us on our way after a quick visit the Cragganmore Distillery, which is just out the back gate, for a few photos. We meet David, Judith and Tony at Ballindoch Station to set off for Tomintoul. The weather is overcast and threatening but rain holds off all day. The group heads off together but we divert to Ballindoch Castle for a quick visit while the others head straight to Glenlivet. We part company just past the Bridge of Avon where an old stone bridge and the Porter’s...

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Aug 26, 2014 - Craigellachie to Ballindalloch

A 19km trek today. The rail track to Arbelour followed the River Spey where we found a great Providore and we all picked up some delicious treats for lunch. The rest of the track was mainly rail bed, with some interesting (abandoned) railway stations, sidings and bridges along the way. Not to mention the Knockando Distillery (we called it "no can do") where we had a long chat with one of the workers. Our B&B host was a French chef, so needless to say, we had a great in house special experience.

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Aug 26, 2014 - Craigellachie to Cragganmore

Distance 19 kms, finish late afternoon. Duncan again sets the day off to a good start with a beautiful breakfast but we reluctantly decline the whisky. Despite a misty/foggy and cool start to the day we have another perfect day for walking. From Allachie Park we re-trace yesterday’s steps toward Aberlour along the river Spey where fishermen were seen standing deep in the water. The path curves through an underpass and then through open farmland to a tunnel. On the outskirts of Aberlour the path runs behind houses to reach a park and the old...

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Aug 25, 2014 - Dufftown to Craigellachie

Distance 8kms, finish time late afternoon. Our day starts with a wonderful breakfast cooked by Andy. Table setting is beautiful with a white linen tablecloth. We look around Dufftown for an hour or so before we head off to Aberlour. David, Judith and Tony report a reasonable night and a good breakfast but as the Indian family didn’t show up they could have had the “nice” rooms. The weather is probably the best we have enjoyed to date. Leaving the main street we cross a small bridge and follow a grassy track up towards the woods at the top...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Fochabers to Craigellachie

Distance 21 kms, finish late afternoon. We have a brief look around Fochabers which is a very attractive town. Annie is taken by the butcher’s shop and investigates so that she misses our departure down one of the side streets and heads up the main road. Bob realises Annie is not following and turns back to find her. A couple of old dears on the street point him in the right direction and when we meet up we hare off after the group on the path alongside the Fochabers burn. Then an extended period on paved road is broken only by a stretch of...

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Aug 22, 2014 - Fochabers to Craigellachie

A 21km walk today to the wee village (or Hamlet) of Craigellachie. Today approximately 100 runners were competing in the Speyside Ultra Marathon of 36 odd miles along the Speyside Way trail but in the opposite direction. We met one of the runners at breakfast in Buckie and were delighted to find out that she had come 8th overall, but 1st of the females coming in at 4.45 hours - must have been all the encouragement we gave her. We were pleased we were taking quite a few days to walk this distance. There are 3 hotels, two of which have an...

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May 13, 2009 - Craigellachie to Elgin

This morning we mailed a little gift, a small Macallan flask, to my friend Bad Beaver back in Calgary. Just a little way of saying “We saw the Macallan factory, and wish you were here!” I’m sure he’ll be tickled pink to receive it! After checking out of the iconic Craigellachie Hotel, we made our way to Glenfiddich/Balvenie distilleries. Originally built and still run by the Grant family, we started with a tour of Glenfiddich. This is a huge distillery – they make somewhere in the area of 10 million litres per year! Our guide Katya was a...

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May 12, 2009 - Craigellachie

In an attempt to do something a little different than sample whisky all day (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we started the day with a tour of the Speyside Cooperage. This is where all the casks that hold new whisky are assembled and/or repaired. It was very cool to see how it’s done and to be able to watch the coopers at work (including 4 apprentices who appeared to be getting coffee...ha ha). The coopers are paid on a piecework basis, so it is the ultimate incentive system – the harder they work, the more they make. But they...

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