Out and about in Speyside
This page offers a quick guide to Speyside and its surrounds: where to go, what to see. It's only a taster of what's on offer and we recommend you visit the websites we've sited and/or check out some of the many excellent printed tour guides available.
From gentle woodland tracks to the purpose built Glenlivet bike trails with its red-routs and jumps, Speyside has a national reputation for mountain biking.
Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge. An Eco friendly adventure park on the edge of the Cairngorms
The play area at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course, our local Championship standard golf course, designed by internationally recognized golf course architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, is on our doorstep.
North 58° Sea Adventure. Running regular wildlife excursions upon the Moray Firth leaving from Findhorn Bay.
WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay. One of the best places to visit in the UK for dolphin watching.
Walking, Climbing and Cycling:
Cairngorms National Park. The largest national park in the UK.
Dava Way. A gently graded twenty four mile footpath following the course of the old Highland Railway.
Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails. Purpose built mountain bike trails through spectacular scenery with bike hire and café.
Moray Coastal Trail. Fifty mile footpath skirting the Moray Firth along cliff paths, quiet roads and old railway lines.
Speyside Way. One of four official 'Long Distance Routes' in Scotland, follows the course of the River Spey.
Kids Adventure Parks:
Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge. Eco friendly adventure park on the edge of the Cairngorms. Suitable for kids of all ages and adventurous adults.
The Loft, Kinloss. Lots of outdoor activities including quad biking, laser tag, grass sledging, zip wire and more.
History and Heritage:
Ballindalloch Castle. Over five hundred years of Highland history is waiting to be discovered. There is the 16th Century baronial castle a mile-and-a-half of formal gardens, woodlands and riverside walks to explore. Younger visitors can enjoy the mini-play park and get to meet the alpacas and the lamas. More senior visitors will appreciate the homely surrounds of the Castle Tearoom, serving delicious lunches and teas, and the Castle Shop, which has a good selection of Highland gifts and souvenirs, along with traditional clothing and books of local interest.
Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre. The site of the last battle fought on British soil. Take a tour of the historic site and discover the events surrounding the battle at the impressive new visitor centre and exciting interactive exhibition.
Fort George. The mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, built following the 1746 defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden. Includes a cafe and regimental museum telling the story of the Highland Regiments from just after the Battle of Culloden to the present day.
Knockando Woolmill. The oldest working district mill in Northern Europe, dating back to 1754, and now beautifully preserved thanks to a multi-million pound restoration. There's a shop selling the Woolmill's own tartan wares, a pleasing garden cafe and a colourful garden featuring a working waterwheel.
Ballindalloch Estate. Fishing beats on the River Spey and River Avon let by the week together with the services of an Estate ghillie. Stalking and shoots also available on the Estate, including red deer, roe deer, pheasants and grouse.
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course. Play a challenging round of nine or eighteen holes on our local Championship standard golf course designed by internationally recognized golf course architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie.
Castle Stuart Golf Links. Located just east of Inverness this three times host of the Scottish Open is listed in Golf Magazines top 100 golf courses.
Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club. Situated in the Cairngorms National Park and designed by Willie Park, this 18 hole course measures 5710 yards with a par of 70 and standard scratch score of 68.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club. Belonging to the 'Great Links Collection', this is a challenging 18 hole championship course with gorse lined fairways.
The Nairn Golf Club. Ranked number 9 in the list of Top 100 Courses in Scotland 2014 and previous host of the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup.
Speyside can rightly claim to be the 'whisky capital' of Scotland. Over half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries are located here in Speyside and nine distilleries are included in the famous 'Moray Whisky Trail' with Ballindalloch Distillery just a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The distilleries listed below have visitors centres and offer tours and nosing and tastings though some such as Ballindalloch are via appointment only so it is always best to check in advance of your visit.
Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery
The Glenlivet Distillery
The Macallan Visitor Centre