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Douglas And Helen

Douglas’s guidebook

Eating out (and in!)
In no particular order, lots of choice for lunch and dinner, a few takeaways and a personal chef too! But not much chance of any delivery options...
3.5 miles away, with the added bonus that if you're dining there they will come collect you and take you back afterwards! Serve lunch and dinner and a Sunday carvery.
Delnashaugh Inn
3.5 miles away, with the added bonus that if you're dining there they will come collect you and take you back afterwards! Serve lunch and dinner and a Sunday carvery.
10 miles away in Aberlour, two bars, including 500 whiskies, craft beers, cocktails, and two restaurants, plus afternoon tea.
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Dowans Hotel & Restaurant
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10 miles away in Aberlour, two bars, including 500 whiskies, craft beers, cocktails, and two restaurants, plus afternoon tea.
On the banks of the Spey, with a fine selection of whiskies, a good menu, lunch and dinner available.
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The Mash Tun
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On the banks of the Spey, with a fine selection of whiskies, a good menu, lunch and dinner available.
On the High Street, open most lunchtimes and evenings.
Aberlour Takeaway
92 High St
On the High Street, open most lunchtimes and evenings.
Excellent Indian restaurant in Grantown, dine in or takeaway.
Sylhet Brasserie
Excellent Indian restaurant in Grantown, dine in or takeaway.
Highly rated restaurant in Grantown, open for lunch and dinner except Sun/Mon. "As we are in the heart of the Highlands we try to use local produce where possible, freshest of fish from Sutherlands of Portsoy, beef from Grants of Speyside here in Grantown on Spey and game from local estates cooked in a comfortable atmosphere at a price we can all afford. Looking forward to seeing you soon…."
No 7 Bistro
7 The Square
Highly rated restaurant in Grantown, open for lunch and dinner except Sun/Mon. "As we are in the heart of the Highlands we try to use local produce where possible, freshest of fish from Sutherlands of Portsoy, beef from Grants of Speyside here in Grantown on Spey and game from local estates cooked in a comfortable atmosphere at a price we can all afford. Looking forward to seeing you soon…."
Good fish and chips! The Royal Fish Bar is a traditional family run fish and chip shop situated in the high street of Grantown-On-Spey. Open daily from 12pm - 9pm
The Royal Fish Bar
19 High St
Good fish and chips! The Royal Fish Bar is a traditional family run fish and chip shop situated in the high street of Grantown-On-Spey. Open daily from 12pm - 9pm
Good food in a grand setting between Dulnain Bridge and Carrbridge.
Muckrach Country House Hotel
Good food in a grand setting between Dulnain Bridge and Carrbridge.
Offering a casual and hearty pub style menu with their own take on classic dishes and speciality nights throughout the week, the most popular being Tuesday Fish and Chip Night.
The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant
Offering a casual and hearty pub style menu with their own take on classic dishes and speciality nights throughout the week, the most popular being Tuesday Fish and Chip Night.
It might be 25 miles away, but you might be passing it anyway, possibly the best pizza north of Drumochter pass so well worth the trip. And they do takeaways...
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La Taverna
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It might be 25 miles away, but you might be passing it anyway, possibly the best pizza north of Drumochter pass so well worth the trip. And they do takeaways...
The Station Hotel has a rich history as part of the Rothes community stretching back more than a century. In its heyday, it was the place for the rich and well-heeled to stay while travelling north to fish for salmon in the bountiful River Spey. So restoring the site to do justice to that heritage, while creating something contemporary that would act as a hub for the local community, and attract visitors from further afield was no small task.
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The Station Hotel
51 New St
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The Station Hotel has a rich history as part of the Rothes community stretching back more than a century. In its heyday, it was the place for the rich and well-heeled to stay while travelling north to fish for salmon in the bountiful River Spey. So restoring the site to do justice to that heritage, while creating something contemporary that would act as a hub for the local community, and attract visitors from further afield was no small task.
Serves breakfast, lunch and coffee. Good for children Outdoor seating Takeaway Walk-ins welcome Open 9-5 most days
The Old Bakery
Serves breakfast, lunch and coffee. Good for children Outdoor seating Takeaway Walk-ins welcome Open 9-5 most days
Visitor attractions
There's plenty to do for all ages and interests...
Explore and enjoy five hundred years of Highland history, acres of formal gardens, woodlands and riverside walks, the children’s Playground, Picnic Area, Tearoom and Gift Shop.
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Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens
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Explore and enjoy five hundred years of Highland history, acres of formal gardens, woodlands and riverside walks, the children’s Playground, Picnic Area, Tearoom and Gift Shop.
The Keith and Dufftown Railway is an eleven mile heritage line linking the World’s Malt Whisky Capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith.
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The Keith & Dufftown Railway
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The Keith and Dufftown Railway is an eleven mile heritage line linking the World’s Malt Whisky Capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith.
Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century, built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. An ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree. Still the home of the Cawdor family, Cawdor Castle has a history extending to Macbeth.
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Cawdor Castle and Gardens
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Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century, built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. An ancient medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree. Still the home of the Cawdor family, Cawdor Castle has a history extending to Macbeth.
Abernethy is ancient, wild and immeasurably special. Reaching from the River Nethy to the top of Ben Macdui (Britain’s second highest mountain), it boasts ancient Caledonian pineforest, sweeping moorland, vital wetland and dramatic mountains. Not to mention the world-famous Loch Garten Osprey Centre.
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Loch Garten Osprey Centre
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Abernethy is ancient, wild and immeasurably special. Reaching from the River Nethy to the top of Ben Macdui (Britain’s second highest mountain), it boasts ancient Caledonian pineforest, sweeping moorland, vital wetland and dramatic mountains. Not to mention the world-famous Loch Garten Osprey Centre.
Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra in our spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot. The Wildlife Park has a wide and diverse range of animals. From native species such as the Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcat to those from further afield such as the Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world's mountains and tundra in our spectacular setting. Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area on foot. The Wildlife Park has a wide and diverse range of animals. From native species such as the Capercaillie and Scottish Wildcat to those from further afield such as the Amur Tiger and Polar Bear.
Knockando Woolmill has ensured the craft of carding, spinning and weaving with local wool has been passed down through generations since 1784. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
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Knockando Woolmill
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Knockando Woolmill has ensured the craft of carding, spinning and weaving with local wool has been passed down through generations since 1784. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Reindeer are not just for Christmas! There are currently around 150 reindeer in the herd, mostly ranging on the Cairngorm Mountains with the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate, the locations being some 30 miles apart. Apparently half the herd live in the hills behind Spey Cottage, locals have reported seeing them from time to time!
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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
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The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. These tame and friendly animals are a joy to all who come and see them. Reindeer are not just for Christmas! There are currently around 150 reindeer in the herd, mostly ranging on the Cairngorm Mountains with the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate, the locations being some 30 miles apart. Apparently half the herd live in the hills behind Spey Cottage, locals have reported seeing them from time to time!
In the heart of Speyside Malt Whisky Trail lies the Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering. Since 1947, Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. In 2008 the Cooperage was sold to the French firm Tonnellerie François Frères. Today the cooperage continues to work and produce the age-old product, still using traditional methods and tools. Each year, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries throughout Scotland and the rest of the world. The Cooperage is the only cooperage in Britain with a visitor centre. Enjoy a journey through the lifecycle of the cask, see the highly skilled coopers at work, try it for yourself with the mini casks or simply relax and enjoy the gift and coffee shop.
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Speyside Cooperage
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In the heart of Speyside Malt Whisky Trail lies the Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering. Since 1947, Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. In 2008 the Cooperage was sold to the French firm Tonnellerie François Frères. Today the cooperage continues to work and produce the age-old product, still using traditional methods and tools. Each year, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries throughout Scotland and the rest of the world. The Cooperage is the only cooperage in Britain with a visitor centre. Enjoy a journey through the lifecycle of the cask, see the highly skilled coopers at work, try it for yourself with the mini casks or simply relax and enjoy the gift and coffee shop.
Enjoy a browse in Heather Allan’s Vintage Shop located in the old church and the old bakery which has an ever changing selection of vintage items. Very hard to leave without buying anything!
The Old Curiosity Shop, Rothes
21 High St
Enjoy a browse in Heather Allan’s Vintage Shop located in the old church and the old bakery which has an ever changing selection of vintage items. Very hard to leave without buying anything!
Forest activity park with climbing wall, highwire course, maze, raft ride and rollercoaster.
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Landmark Forest Adventure Park
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Forest activity park with climbing wall, highwire course, maze, raft ride and rollercoaster.
Karting for ages 3 and up. The track is 550 meters long, and 6 meters wide for safer overtaking, with plenty of wide sweeping bends on a positive camber to assist with cornering. There are undulations as well as a huge long straight down one side, to make for an action packed racing experience. This track will blow you away with stunning views of the Cairngorm mountains as a backdrop.
Aviemorekartraceway
Karting for ages 3 and up. The track is 550 meters long, and 6 meters wide for safer overtaking, with plenty of wide sweeping bends on a positive camber to assist with cornering. There are undulations as well as a huge long straight down one side, to make for an action packed racing experience. This track will blow you away with stunning views of the Cairngorm mountains as a backdrop.
Cairngorm Brewery Company is a craft brewery established in 2001, situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. They currently have a 20 barrel Brewhouse, capable of producing 6500 litres of the finest ale each day. With a full range of permanent and seasonal cask beers to suit all tastes, many of them available throughout the year in 500ml and 330ml bottles. You can go just to buy the beers, but we definitely recommend booking onto the tour, fascinating and very generous sampling hic!
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The Cairngorm Brewery
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Cairngorm Brewery Company is a craft brewery established in 2001, situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. They currently have a 20 barrel Brewhouse, capable of producing 6500 litres of the finest ale each day. With a full range of permanent and seasonal cask beers to suit all tastes, many of them available throughout the year in 500ml and 330ml bottles. You can go just to buy the beers, but we definitely recommend booking onto the tour, fascinating and very generous sampling hic!
Grantown East’s journey has gone full circle from a busy railway station connecting people to the outside world to an abandoned ruin. Years later following blood, sweat and tears the creation of Grantown East: Highland Heritage and Cultural Centre has now become a fantastic place for people to visit, explore and enjoy. Have a ride on the miniature train, followed by some rather tasty wood fired pizza!
Grantown East: Highland Heritage & Cultural Centre
Grantown East’s journey has gone full circle from a busy railway station connecting people to the outside world to an abandoned ruin. Years later following blood, sweat and tears the creation of Grantown East: Highland Heritage and Cultural Centre has now become a fantastic place for people to visit, explore and enjoy. Have a ride on the miniature train, followed by some rather tasty wood fired pizza!
Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew , carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travels along the track.
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Strathspey Steam Railway
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Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew , carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travels along the track.
Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with its island castle ruin and stunning surroundings of forest and hill, has seen human use for many centuries. It has also long been a much loved favourite of countless thousands of visitors. No surprise, then, that in 2010 it was voted Britain’s Favourite Picnic Spot in a poll organised by Warburtons to commemorate National Bread Week. You can explore the area at your own pace; a short stroll from the car park will reveal dramatic views of ancient pine trees, mountain and castle. A walk of 3 miles (5 kilometres) along some of the best low level walking paths in Scotland and part of a Rothiemurchus network of trails, will take you all the way round the loch. You may encounter some of our exceptional forest wildlife; Red Squirrel, Scottish Crossbill and Crested Tit make their home here. In summer, Ospreys may occasionally seen scouting the waters for fish.
Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus
Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with its island castle ruin and stunning surroundings of forest and hill, has seen human use for many centuries. It has also long been a much loved favourite of countless thousands of visitors. No surprise, then, that in 2010 it was voted Britain’s Favourite Picnic Spot in a poll organised by Warburtons to commemorate National Bread Week. You can explore the area at your own pace; a short stroll from the car park will reveal dramatic views of ancient pine trees, mountain and castle. A walk of 3 miles (5 kilometres) along some of the best low level walking paths in Scotland and part of a Rothiemurchus network of trails, will take you all the way round the loch. You may encounter some of our exceptional forest wildlife; Red Squirrel, Scottish Crossbill and Crested Tit make their home here. In summer, Ospreys may occasionally seen scouting the waters for fish.
While Loch Ness might not be located too close to the Cairngorms’ Loch Morlich, there’s every chance you’ll meet some of her relatives here. What we can guarantee, however, is stunning scenery, crystal clear water and some of the best wild swimming around. You can always go windsurfing if you'd like to take things next level. Naturally, you’ll want to swim with a group for safety, and head to the loch-side cafe afterwards for copious amounts of coffee and cake.
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Loch Morlich
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While Loch Ness might not be located too close to the Cairngorms’ Loch Morlich, there’s every chance you’ll meet some of her relatives here. What we can guarantee, however, is stunning scenery, crystal clear water and some of the best wild swimming around. You can always go windsurfing if you'd like to take things next level. Naturally, you’ll want to swim with a group for safety, and head to the loch-side cafe afterwards for copious amounts of coffee and cake.
• permanent galleries The permanent exhibition tells the stories of Grantown from its founding in 1775 by the “Good Sir James” through the Scottish enlightenment, industry and inventions to a Victorian favourite retreat. Discover the townspeople who left their mark on the world, the movers and shakes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear about great inventions’ electrifying objects, and look back into the past with the extensive collection of old photographs. •temporary exhibitions There are temporary exhibitions during the season – historical exhibitions (such as the World War I exhibition in 2018), photography and art. Have a look at the What’s On page to see what is on at the moment and what is coming up. During the Winter months, there are various events, such as book launches, concerts, and talks. •visitor information centre Visitor Information: The Museum is a Visitor Information Centre providing free information about the area – what to do and where to go in the Cairngorms National Park, where you can stay, and how to get the most out of your visit. ​•gift shop - shop Our shop has a great collection of unique gifts and souvenirs: National Park merchandise, Glan Grant mementos, Scottish jewellery, toys, cards and bespoke items inspired from our Museum collection. We sell maps, guides and a good selection of local and Scottish book titles.
Grantown Museum
• permanent galleries The permanent exhibition tells the stories of Grantown from its founding in 1775 by the “Good Sir James” through the Scottish enlightenment, industry and inventions to a Victorian favourite retreat. Discover the townspeople who left their mark on the world, the movers and shakes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear about great inventions’ electrifying objects, and look back into the past with the extensive collection of old photographs. •temporary exhibitions There are temporary exhibitions during the season – historical exhibitions (such as the World War I exhibition in 2018), photography and art. Have a look at the What’s On page to see what is on at the moment and what is coming up. During the Winter months, there are various events, such as book launches, concerts, and talks. •visitor information centre Visitor Information: The Museum is a Visitor Information Centre providing free information about the area – what to do and where to go in the Cairngorms National Park, where you can stay, and how to get the most out of your visit. ​•gift shop - shop Our shop has a great collection of unique gifts and souvenirs: National Park merchandise, Glan Grant mementos, Scottish jewellery, toys, cards and bespoke items inspired from our Museum collection. We sell maps, guides and a good selection of local and Scottish book titles.
Developed in the late 18th Century, the charismatic village of Tomintoul was built by the 4th Duke of Gordon who established the new planned settlement with its regimented grid-like layout on this "bleak and barren moor". Its layout hasn’t changed much since. The Duke’s demand for a good Public House in the centre of the town no doubt helped to secure its popularity. Situated at 234m above sea level, Tomintoul is renowned as the highest village in the Highlands.
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Tomintoul
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Developed in the late 18th Century, the charismatic village of Tomintoul was built by the 4th Duke of Gordon who established the new planned settlement with its regimented grid-like layout on this "bleak and barren moor". Its layout hasn’t changed much since. The Duke’s demand for a good Public House in the centre of the town no doubt helped to secure its popularity. Situated at 234m above sea level, Tomintoul is renowned as the highest village in the Highlands.
It never rains here. But just in case it does - Established in 1990, Rollerbowl was previously a green bowls club. Rollerbowl was an entirely new concept to the highlands as it brought a new leisure experience to the area.
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Rollerbowl
167 Culduthel Road
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It never rains here. But just in case it does - Established in 1990, Rollerbowl was previously a green bowls club. Rollerbowl was an entirely new concept to the highlands as it brought a new leisure experience to the area.
Fancy flying through the trees on an exhilarating ride through the Scottish Highlands? Well you’ve come to the right place with the Uk’s first Zip Trek Adventure Park based on Alvie Estate near Aviemore! In the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, our Zip Trek is made up of 14 zip wires over a 2km course, with zips starting off nice and easy and get bigger and faster as you go along the course with the last big one at 550m long at 40mph!
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Zip Trek Adventure Park Aviemore
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Fancy flying through the trees on an exhilarating ride through the Scottish Highlands? Well you’ve come to the right place with the Uk’s first Zip Trek Adventure Park based on Alvie Estate near Aviemore! In the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, our Zip Trek is made up of 14 zip wires over a 2km course, with zips starting off nice and easy and get bigger and faster as you go along the course with the last big one at 550m long at 40mph!
Lochindorb (from the Scottish Gaelic: Loch nan Doirb meaning "loch of the minnows") is a freshwater loch north of Grantown on Spey in the Highland council area of Scotland. On the island are the ruins of Lochindorb Castle, a former stronghold of the Clan Comyn and is built on what now is said to be an artificially created island. It is also a popular spot with fishers and birdwatchers, the latter of whom come to see the local black-throated divers and greylag geese. At the southeast edge of the loch there is a small patch of coniferous forest. The "Wolf's Lair": Lochindorb Castle at Lochindorb in Badenoch, stronghold of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan. Lochindorb is home to an array of wildlife and is a popular fishing and birdwatching spot. The loch was traditionally a game loch with a large native brown trout population however there has been a dramatic decrease in numbers. Pike have been recorded in the loch for over 20 years and were illegally stocked. Pike have been used as an excuse for the demise of the trout, however anglers have been removing large numbers of trout due to no bag limit or permit system being in place.
Lochindorb
Lochindorb (from the Scottish Gaelic: Loch nan Doirb meaning "loch of the minnows") is a freshwater loch north of Grantown on Spey in the Highland council area of Scotland. On the island are the ruins of Lochindorb Castle, a former stronghold of the Clan Comyn and is built on what now is said to be an artificially created island. It is also a popular spot with fishers and birdwatchers, the latter of whom come to see the local black-throated divers and greylag geese. At the southeast edge of the loch there is a small patch of coniferous forest. The "Wolf's Lair": Lochindorb Castle at Lochindorb in Badenoch, stronghold of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan. Lochindorb is home to an array of wildlife and is a popular fishing and birdwatching spot. The loch was traditionally a game loch with a large native brown trout population however there has been a dramatic decrease in numbers. Pike have been recorded in the loch for over 20 years and were illegally stocked. Pike have been used as an excuse for the demise of the trout, however anglers have been removing large numbers of trout due to no bag limit or permit system being in place.
Anagach Woods are a beautiful natural Scots pinewood, the haunt of the Capercaillie. There are several waymarked trails through the woods; one route is longer and takes in part of the River Spey as well as the woods themselves. Park in the centre of Grantown-on-Spey. Take the turning off the east side of the main street, opposite the Co-op; it is signed for Speyside Way, River Spey and Anagach woods. Follow this road past the fire station and keep straight on at the staggered cross-roads. The road runs alongside the golf course before reaching a parking area for the woods with an information sign.
Anagach Wood
Anagach Woods are a beautiful natural Scots pinewood, the haunt of the Capercaillie. There are several waymarked trails through the woods; one route is longer and takes in part of the River Spey as well as the woods themselves. Park in the centre of Grantown-on-Spey. Take the turning off the east side of the main street, opposite the Co-op; it is signed for Speyside Way, River Spey and Anagach woods. Follow this road past the fire station and keep straight on at the staggered cross-roads. The road runs alongside the golf course before reaching a parking area for the woods with an information sign.
The Speyside Visitor Centre provides all the information that visitor need to enjoy their stay on Speyside, whether visiting whisky distilleries or enjoying the landscapes as well videos and displays about local history and wildlife. Speyside Visitor Centre is situated on the Speyside Way beside the River Spey and is close to the centre of the town of Aberlour. It is housed in the Old Station Building in the town. Geographically, Aberlour is in the heart of Speyside and is the gateway from the west to Speyside. We provide information on the famous whisky distillleries of Speyside and other visitor attractions, on the Speyside Way, and on local walks and other activities. We also provide information on accommodation and local transport services, and we have local souvenirs for sale. In addition to the provision of information, we also have exhibitions, videos and displays about Speyside for the enjoyment of visitors. We have free public internet access. There is car parking, toilets, shops and local amenities nearby. The Speyside Visitor Centre is hosted by volunteers, trained to World Host status, who have a wealth of local knowledge and experience which they are pleased to share with visitors.
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Speyside Way Visitor Center
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The Speyside Visitor Centre provides all the information that visitor need to enjoy their stay on Speyside, whether visiting whisky distilleries or enjoying the landscapes as well videos and displays about local history and wildlife. Speyside Visitor Centre is situated on the Speyside Way beside the River Spey and is close to the centre of the town of Aberlour. It is housed in the Old Station Building in the town. Geographically, Aberlour is in the heart of Speyside and is the gateway from the west to Speyside. We provide information on the famous whisky distillleries of Speyside and other visitor attractions, on the Speyside Way, and on local walks and other activities. We also provide information on accommodation and local transport services, and we have local souvenirs for sale. In addition to the provision of information, we also have exhibitions, videos and displays about Speyside for the enjoyment of visitors. We have free public internet access. There is car parking, toilets, shops and local amenities nearby. The Speyside Visitor Centre is hosted by volunteers, trained to World Host status, who have a wealth of local knowledge and experience which they are pleased to share with visitors.
Distilleries
Speyside is whisky heaven! By far the largest (by number of distilleries) and arguably the most famous of Scotland's whisky regions, this breathtaking area sits in a fertile valley of rivers and secluded glens and is home to over half of Scotland's distilleries. Speyside is arguably the driest and warmest part of Scotland and the fertile farmlands in and around the region are ideal for growing barley, which when combined with soft local water tumbling down off the mountains, produces some of Scotland's best-loved malt whiskies. Sample the remarkable flavours of Speyside's fine malts as you explore the region, and follow the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail™ - the world's ultimate Scotch whisky experience - comprising of nine 'must-visit' sites including seven working distilleries, Dallas Dhu historic distillery and the Speyside Cooperage - the only working cooperage in the UK.
Built in 1958, Tormore was one of the first new distilleries to appear during the post-World War II Scotch boom. The beauty and uniqueness of its architectural design were recognized in 1986 when the distillery was granted listed building status, despite being less than 30 years old. Tormore Distillery was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Albert Richardson.
 Sir Albert Richardson (1880-1964) was one of the leading architects of his time in Britain, and was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He was known for his architectural style which combines neoclassicism with modernism. This style is apparent in the design of the Tormore Distillery where the traditional stone balconies and the copper roof, which has gradually weathered to a deep green colour, sit alongside clean, sharp edges and minimalist gardens. Tormore Distillery is also home to some architectural quirks, in particular, a clock that plays four different Scottish songs every quarter of an hour.
Tormore Distillery
Built in 1958, Tormore was one of the first new distilleries to appear during the post-World War II Scotch boom. The beauty and uniqueness of its architectural design were recognized in 1986 when the distillery was granted listed building status, despite being less than 30 years old. Tormore Distillery was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Albert Richardson.
 Sir Albert Richardson (1880-1964) was one of the leading architects of his time in Britain, and was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He was known for his architectural style which combines neoclassicism with modernism. This style is apparent in the design of the Tormore Distillery where the traditional stone balconies and the copper roof, which has gradually weathered to a deep green colour, sit alongside clean, sharp edges and minimalist gardens. Tormore Distillery is also home to some architectural quirks, in particular, a clock that plays four different Scottish songs every quarter of an hour.
Cragganmore distillery, on the banks of the river Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the Speyside region. A range of tours is available. While you're there take a walk along the old Great North of Scotland Railway track, either left towards Advie (and Spey Cottage!) or right towards Tamdhu and Knockando Distilleries, crossing Ballindalloch Railway Bridge.
Cragganmore
Cragganmore distillery, on the banks of the river Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the Speyside region. A range of tours is available. While you're there take a walk along the old Great North of Scotland Railway track, either left towards Advie (and Spey Cottage!) or right towards Tamdhu and Knockando Distilleries, crossing Ballindalloch Railway Bridge.
Nestled deep in the beautiful Spey valley, Ballindalloch Castle has been the home of the Macpherson-Grant family since 1546. Indeed, Guy Macpherson-Grant is the 23rd generation of his family to live at the Castle. Throughout those generations, this much loved Highland estate has upheld tradition while continuing to grow and look to the future. The latest addition to the range of activities is offered at Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery. Returning the family to the distilling traditions of previous generations, Ballindalloch Distillery embraces an approach to whisky making rarely seen today. A visit to Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery is much more that just another distillery tour. Here you can become involved in the art of making whisky.
Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery
Nestled deep in the beautiful Spey valley, Ballindalloch Castle has been the home of the Macpherson-Grant family since 1546. Indeed, Guy Macpherson-Grant is the 23rd generation of his family to live at the Castle. Throughout those generations, this much loved Highland estate has upheld tradition while continuing to grow and look to the future. The latest addition to the range of activities is offered at Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery. Returning the family to the distilling traditions of previous generations, Ballindalloch Distillery embraces an approach to whisky making rarely seen today. A visit to Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery is much more that just another distillery tour. Here you can become involved in the art of making whisky.
For 20 years William Grant nurtured a dream to make the ‘best dram in the valley’. With the help of his family, he finally achieved that vision. In the summer of 1886, with his seven sons and two daughters by his side, William set out to fulfil a lifelong ambition. Together they began building his Distillery by hand, stone by stone. After a single year of work it was ready and William named it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer. William’s passion, determination and pioneering spirit continues to guide us today. Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and is now the World's Most Awarded Single Malt* Scotch Whisky, a true reflection of our founder’s innovative nature, passed down through the generations. When you visit, you’ll discover tall copper tuns, great wooden washbacks and stone-walled warehouses filled with earthy, aged aromas. We are proud to be one of the last independent distilleries in Scotland, with the freedom to maintain our tradition of innovation with a pioneering spirit.
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Glenfiddich Distillery
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For 20 years William Grant nurtured a dream to make the ‘best dram in the valley’. With the help of his family, he finally achieved that vision. In the summer of 1886, with his seven sons and two daughters by his side, William set out to fulfil a lifelong ambition. Together they began building his Distillery by hand, stone by stone. After a single year of work it was ready and William named it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer. William’s passion, determination and pioneering spirit continues to guide us today. Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and is now the World's Most Awarded Single Malt* Scotch Whisky, a true reflection of our founder’s innovative nature, passed down through the generations. When you visit, you’ll discover tall copper tuns, great wooden washbacks and stone-walled warehouses filled with earthy, aged aromas. We are proud to be one of the last independent distilleries in Scotland, with the freedom to maintain our tradition of innovation with a pioneering spirit.
Originally established in 1786, Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Located in the Speyside region, it was the first distillery owned by the Chivas Brothers and to this day, Strathisla Single Malt is at the heart of each and every Chivas Regal blend. Spend an hour (or three) in expert yet relaxed company discovering everything there is to know about Strathisla, the ancient craft of distilling spirits, and the rare skill behind our blends.
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Strathisla Distillery
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Originally established in 1786, Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Located in the Speyside region, it was the first distillery owned by the Chivas Brothers and to this day, Strathisla Single Malt is at the heart of each and every Chivas Regal blend. Spend an hour (or three) in expert yet relaxed company discovering everything there is to know about Strathisla, the ancient craft of distilling spirits, and the rare skill behind our blends.
Glenfarclas was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to open a dedicated visitor centre in 1973. We still pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome. We have a range of tours to appeal to everyone from those new to whisky, to the dedicated enthusiast. “We invite you to visit our truly independent distillery and discover our renowned Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky” John L. S. Grant.
Glenfarclas Distillery
Glenfarclas was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to open a dedicated visitor centre in 1973. We still pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome. We have a range of tours to appeal to everyone from those new to whisky, to the dedicated enthusiast. “We invite you to visit our truly independent distillery and discover our renowned Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky” John L. S. Grant.
Join one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides to learn about the foundation stones that underpin the character of The Macallan and how we create The Macallan's rich spirit; from the strong sense of place at the heart of The Macallan estate to our long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky. After discovering how our unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colours, aromas and flavours that set The Macallan apart, you will experience a nosing and tasting of some carefully selected Macallan whiskies - as well as their very foundation, our wonderfully rich new make spirit.
The Macallan Visitor Experience
Join one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides to learn about the foundation stones that underpin the character of The Macallan and how we create The Macallan's rich spirit; from the strong sense of place at the heart of The Macallan estate to our long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky. After discovering how our unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colours, aromas and flavours that set The Macallan apart, you will experience a nosing and tasting of some carefully selected Macallan whiskies - as well as their very foundation, our wonderfully rich new make spirit.
Distillery founder John Duff travelled to Kentucky and South Africa in pursuit of whisky adventures, returning to Scotland in 1898 to build the BenRiach Distillery. It is in his adventurous spirit that BenRiach boldly approaches the art of distillation and cask maturation. We call it BenRiach Maltology® As progressive Speyside whisky distillers, BenRiach crafts unpeated, peated and triple distilled malt whisky and holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside. Small wonder the distillery team have nicknamed the distillery ‘The Lab’. We are one of just two remaining distilleries in Speyside to distill whisky using malted barley from its own onsite floor maltings, a time honoured method that is celebrated for one month each year. Welcome to BenRiach Maltology®
Benriach Distillery Co Ltd
Distillery founder John Duff travelled to Kentucky and South Africa in pursuit of whisky adventures, returning to Scotland in 1898 to build the BenRiach Distillery. It is in his adventurous spirit that BenRiach boldly approaches the art of distillation and cask maturation. We call it BenRiach Maltology® As progressive Speyside whisky distillers, BenRiach crafts unpeated, peated and triple distilled malt whisky and holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside. Small wonder the distillery team have nicknamed the distillery ‘The Lab’. We are one of just two remaining distilleries in Speyside to distill whisky using malted barley from its own onsite floor maltings, a time honoured method that is celebrated for one month each year. Welcome to BenRiach Maltology®
Benromach was established in 1898 and experienced many closures and changes of ownership before it was purchased by the Urquhart family, the owners of Gordon & MacPhail, in 1998. The family’s dream to own a classic Speyside distillery saw them re-equip the site before it was re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1998. At Benromach their Single Malt Scotch Whisky is handcrafted and made slowly, the time-honoured way. Using the finest natural ingredients 3 distillers orchestrate every second of the distillation process by sight, sound, touch and smell. A friendly tour guide will proudly show visitors the boby mill, mash tun, 4 wooden washbacks, 2 copper stills, spirit safe, filling room, dunnage warehouses before finishing the experience at the Visitor Centre, which is stocked with the full Benromach range and many mementoes. And, of course, you can enjoy a tutored tasting of the Benromach 10 Years Old, or other expressions from the award winning range.
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Benromach
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Benromach was established in 1898 and experienced many closures and changes of ownership before it was purchased by the Urquhart family, the owners of Gordon & MacPhail, in 1998. The family’s dream to own a classic Speyside distillery saw them re-equip the site before it was re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1998. At Benromach their Single Malt Scotch Whisky is handcrafted and made slowly, the time-honoured way. Using the finest natural ingredients 3 distillers orchestrate every second of the distillation process by sight, sound, touch and smell. A friendly tour guide will proudly show visitors the boby mill, mash tun, 4 wooden washbacks, 2 copper stills, spirit safe, filling room, dunnage warehouses before finishing the experience at the Visitor Centre, which is stocked with the full Benromach range and many mementoes. And, of course, you can enjoy a tutored tasting of the Benromach 10 Years Old, or other expressions from the award winning range.
Shopping
Plenty of choice for shopping...
A deceptively big supermarket in Grantown-on-Spey, open till 10pm every day.
Co-op Food - Grantown On Spey
4 The Square
A deceptively big supermarket in Grantown-on-Spey, open till 10pm every day.
Same distance as Grantown, slightly smaller, also open till 10pm every day.
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Co-op Food - Aberlour
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Same distance as Grantown, slightly smaller, also open till 10pm every day.
It is the range of produce that impresses at the Spey Larder. As the name would suggest, it is the perfect place to stock up on all the deli larder basics, both continental and local - Connads cheese is a favourite, as is Ola rapeseed oil. A large selection of locally-caught fish, artisan cheeses and pâté is stocked, as well as fantastic bread. It has a good selection of local real ale and local wines, as well as wines from more far-flung destinations. Open 0900-1730 except Sunday.
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The Spey Larder
96-98 High St
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It is the range of produce that impresses at the Spey Larder. As the name would suggest, it is the perfect place to stock up on all the deli larder basics, both continental and local - Connads cheese is a favourite, as is Ola rapeseed oil. A large selection of locally-caught fish, artisan cheeses and pâté is stocked, as well as fantastic bread. It has a good selection of local real ale and local wines, as well as wines from more far-flung destinations. Open 0900-1730 except Sunday.
Mortimer’s has been the foremost fishing tackle retailer in the Speyside area for over 50 years. We carry all the leading makes in rods, reels and all the other tackle you would require to prepare you for your first Salmon…or Brown Trout. Hire all your equipment plus a gillie or obtain your fishing permits for the Strathspey Angling Association waters here. We also stock a vast range of country clothing and footwear to cover all your outdoor needs and over the years have included Ladies wear from Tulchan, Alice Collins and others.
MORTIMERS
3 High St
Mortimer’s has been the foremost fishing tackle retailer in the Speyside area for over 50 years. We carry all the leading makes in rods, reels and all the other tackle you would require to prepare you for your first Salmon…or Brown Trout. Hire all your equipment plus a gillie or obtain your fishing permits for the Strathspey Angling Association waters here. We also stock a vast range of country clothing and footwear to cover all your outdoor needs and over the years have included Ladies wear from Tulchan, Alice Collins and others.
Old Style Curiosity Shop, An experiential retail outlet, encouraging browsers and time wasters. Out with the new and in with the old!!! An eclectic mix of household curios, musical instruments, antiques, vintage and vintage clothing.
Cornerhouse Curios
Old Style Curiosity Shop, An experiential retail outlet, encouraging browsers and time wasters. Out with the new and in with the old!!! An eclectic mix of household curios, musical instruments, antiques, vintage and vintage clothing.

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