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Moray and North East Scotland

The North East of Scotland is one of the UK’s hidden gems.  Running from the foothills of the Cairngorms up to the fishing port of Fraserburgh,  the area has a wealth of spectacular scenery,  historical castles,  quaint fishing villages,  wildlife, archaeology,  whisky distilleries,  salmon fishing and outstanding golf courses.

The Moray Firth coastline is one of the driest and sunniest parts of the UK - and being so far north,  the summer days are that little bit longer!  

Below is just a snapshot of activities available locally - if we can help you with further information just let us know.

Castles & Gardens

They say that you are never far from a castle in Scotland and this area has plenty to visit.  From the dramatic cliff top  ruins of Findlater castle just  5 minutes drive away to the fairytale grandeur of  Ballindalloch  only 40 minutes drive.  Scotland’s Castle Trail  guides you to 16 distinctive castles in the locality whilst Castle Explorer has information on many others.  


There are also some wonderful gardens to visit including those at Leith Hall, Brodie Castle, Pitmedden, and Drum Castle - see here for further details


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All the large and small pink markers indicate golf courses - as you zoom in on an area more will appear.

Wildlife

This area has a diverse range of wildlife habitats - from Troup Head with it’s gannets and other nesting seabirds, the waters of the Moray Firth which are home to bottlenosed dolphins and visiting whales  to the extensive woodland which hosts many of Britain’s rarer  creatures - pine martens, red squirrels, wildcats, capercaille and ospreys. Further information can be found at  the Speybay Wildlife Centre, Glenlivet Wildlife and Gemini Explorer

Ballindalloch castle

Distilleries


More than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries are in Speyside and the famous Malt Whisky Trail is on our doorstep. The majority of  distilleries are open to the public from early April to the end of October.  Because some of the essential maintenance work has to be done in summer when there is no risk of snow, some distilleries have a 2-3 week ‘silent’ period  during the summer  when you can still take a tour but there is no production taking place. We visited Strathisla once during this period and  still found it fascinating - and of course you still get a wee dram!  Another ‘must-see’ is the Speyside Cooperage  where you can watch whisky casks being built and repaired along with  an excellent exhibition on the history and craft of coopering.

Golf


The North East corner of Scotland is, quite simply, a golfers paradise.

There are over 50 golf courses within an hours drive from here - links, parkland and moorland/heathland.

A comprehensive list with further information on individual courses can be found here

Cullen golf course

Fishing


We don’t pretend to know much about fishing - and all we know about fish is how to cook them. However we do know  that fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout is a big thing around here.  The main rivers are the Deveron and the Spey but there are also several other rivers, fisheries, and lochs.  The following web sites should help you more than we can!


Fishing the Deveron     Fishpal - the Spey    visitscotland.com/fish    Fishingnet Moray

Speyside Cooperage

Glennfiddich stills

The village of Crovie

Gannets at Troup Head

Clava cairns near Inverness

Heritage


Apart from castles galore, there is a wealth of other historical and archaeological sites in the area.

The  Fishing Museum at Buckie and the Lighthouse Museum at Peterhead reflect the area’s more recent  maritime past.   Step back to  Jacobite times by visiting Fort George garrison or the emotive Culloden battlefield and visitor centre.  This area was also the Pictish heartland with numerous Pictish carved stones ( including the extraordinary 22’ tall Sueno’s Stone), Burghead promontory fort and Dunnideer hill fort.  Further back to the bronze age and neolithic  are the distinctive Clava cairns and recumbent stone circles  found only in this area.  We would be happy to help you plan an itinerary  of sites in the locality.

Walking


This area of Scotland has a wide variety of walks - from stunning coastal trails  (the Moray Coastal Trail ), old railway walks ( the Dava Way ), forestry paths ( Aberdeenshire Forestry ),  local shorter walks and rambles ( Walkingworld - Moray )  to more challenging long distance walking  ( the Speyside Way ).  Many of the surrounding towns and villages have good networks of footpaths - for example -  Cullen Paths and Keith .  We have plenty of books and maps to help you plan your walking and can help arrange drop-offs or pick-ups if required - just let us know.