SPEYSIDE’S WHISKY HERITAGE
If your wish is to discover the heritage of Scottish malt whisky, a stay at Rhynagarrie Mill will position you perfectly. Develop your appreciation of the Speyside tradition by following the Malt Whisky Trail; it is literally ten minutes from your doorstep.
The Malt Whisky Trail (Visit Scotland)
Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery
Glen Grant Distillery
Glen Moray Distillery
The Glenlivet Distillery
The Macallan Visitor Centre
For distillery tours. You drink, they drive.
Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens
Fifteen minutes from the Mill. Trace the history of the Macpherson-Grants from feuding clans to working Estate. Enjoy beautiful gardens and tree-lined walks, visit the gift shop and sample the delightful tearoom. Gluten and dairy free and vegetarian options are available. Ballindalloch Distillery is only a further six minutes from the castle and the golf course just five, so why not make a day of it?
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Knockando Woolmill is located in the heart of Speyside and has been weaving luxury fabric since 1784. Passed down through generations, the Mill has enabled the craft of carding, spinning and weaving to be continued and is one of the last to show the full textile process. Keeping traditional craftmanship alive provides a window into the past, making it so special.
Known as The Lantern of the North, Elgin Cathedral is an example of Scotland’s finest medieval architecture and visitors have access all areas to the ruins. Stand next to a stone bishop in the nave or try to decipher messages in the new stone carving exhibition. There are fact-finding quizzes for families and guided tours run every day through July and August.
Built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Calder, Cawdor Castle is the infamous setting for Shakespeare’s tragic play, Macbeth. Visitors can enjoy the castle from a historical and literary perspective. Salmon fishing, nature trails, beautiful gardens and a courtyard café make this a bit of an all-rounder.
Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games
The closest Highlands Games to the Mill. Experience track and field events including caber tossing and hammer throwing, highland dancing competitions, piping events, stalls and general fun for all the family.
The Falconer Museum.
One of the oldest museums in the district. Permanent displays include social history, geology, natural history and archaeology.
Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.
Discover the events surrounding the tragic end of the 1746 Jacobite Uprising on a tour of the battle site. The new visitor centre has exciting interactive exhibitions that bring the battle to life.
This mighty artillery fortification was built following the 1746 defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden. The regimental museum tells the story of the Highland Regiments from the Battle of Culloden to the present day.
Following the course of the River Spey, this is one of four official 'Long Distance Routes' in Scotland.
Cairngorms National Park.
All the information you need about great walking, cycling and climbing.
A twenty-four mile footpath following the old Highland Railway. Dip in and out or do the whole thing.
Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails.
Discover the mountains on a purpose-built mountain bike trail. Spectacular scenery with bike hire and café.
Moray Coastal Trail.
Experience the Moray Firth on foot walking sleepy roads, cliff paths and defunct railway lines. Enjoy breathtaking sea views along the way!
Some of the best golf courses in the world can be found in The Highlands and Speyside. Play on a world class golf course with the sunshine coast as your setting.
EXPLORE MARINE LIFE
North 58° Sea Adventure.
Discover the wonders of marine wildlife. Four regular excursions leave Findhorn Marina every day.
WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre.
A prime spot for dolphin watching.
Troup Head Nature Reserve
Coastal reserve walk through wildflower grassland populated by gannets and more.
Creative activities for all ages both indoors and outdoors. Quad biking, laser tag, grass sledging, zip wire and more
Landmark Forest Adventure Park.
An eco-friendly adventure park on the edge of the Cairngorms. Suitable for kids of all ages and adults with a lust for life!
Highland Safari Park
From native species such as the Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcat to the exotic Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.
Cranloch Riding Centre
Woodland riding school catering for all ages and abilities.
Explore the Spey by canoe. All ages.
Elgin Kart Raceway and Activity Centre
Karting for all ages and much more.
Zip Trek Park, Aviemore
Aerial adventure park in the heart of the Cairngorms. Suitable for all ages.
Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Kincraig
Aboard or afloat there are too many activities to list!
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Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay
The best place to see bottlenose dolphins and more.
Renowned amongst anglers far and wide, the Findorn, Spey and Avon are prized locations for a day’s fishing. Here’s a guide to what you can expect.
Weekly and daily permits are available for the Spey and the Findhorn.
Secluded loch for fly-fishing. Pre-booking required.
Glen of Rothes
Scenic Highland glen offering stillwater fishing.
Mill of Kellas
Three lochs for all levels of experience.
Stalking and shooting in the area
This model farm was originally built in the 1920s. It now hosts independent artisanal businesses and retailers. Wonderful café, salmon fishing, walking...
Gordon Castle Walled Gardens
One of the oldest kitchen gardens, restored to greatness by Arne Maynard. Peaceful, tranquil and beautiful.
Brodie Country Fayre
Expansive retail outlet with family restaurant. Selling clothing, gifts and toys, homeware, Scottish hampers and luxury foods.
Johnstons Cashmere and Mill Tours
From wool and cashmere production to luxury clothing design and retail, generations of families have contributed to the continued global success of Johnstons of Elgin. Take the tour and discover this very Scottish heritage.
WHERE TO STOCK UP ON TREATS…
The Spey Larder, 96–98 High Street, Aberlour
An amazing delicatessen with an impressive selection of products to choose from. You want it? They will have it!
Walkers Shortbread, 99 High Street, Aberlour
Aberlour, in the North East of Scotland has been the home of Walkers Shortbread for over 100 years.
WHERE TO EAT
The Mash Tun, Aberlour
Dog-friendly pub and restaurant serving locally sourced food and whisky. Limited tables: book in advance.
Dowans Hotel, Aberlour
Choose from ‘The Spé’ with traditional Scottish Highland fine dining or ’57’ serving modern Scottish fine dining.
The Aberlour Hotel
Modern and traditional cuisine with a Scottish twist.
The Gather’n, Aberlour
Café, gift shop and craft workshop with Vegetarian and Vegan options. Noted for excellent coffee.
Harbour Lights, Lossiemouth
Café and bistro overlooking the marina and serving everything from breakfast to seafood specialities.
Weavers Restaurant at Johnstons of Elgin
5* VisitScotland restaurant serving Scottish food and drink, vegan dishes and lite-bites. The Portsoy seafood platter of the day is a speciality.
Copper Dog, Craigellachie
Locally sourced good, honest pub food from within a 50-mile radius.
The High St. Merchants, Grantown-on-Spey
Café serving platters, burgers and bagels by day, pizzeria by night. Vegetarian and vegan options.
The Station Hotel, Rothes
Choose ‘Pagodas’ serving contemporary Scottish cuisine or opt for relaxed dining in ‘Toot’s Café Bar and Bistro’. Some vegetarian options available.
Relaxed dining aboard two converted railway carriages at the old Grantown East station. Sweet and savoury pizzas and delicious cakes.
The Wee Puffin, Grantown
Family run café for families specialising in burgers. Vegetarian and vegan options available.
Should you end up further afield…
Taverna House Bistro & Restaurant, Forres.
Good à la carte menu.
The Old Mill, Forres.
Good pub food.
Kristoff’s Bistro, Forres.
Scottish cuisine and beyond. Vegan and gluten-free options.
The Bothy Bistro, Burghead.
The Kimberley Inn, Findhorn.
Fantastic pub with great fish and chips.
The Bandstand, Nairn.
Great food and sea views.
Sundancer, Nairn Harbour.
Plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options. Great sea views.
Boath House Restaurant & The Kale Yard Garden Café, Nairn.
Wood-fired pizza, lovely garden. Go posh or not!
OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES
For local walks and step-by-step guides to climbing munros.
Itineraries for local tours including the Heart of Speyside tour, taking in Speyside Cooperage, Ballindalloch Castle, Knockando Wool Mill, Elgin Cathedral, lunch at a distillery and dinner on the Moray coast.
Moray Speyside Golf
Golf courses nearby and further afield.