A Ancient Castles in Speyside
Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn earls of Buchan, Balvenie is a castle of enclosure with massive curtain wall. Location: At Dufftown on the A94. Opening times: Summer (1 April - 30 September), Monday to Sunday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm October campaign: open 5 days, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, closed Thurs/Fri. 2007
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The Private House Stay's Guide
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.