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.
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.
Cragganmore Distillery is one of Scotland's many whiskey distilleries located across the country, creating one of the most complex single malt whiskeys of the Speyside malts.
Outdoor Activities in Aviemore
Whilst visiting the popular resort town of Aviemore, choose from a varied and diverse list of outdoor activities.
Malt Whisky Trail
Work your way through Speyside's various malt whisky distilleries and learn about the fascinating histories and distilling processes by which they are made, whilst sampling a dram or two of some of the finest scotch on the planet.
Take a visit to Cawdor Castle and allow yourself to be enchanted by its rich, fascinating history, not to mention its absolutely stunning gardens.
A fascinating insight into the construction and repair of barrels, vats, and casks. A must-see for all whisky enthusiasts.
Fly Fishing on the River Spey
Enjoy the privilege of fly fishing on the River Spey, famous for producing some of the finest quality fish in the world.
The Cairngorms National Park hosts some of the most breath-taking landscapes on the planet, not to mention many exciting outdoor activites.