The River Spey is Scotland's second longest river. The upper part, Strathspey, is equally famous for its hiking, skiing and watersports. The lower part of the valley comprises the famous Malt whisky trail. There are more malt whisky distilleries in this small area than in any other part of the country, including Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. There is some fine walking along the 45-mile Speyside Way, which runs from Spey Bay south to Tomintoul. At the mouth of the Spey you find the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society wildlife centre set on a 450 hectare nature reserve.
The Speyside Way is one of the terrific long-distance walks available in Scotland - the others being the West Highland way, The Southern Upland Way, The Kintyre coastal path and The Great Glen Way
The area that Private House Stays defines as Speyside includes the heart of The Whisky Trail. This is a term that seems to be a marketing exercise to encourage tours visiting the huge amount of distilleries that are located between Aberdeen and Inverness, but it can be a little confusing because there are a number of small (but still famous) brands that only occasionally or by special arrangement welcome visitors to see round the distillery sites. In order to help tourists we list the distillery names below approximately grouped around the nearest towns with telephone numbers and websites for those that are most orientated around visitors: http://www.privatehousestays.com/blog/?p=1163
There are two decent Ancient castles within the Speyside area: Auchindoun Castle and Balvenie Castle
We recommend the Brander Museum, The Green Hall Gallery in Craigellachie, The Keith and Dufftown Railway - a narrow track railway run by volunteers and The Speyside Heather Centre.
Woodville Bed and Breakfast
Located in the Spey Valley, amidst some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, Woodville Bed and Breakfast at Ballindalloch near Glenlivet is surrounded by peaceful woodland - Find out more
The Mash Tun
The Mash Tun, Aberlour, in the heart of the whisky trail, is an ideal place to sample some of the best whiskies that Speyside has to offer whilst enjoying a great view of the Spey. - Find out more
A characterful country house bed and breakfast in the heart of whisky country, Cragganmore House offers quality and comfort in a historic setting. - Find out more
Culdearn is a beautiful country house in Grantown on Spey situated in the heart of Speyside in the Cairngorm National Park. Ideal for whisky distilleries and castle visits. - Find out more