North of Tomintoul, the 60 mile Speyside Way route is a rough, rolling trek heading north through the foothills of the Cairngorms to Spey Bay. The Speyside Way starts in Tomintoul and is marked by wooden posts. The route varies from grass to bridleway.
According to the Speyside Way website (which may not agree with actual trail signs), cyclists are allowed to use the Speyside Way between Fochabers and Ballindalloch, between Craigellachie and Dufftown, and between Nethybridge and Aviemore. Between Boat of Garten and Aviemore, the route is shared with a section of the SUSTRANS millennium cycle way. Bicycles are NOT allowed to use the off road sections between Ballindalloch and Tomintoul, NOR between Ballindalloch and Cromdale. Between Fochabers and Spey Bay, please cycle on the public road (B9104), and between Ballindalloch (Delnapot) and Cromdale please use the B9102. Cyclists are asked to ensure that they use the route in a way which does not cause damage to the track surface, or cause inconvenience or danger to users on foot or horseback. If you want to cycle between Ballindalloch and Tomintoul, but not on the main roads, please ask the Rangers for an alternative route which follows tracks and minor roads.
It must be remembered, however, that the Speyside Way is largely unsurfaced, and primarily intended for use by pedestrians. Cyclists must therefore use the route in a way which does not cause excessive damage to the track surface, or cause inconvenience for, or danger to, users on foot. Cyclists MUST give way to pedestrians. Please also remember that horse mountain bike riders may be encountered on the Old Railway between Dufftown and Ballindalloch. Take care not to alarm horses by taking sudden or unexpected actions, but also remember that standing still and partly hidden beside the track may well cause more alarm to a horse than moving slowly in full view.