Places of Interest
The 'Greater Speyside' area in North-East Scotland treats you to an excellent mix of things to do and see with beautiful scenery. Activities such as fishing, golf, extreme outdoor sports, castles and famous distilleries will take up your time. For Speyside golf courses see our local courses on the left handside.
Starting high in the hills near Dalwhinnie, the river Spey meanders past distilleries, castles and forests on its way to Spey Bay and the North Sea, where you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins and seals.
Speyside is excellent for walking. The Speyside Way is a well known walk that runs for 70 miles from Buckie, through to Spey Bay and then on to the village of Tomintoul, high in the Grampians, and then further on to Aviemore. The first section of the walk follows the Spey, where you may see ospreys fishing for salmon. Much of the walking is on the flat, with the occasional small hill, which makes it suitable for walkers of all abilities. The route is well marked and takes you through beautiful countryside and woods using footpaths, a former railway line and occasionally the road. Finally you climb out of the valley and up into the hills.
The Spey is one of Scotland's best rivers for fishing for salmon, sea and brown trout. You will need a permit to fish and these are available locally.
If you're planning to participate in a whisky tour, Speyside has several on offer, including Glenfarclas, two miles east of Ballindalloch. Combine it with a trip to Ballindalloch Castle. The Glen Grant distillery can be found in Rothes, Aberlour which also has the splendid Major Grant's garden to view. The cooperage just south of Craigellachie provides an insight into this related ancient craft. Come and view the oak casks, used for storing wines, whisky and other spirits, being made. There's also an audio-visual presentation, exhibition and tastings.
Where is Speyside
Speyside sits between two International Airports, Aberdeen and Inverness. The valley runs from Newtonmore in the south, through Kingussie to Aviemore, then past Nethy Bridge to Grantown on Spey and from there on into Moray. There is car hire available at both airports, and in Speyside itself. An increasingly popular alternative is to hire a campervan or motorhome, available locally. The principal trunk road running north from the Central Belt is the A9 and east-west through Moray Speyside is the A96 from Aberdeen to Inverness, with the A95 connecting Aviemore and Keith. There is a good network of local roads connecting communities, but watch out for the local tractors and wildlife.