Take A Visit To Beautiful Speyside
Scotland has a lot to offer when it comes to interesting and picturesque holiday destinations, and there is so much more to the country than simply Glasgow or Edinburgh. One such location, a location that we think is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, is Moray Speyside. Nestled between Cairngorms National Park and the Scottish Highlands, Speyside is a wonderful place that is gaining more and more popularity by the year.
If you are thinking about planning a Scottish getaway anytime in the near future, then here are a few reasons why you should consider Speyside as the perfect location.
Speyside accommodation options are rich and plentiful, with some of the very best establishments being:
Woodville Bed And Breakfast
Woodville offers quality B&B accommodation in a choice of three ensuite bedrooms, all of which are furnished to a high standard with luxurious, extremely comfortable beds.
The Mash Tun
The Mash Tun is situated on the banks of the famous River Spey in the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail in the village of Aberlour. The Mash Tun is currently owned and run by Mark & Karen Braidwood, both of whom have a real passion for good food and whisky. This is reflected in the locally sourced and well presented food that is offered by the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. You can also stay in one of the five whisky themed rooms situated above the bar area.
Situated beside the river Spey, Cragganmore House is perfectly placed for lovers of golf, whisky, fishing and the great outdoors. Explore local attractions like Ballindalloch Castle, Knockando Woolmill, the Strathspey Steam Railway and Johnstons Cashmere Visitors Centre. Having been used as a farmhouse and retirement home, Cragganmore House has been returned to how it may have looked when the founder of Cragganmore distillery, John Smith, had it as his family home.
Located on the Speyside Whisky Trail and close to Aviemore, Culdearn is a beautiful Victorian house, built in 1860, and once the home of the Earl of Seafield’s family. It has retained many of its original period features to provide a combination of Victorian elegance and modern facilities. There is a choice of six luxury en-suite bedrooms, a sophisticated drawing room for relaxing by the open fire in the evenings with, perhaps, a dram or two and a small, intimate restaurant which has many Awards including an outstanding wine list.
For more Speyside Accommodation visit the Private House Stays website.
Speyside Tourist Attractions
Of course, any good holiday needs a good set of attractions, and Speyside tourist attractions and up there with the best of them!
The Cairngorms National Park is a short distance from Speyside, and it is as absolute must see for all visitors and was recently voted as one of the top twenty places to visit in the entire world. From water sports to snow sports to wildlife watching to hiking and cycling, this wide stretch of stunning nature is unmissable. If you don’t know the name Aviemore, then that must be rectified. Aviemore is one of the most beautiful and special locations within the Cairngorms National Park.
If you want to take a charming tour around the immediate Moray Speyside area, then look no further than Moray Tours. These are small and flexible tours that can take your around Moray and other areas of the Scottish Highlands, for up to six persons (perfect for a large party staying in the Wee Blue House!). From malt whisky tasting to marine and wildlife trips, these tours can offer something to everyone.
Not only a library that serves literature to all of its neighbours, the Elgin Library is also a hub of activity within the community, complete with a cafe and shop, and visitors can enjoy small gallery installations from local artists. The library provides a charming and quaint look into the everyday culture of the Elgin and Speyside areas, complete with a hearty soup and bread roll lunch at the cafe!
If you want to get an immersive feel of the culture of Moray, then head down to Forres High Street every Saturday between the hours of 10am and 2pm. There, you will find a small scale food festival known as the Forres Feast, a locally organised pop up that features organically grown fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs. It is a wonderful showcase of that best produce that the area has to offer, and you will find yourself coming away with much more than you bargained for! Scottish produce is some of the best in the world.