Itinerary - The Malt Whisky Trail (4 nights)
In order to have the best experience of scenery and whisky in 4 days we recommend that you travel from Aberdeen to the West in order to visit the distilleries along the Spey valley, through Aberlour to Grantown. You can access the Eastern start of this route via the A90 from Dundee to Aberdeen (or by flying in to Aberdeen) and finish your trip by returning North to Inverness or South to Perth on the A9.
Take the A96 North-West out of Aberdeen until you get to Huntly. Your first day will be spent exploring around the area between Huntly, Keith and Dufftown. Although the road between Huntly and Keith is still the main Aberdeen - Inverness road, once you get on to the minor roads, then you can take the driving more gently (you may need to!)
Day 2 - Aberlour
If you haven't got to Aberlour yet, you will almost certainly want to spend a day here. Aberlour would have claims of being the heart of the Whisky trail.
Day 3 - Rothes and North of Aberlour to Elgin and Fochabers
From Aberlour, the Spey valley runs North across country (as defined by the major roads) to Fochabers. The whole area is littered with distilleries that are highly rated
Day 4 - Strathspey
The final stretch of the A96 from Aberlour to Grantown-on-Spey is considered by David Attenborough to be one of the most beautiful stretches of scenery in the world. It is also possible to view by taking the Strathspey steam railway from Aviemore to Boat of Garten and Broomhill. Whatever your opinion of the distilleries along this stretch, you must experience this scenery.
What other people say
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