This section consists of easy terrain, including over six miles (10 km) of minor road. The Earth Pillars is a short but worthwhile detour to a great viewpoint over the Spey. After a further three miles, reach Boat o’ Brig, a key crossing of the Spey named after where the ferry boat had to sail over the remains of a collapsed bridge over 400 years ago. Some gentle climbing in Ben Aigan Forest is rewarded by good views north over the Spey valley. Descending through the beech woods of Arndilly, the Way crosses River Fiddich and returns to the Spey at Craigellachie.

North from Ben Aigan forest North from Ben Aigan forest © Jacquetta Megarry

Section summary

12.7 miles/20.4 km

Fochabers village centre

Craigellachie village centre

Mainly flat to Boat o’ Brig, then moderate gradients around the shoulder of Ben Aigan

Woodland path, minor road, forest track, then minor road again

A pleasant and mostly accessible route along minor roads and forest tracks with a moderate climb through Ben Aigan Forest rewarded by good views over the Spey Valley. Should you wish to bypass the flight of steps at Boat o’ Brig, follow the B9103 road for 150 m to the east and take the first track on the right.

None between Fochabers and Craigellachie

Earth Pillars viewpoint

Telford bridge (1814), Craigellachie