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 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.
Things to do in Speyside
Balvenie Castle is a ruined castle located 1 kilometer north of Dufftown in the Moray region of Scotland.
Huntly Castle is an ancient ruined castle in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, northern Scotland.
Auchindoun Castle enjoys a superb defensive location at an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet, just over two miles southeast of Dufftown. Immediately to the south and east, the land falls steeply into the valley of the River Fiddich, and the location offers a check on one of the main routes south from Speyside to Aberdeenshire, now followed by the A941.
Ballindalloch Castle has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since the Sixteenth Century and today is one of the finest surviving examples of a classic Scottish baronial castle.