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The only public transport along the length of the Dava Way is a bus service between Forres and Edinkillie Church. This morning and afternoon weekday service is provided by Moray Council, and operates during school term times - 312 Timetable or tel: 01343 562569. Alternatively you can use the local taxi firms. The map shows convenient points for pick up / drop off for taxis, and for parking. All distances are measured from the end of the walk, it is an additional 1 mile (2km) to Forres centre and ½ mile (1km) to Grantown centre.
2 miles (3 km) outside Forres the Dava Way crosses over the minor road linking Rafford with Dallas Dhu. There is space for 3 or 4 cars.
5 miles (8 km) from the Forres start the Dava Way crosses the northern arm of the Half Davoch road. There is space for several cars here.
Dunphail is 8 miles (13 km) from Forres, 15 miles (23 km) from Grantown. Here the Dava Way passes under the southern loop of the Half Davoch road and passes close by Edenkillie Hall. There is ample parking at the Hall which is located by the junction of the Half Davoch road with the A940 Forres to Grantown-on-Spey road.
Bantrach is 9½ miles (15 km) from Forres, 13½ miles (21 km) from Grantown. A minor road leaves the A940 Forres to Grantown road as it winds past Edenkillie church. This single track road passes under the viaduct; turn off right passing over the ancient Bantrach bridge. Ahead, at a sharp bend, a track leads up to the Dava Way. There is space for several cars here.
Dava is 15 miles (23 km) from Forres and 8 miles (15 km) from Grantown. The route passes within 50 metres of the main road where there is limited parking for one or two cars on the verge.
3½ miles (6 km) from Grantown the Dava Way passes Huntly's Cave to join the open moor. A track leads from here up to the Cairngorms National Park Car Park. Space for several cars.
2 miles outside Grantown the Dava Way follows alongside the main A939 for about 400 yards. From the south it joins the roadside at Home Farm lane until you reach a junction with a minor road (where there is a prominent public telephone box). Either point makes a convenient pick up point.
Stagecoach provide a regular and frequent service connecting Forres with Aberdeen and Inverness. They also run a service connecting Grantown with Aviemore and Inverness. For timetables go to the Stagecoach web site or contact Traveline Scotland on 0871 2002233. Moray Council operates a ‘Dial A Bus’ service which operates in rural areas as far as Dava. Bookings must be made before 15:00hrs the day before by telephoning 0300 1234565.
Forres station is on the Aberdeen to Inverness line operated by Scotrail. The nearest station to Grantown is at Aviemore on the Perth to Inverness line. Strathspey Railway runs a seasonal service from Aviemore to Broomhill, 4 miles from Grantown.
(Aberdeen to Inverness)