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The Dava Way lies within the ancient Celtic province of Morayshire. Morayshire is a hidden gem on the southern shore of the magnificent Moray Firth.
To the west is Nairnshire and Inverness, to the South is Strathspey and the Cairngorm Mountains, to the East lies Banffshire. For years Morayshire has been overshadowed by its larger neighbours, yet this small area contains miles of glorious beaches, surfing, cliffs, fertile farmland, wild moorland, birdwatching, fishing villages, Scotland's greatest concentration of fine distilleries, historic Castles, etc. It also has its own microclimate and is one of the sunniest and driest places in Scotland. For high mountains - explore the Highlands. For a gentler family holiday with lots of outdoor variety and Scottish history visit Morayshire.
That depends on the challenge and variety you are looking for, but it is fairly easy to build the Dava Way into a great Scottish walking experience. I have walked in most regions of the UK and in many countries across Europe. There is a gentleness and variety of experience in Morayshire that still surprises me. Combine the crossing of Dava Moor with an exploration of the Moray Coast and a return along Speyside for a wonderfully varied holiday with more than enough attractions for a rainy day.
Most people prefer lightweight boots for the ankle support and cushioning, but others choose running shoes or trainers! It's down to personal choice
The highest point on the trail as it passes over Dava Moor is 320 metres (1050 feet) above sea level.
The easiest way is to start at Grantown and finish by the sea, an overall descent of 236 metres (775 feet) - but the choice is yours.
I choose fine weather, but I do live locally! Morayshire is blessd with a generally dry sunny climate without the midge menace of the West. I have ski toured across Dava Moor in winter, having been caught in a blizzard, and thought I might die! Expect fine weather, but respect the moors, and if you are unlucky enough to catch the worst weather - turn back and 'phone a taxi. There is always tomorrow.
Probably not, but I think it is one of the best off road rides. Unlike other routes I could mention it doesn't send you on endless detours up and down hillsides. Ok, there are two short sections, one at Dava and the other near Grantown where you use the road, but these are no more than ¾ mile in total.
I use a hybrid bike with front suspension and obviously a mountain bike would be fine. The track is too rough for a road bike and heavy panniers. I have taken panniers but they did tend to bounce off on some of the faster, rough sections.
Not really, the trail goes through active farmland and gates are needed (and have to be shut!) to keep the livestock in. Just relax, this isn't a speed trial, enjoy the scenery, the lack of any steep hills, and remember that Simon Pride (on the official opening race) almost certainly ran it faster than you will cycle it!
The route was planned as a walking route which could be used by off road cyclists. The surface is firm enough to cope with occasional horses at present. Any horses should follow the cyclist diversions. Contact the Moray Equestrian Access Group for more advice. They describe it was lovely ride with some fatastic views, allow about 6 hours. Camping and grazing at Grantown-on-Spey can be arranged when riding out from Forres.