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Upcoming Walks

Click on the events on the calendar to find out more about each walk and how to book. Below the calendar you will find the types of walks that Secret Strathspey offers.

Weekly Guided Walks and Special Events

Weekly guided walks around the various picturesque villages of Strathspey. Explore the hidden history and folktales of the area and forage for edible and medicinal plants.

Walks are located in Grantown on Spey, Nethy Bridge, Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Cromdale and Kincardine.

The walks are between 2 to 2.5 hours and are accessible to most abilities.

To book onto these walks, click on the link to Secret Strathspey’s Facebook Page or email me at

The Green Lochan and Ryvoan Pass Guided Walk

Explore the beautiful Ryvoan Pass and An Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan, in the shadow of Cairngorm on this 4 hour guided walk (including breaks)

The guided walk starts at the spectacular Loch Morlich, before winding our way in the shadow of Cairngorm to the fairy green lochan. After some time to soak up the atmosphere, we continue on to the Ryvoan Bothy in its isolated spot.

On the way hear stories from local folklore of infamous cattle thieves, the bloody hand of Glenmore and the King of the fairies, as well as having the chance to follow in the footsteps of a 18th Century Highlander by foraging for seasonal wild food and medicine.

My availability for this tour is shown on the calendar above.

The Secret Backharn Valley Guided Walk

Come and explore the ancient Abernethy Forest.

This 3 hour guided walk (including breaks) will start at the medieval Castle Roy with its connections to the infamous Wolf of Badenoch, before walking past the elegant Aultmore House. We stop at a viewpoint to see an awe inspiring vista of the Cairngorm mountains before climbing up to the breathtaking Backharn Valley.

Hear stories from the local folklore of an ambush of cattle thieves in the Backharn valley, the evil white serpent and fairy changelings.
The walk will also include an opportunity to forage for seasonal wild food, just as highlanders did through the centuries.

My availability for this tour is outlined on the calendar above.

Private guided walks of Strathspey

Come and explore the beautiful villages and towns of Strathspey on a private guided walk.

Walks can start at your accommodation (if in Grantown) or outside Grantown Library in the Square. You can choose either a walk to the majestic River Spey or to Castle Grant taking in many sights on the way.

Private walks can be booked for between 2 – 5 hours for any size of group. I am available from 10 am on weekdays and weekends.

To book a private walk please call on the number below or fill out the form below.


Can I take my dog on the walk?

Yes, you are welcome to take your dog on any of the walks, provided that the dog is on a lead and is well behaved around other dogs and farm animals (some of the walks go through farm fields).

“I’ve been on several Secret Strathspey walks and have learnt so much about the local history. Marcus does thorough research for each walk and ferrets out all the interesting stories. Very worthwhile two hours, no matter the weather. Highly recommended.”

— Barbara A., Tripadvisor