A Ancient Castles in Speyside
Auchindoun Castle, which stands within the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, was built for John, earl of Mar, in the 15th century but he was murdered by his own brother King James III. The castle later became a stronghold of the Gordons. It was sacked and burned by the Mackintoshes in 1591 and, despite being repaired, was abandoned by the 18th century when its stone started being used for other local building projects.
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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.