Geo-Trips :: Speyside Way Spur - Tomintoul to Blairfindy

Glenlivet

A walk from Tomintoul, Thu, 8 Nov 2018 by Anne Burgess

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We set off from Tomintoul to walk the southern half of the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way. The forecast was good, but we were disappointed to be drizzled on shortly after we left Campdalmore, and the sky to the south-west looked very dark and threatening. However once we had climbed out of Glen Conglass and reached the moor, the sun came out and stayed with us most of the day.

The first couple of miles is on a slightly contrived route over the Conglass Water and up past various plantations to above Croughly, from where the route follows an old, gently climbing path over open moorland up to Cairn Ellick, and then to the highest point of today's walk, the Tomintoul Spur and indeed the whole of the Speyside Way - Carn Daimh. It is also the best viewpoint anywhere on the route, with genuinely panoramic views of Ben Rinnes, the Ladder Hills, the Hills of Cromdale and of course the Cairngorms. From here it descends over slightly soft ground, sheltered by a forest from the prevailing westerly wind, and then another good track over open moorland to descend to Blairfindy in Glen Livet.

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NJ1826 : Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
The path here follows the contour round the shoulder of Carn Liath. It was firmer... more

NJ1619 : Campdalemore Wood by Anne Burgess
Campdalemore Wood
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way follows this track along the fringe of... more

NJ1619 : Looking across the Conglass Water by Anne Burgess
Looking across the Conglass Water
The Conglass Water meanders across the floor of a glacial valley, perhaps a... more

NJ1620 : Conglass Water by Anne Burgess
Conglass Water
The view from the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way down the glen occupied by the... more

NJ1619 : Conglass Water by Anne Burgess
Conglass Water
From the slope above the right bank, there is a good view of one of the meanders... more

NJ1720 : A Nameless Ruin by Anne Burgess
A Nameless Ruin
This rickle o' stanes stands (only just!) beside the section of the Tomintoul Spur... more

NJ1720 : Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Speyside Way
This is the route of the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way south of Croughly,... more

NJ1720 : Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Speyside Way
Strictly speaking, it's the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way, passing along this... more

NJ1721 : Between Fences by Anne Burgess
Between Fences
Following the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way, one comes to this open area... more

NJ1721 : Heading for Cairn Ellick by Anne Burgess
Heading for Cairn Ellick
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way follows the fence on the left, then... more

NJ1721 : Chabet Water by Anne Burgess
Chabet Water
The Chabet Water drains the Fèith Musach and eventually joins the River... more

NJ1821 : Board Walk by Anne Burgess
Board Walk
The boardwalk has been laid across the boggy ground on the slope between the... more

NJ1721 : Unexplained Bare Scree by Anne Burgess
Unexplained Bare Scree
We speculated unsuccessfully about the reason for the grey patch of boulders not... more

NJ1722 : Chabet Water by Anne Burgess
Chabet Water
Though you can't really see the Chabet Water, it is there, meandering along the... more

NJ1722 : Glenconglass by Anne Burgess
Glenconglass
The farm buildings stand above the left bank of the Chabet Water. This is the view... more

NJ1821 : Boardwalk on Càrn Slèibhe by Anne Burgess
Boardwalk on Càrn Slèibhe
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way climbs the shoulder of Càrn... more

NJ1821 : Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Speyside Way
In the foreground is part of the welcome boardwalk that saves having to plowter... more

NJ1822 : Old Fence by Anne Burgess
Old Fence
The line of this fence crossing the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way is shown on... more

NJ1822 : Above Glenconglass by Anne Burgess
Above Glenconglass
Some of the foreground here is in this square, but most of the view here from the... more

NJ1822 : Carn Deònaid by Anne Burgess
Carn Deònaid
Carn Deònaid isn't really worthy of the term 'carn', being little more than... more

NJ1623 : Dramatic Sky above Carn Mèilich by Anne Burgess
Dramatic Sky above Carn Mèilich
The lie of the land here below the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way hides Glen... more

NJ1822 : Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
The route follows a narrow path through the heather here on the way to the forest... more

NJ1822 : Way Marker by Anne Burgess
Way Marker
The waymarker beside the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way has seen better days... more

NJ1823 : Chequered Heather by Anne Burgess
Chequered Heather
The pale rectangles are where old heather has been burned to encourage new shoots,... more

NJ1822 : Allt Ellick by Anne Burgess
Allt Ellick
Allt is Gaelic for a burn or small river, but you would be hard put to see exactly... more

NJ1823 : Walkers on the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Walkers on the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
Normally I lag behind my companions taking photographs, and I don't like having... more

NJ1823 : Approaching the Gate by Anne Burgess
Approaching the Gate
At the gate ahead, the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way enters the forest on the... more

NJ1923 : A Guttery Junction by Anne Burgess
A Guttery Junction
'Guttery' is a Scots word for something that is muddier than just ordinary muddy,... more

NJ1823 : Muddy Forest Track by Anne Burgess
Muddy Forest Track
Some parts of the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way in the forest on Cairn Ellick... more

NJ2535 : Ben Rinnes by Anne Burgess
Ben Rinnes
After the mud and gloom inside the forest on the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside... more

NJ2323 : The Buck and The Bochel by Anne Burgess
The Buck and The Bochel
The Buck of Cabrach is the hill just peeking up above the ridge in the distance,... more

NJ2323 : The Bochel and Braes of Glenlivet by Anne Burgess
The Bochel and Braes of Glenlivet
The Bochel is the dark rounded heather-clad hill towards the left, and the Braes... more

NJ1824 : Carn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Carn Daimh
We are in sight of the highest point of the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way,... more

NJ1824 : Approaching the Summit by Anne Burgess
Approaching the Summit
Scots Pine saplings, presumably self-seeded, line the arrow-straight path on the... more

NJ1824 : Scenic Photo Post by Anne Burgess
Scenic Photo Post
Several of these posts have been erected at scenic places in the Cairngorms... more

NJ2828 : The Official View by Anne Burgess
The Official View
This was taken with the camera sitting in the bracket on top of [[[5970101]]].... more

NJ2828 : Not the Official Photo by Anne Burgess
Not the Official Photo
This was not taken with the camera sitting in the bracket on top of [[[5970101]]].... more

NJ1824 : Admiring the view from Cairn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Admiring the view from Cairn Daimh
Cairn Daimh at the summit of the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way has a... more

NJ1824 : Carn Daimh Summit Marker by Anne Burgess
Carn Daimh Summit Marker
The post isn't quite on the summit, which is occupied by a cairn and view... more

NJ1824 : Summit of Carn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Summit of Carn Daimh
Montane tundra and short vegetation characterise the summit of Carn Daimh on the... more

NJ1825 : Looking North from Cairn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Looking North from Cairn Daimh
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way follows the line of the fence down to pass... more

NJ1926 : Looking North-east from Cairn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Looking North-east from Cairn Daimh
Ben Rinnes is on the skyline, with Carn Liath to the left beyond the corner of the... more

NJ2026 : Looking East from Cairn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Looking East from Cairn Daimh
On the skyline straight ahead is Corryhabbie Hill, and in line with it are the... more

NJ1824 : Looking South-east from Cairn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Looking South-east from Cairn Daimh
The path on the right is the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way. To its left The... more

NJ1824 : Toposcope and Summit Cairn by Anne Burgess
Toposcope and Summit Cairn
The toposcope or view indicator and cairn stand together on the highest point of... more

NJ1624 : Tom a' Chor from Cairn Daimh by Anne Burgess
Tom a' Chor from Cairn Daimh
The map shows the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way following a track that curves... more

NJ1825 : Glenlivet Bike Trails by Anne Burgess
Glenlivet Bike Trails
We presume that the reason why the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way now follows... more

NJ1825 : Felled Forest beside the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Felled Forest beside the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
We had thought of stopping for lunch on the summit of Carn Daimh, or even at the... more

NJ1825 : A Plethora of Signs by Anne Burgess
A Plethora of Signs
The older, brown wooden signs mark the junction of Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside... more

NJ1826 : Allt na Glander by Anne Burgess
Allt na Glander
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way skirts the top of the gully carved by the... more

NJ1827 : On the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
On the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
The path is following the contour round the lower slope of Carn Liath, with a view... more

NJ1827 : Pine and Heather by Anne Burgess
Pine and Heather
A few scattered Scots Pines dot the heather-covered slope of Carn Liath above the... more

NJ1827 : Lone Pines by Anne Burgess
Lone Pines
A pair of Scots Pines stands beside the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way on the... more

NJ1827 : Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
At this point the path begins to descend towards the fields and woods at... more

NJ1827 : Plantation above Blairfindy by Anne Burgess
Plantation above Blairfindy
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way enters the plantation at the gate at... more

NJ1827 : A Long Fence by Anne Burgess
A Long Fence
Many of the fences shown on the maps along the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way... more

NJ1827 : Blairfindy by Anne Burgess
Blairfindy
As the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way descends towards Glen Livet, the fields... more

NJ1827 : On the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way by Anne Burgess
On the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way
The path at this point is rather indistinct compared with the rest of the route,... more

NJ1828 : Wells? by Anne Burgess
Wells?
We speculate that these circular structures beside the Tomintoul Spur of the... more

NJ1828 : Wooden Flume by Anne Burgess
Wooden Flume
This miniature aqueduct beide the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way carries water... more

NJ1828 : Speyside Way Information Boards by Anne Burgess
Speyside Way Information Boards
The Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way reaches the public road and a small car... more

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