Speyside is blessed with endless walking paths; over moorland, hills and coastal walks. All of which are beautiful and mostly quite moderate walking. Slowly I am trying to add as much information as possible however there really is so much choice and options it is taking me a while to get the information together. I will start with our favourites and add as I go. Take a look at the related websites and they will lead you to many other options.

At the cottage you will find some further books and information as well as a map outlining our favourite walks.

First and most obviously we are located only 2km from an entry point to the Speyside way which runs all the way to the Moray Coast and is a fantastic starting point for walking adventures in Moray.


Photo by Walk Highlands

Photo by Walk Highlands

Either enter at Blacksboat by the bridge over the Spey and walk towards Ballindalloch or another suggestion is to join the Spey path anywhere in Aberlour and walk toward Craigellachie. Easy walking.
See more information: Speyside Way and Walk Highlands.

The stretch of Speyside way closest to Glenarder is Craigellachie to Ballindalloch. (Jump in at Blacksboat for closest location to Glenarder – look for Glenarder – top left of picture and follow B9102 toward Blacksboat, the entry point to the Spey is right before the bridge, entry on your right-hand side by the old train station house). See map

Ballindalloch to Granton-on-Spey.  You can join at Ballindalloch, 5-10 minute drive from Glenarder.


Our favourite ‘go to’ walk is Smugglers Trail in the stunning Glenlivet Estate. It sums up Scotland and Speyside, you won’t be disappointed. Pack a lunch and allow four hours for comfortable walking, approximately half way in you will come to a small river, perfect spot to take a break. Easy moderate level walking through spectacular and moorland. Particularly stunning late summer and early autumn when the Heather is in full bloom. There are many other walks and biking paths within the estate.

Location and PDF guide maps.  Glenlivet Estate Walking Information.

TIP – Our favourite walk. Just check the weather before you go, bring food and plan for a lunch half way through. Half way into the you will come to a lovely spot by a small stream. John Gillespie Smugglers Way


A nice easy and short walk if you are in Aberlour. Allow about 45 mins. Easy walk behind Aberlour distillery to the surprising Lynn Falls.

Linn Falls. Walk Highlands.


Look out our living room window and you will see Ben Rinnes. It is well worth the walk to the top just for the amazing views surrounding and as far as the Moray Coast, take a look back and see Glenarder. Can be spectacular at sunset. Moderate walk, uphill but really not-to-bad. The backside of Ben Rinnes is spectacular in late August when the hillsides are covered with blooming Heather. Allow 2-3 hours. Route Map

For further information: Friends of Ben Rinnes

Map from Glenarder to Ben Rinnes walking path

WALKS IN AND AROUND ABERLOUR, CRAIGELLACHIE AND ARCHIESTOWN. These are all low level walking so good for all types and ages.

Craigellachie to Telford Bridge. A lovely walk along the Spey ending at the Telford Bridge. Just by chance the Mash Tun pub is also right there so enjoy a wee drink before heading back or onwards.  Route Map

Dufftown to Balvenie Castle (By Glenfiddich Distillery). Lovely walk and old ruined castle, great for photos and even a little gift shop. Take in a distillery tour while you are at it. Route Map


The Leakin – on New Years Day   – see map