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Heading south from Spey Bay takes you into the heart of Speyside. The River Spey is renowned worldwide amongst anglers for its pristine and varied waters making it excellent for salmon and trout fishing. Most estates offer day tickets so if you enjoy sitting in a beautiful riverscape, it might be an idea to book your spot.

Speyside is, of course, most famous for its malt whisky production; from the barley grown in the fields and the water from the rivers to the coopers, bottlers and retailers, this industry has shaped the landscape and its economy for over 250 years. The Malt Whisky Trail offers expert guidance to all there is to know about this most specialised of industries and how it has changed from illicit distilleries in heather-clad mountains to the unique boutique and global brands of today. We urge you to be responsible if you take part in tasting sessions at any of the distilleries and make use of our sponsored taxi firms to keep our roads safe.

There are numerous distilleries to visit on the NE250, some offering incredible architecture to boot. The Macallan Visitor Centre in Aberlour, with its innovative award-winning design, echoes the line of the landscape and is designed to blend into the scenery without making an obvious mark.

If you fancy stretching your legs, the Speyside Way begins at Buckie on the Moray Coast and continues all the way to Tomintoul in the heart of the Glenlivet Estate in The Cairngorm National Park. It takes you away from the speed of the NE250 but is, perhaps, a detour that keen walkers wouldn’t want to miss. The route offers the opportunity to view this iconic river from the banks, to see the changing environment and to wind down and along in sympathy with the water’s course. With walks in all categories from easy to strenuous and challenging, this unspoiled landscape is open to all.

If you end up in Tomintoul, you are right at the beginning of The Cairngorms leg of the NE250.

LISTINGS ON SPEYSIDE

Highland Defenders

Aviemore, UK
We hire Land Rover Defenders fitted with industry-leading hardshell roof tents and equipped with all the camping kit you’ll need for your Scottish road trip.

Speyside Wildlife

Speyside Wildlife, Ballieward, Grantown-on-Spey, UK
The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of our most iconic but elusive species of wildlife. Finding them in this vast and spectacular landscape can be a real challenge, especially if you have limited time or are unfamiliar with the area.

Granite Adventures

Kingswells, Aberdeen AB15 8QL, UK
A range of fantastic activities to get you out and enjoying the adventurous side of the NE250

OYO Eastbank Hotel

OYO Eastbank Hotel, Eastbank Hotel, 11-17 High St, Rothes, Aberlour AB38 7AU, United Kingdom
Situated on the Speyside Way, OYO Eastbank Hotel is perfect for access to all that the region has to offer.

Ballindalloch Single Malt Distillery

Ballindalloch AB37 9AA, UK
Nestled deep in the beautiful Spey valley, Ballindalloch Distillery embrace an approach to whisky making rarely seen today. Age old traditions and craftsmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies.

Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens

Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, Ballindalloch AB37 9AX, UK
Ballindalloch Castle has been the home of the Macpherson-Grants since the Sixteenth Century and today is one of the finest surviving examples of a classic Scottish baronial castle.

Aberlour Distillery

Aberlour Distillery Visitors Centre, Aberlour, UK
From its magical location alongside the River Spey, in the beautiful Speyside village of Aberlour, this small and intimate distillery holds a special place in the hearts of malt lovers.

Walkers Shortbread Aberlour

Walkers Shortbread Bakery Shop, High Street, Aberlour, UK
We are renowned across the world as a true Scottish classic, baking an extensive range of pure butter shortbread, cakes, tarts, biscuits, oatcakes, meringues and more using our founder’s original recipes.

Walkers Shortbread Factory Shop Aberlour

Walkers Shortbread Factory Shop, Aberlour, UK
We are renowned across the world as a true Scottish classic, baking an extensive range of pure butter shortbread, cakes, tarts, biscuits, oatcakes, meringues and more using our founder’s original recipes.

The Croft Inn

Glenlivet Ballindalloch AB37 9DP
Failte! Our wee Highland Inn offers you a taste of The Scottish Highlands and a warm welcome

Delnashaugh Hotel

The Delnashaugh Hotel Ballindalloch Banffshire AB37 9AS
Nestling within the wooded glens of Ballindalloch Castle in the heart of Speyside, our historic inn has for centuries provided hearty meals, refreshing ales and comfortable accommodation for locals and visitors to the Scottish Highlands alike.

Woodburn Cottage

www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/21183679
Traditional yet stylish highland cottage offering spacious accommodation amid glorious scenery and far reaching countryside views in the heart of Malt Whisky Country.

Balvenie Castle

Main Street Tomintoul AB37 9EX
Balvenie was built in the 13th century castle of enclosure with an impressive curtain wall, a rare example of 13th-century military architecture in Scotland.

Knockando Woolmill

Knockando AB38 7RP
A historic woolmill in the heart of Speyside with a visitors center and a coffeeshop.

4X4 Hire Scotland

89-91 Station Road, Newbridge, Edinburgh EH28 8QP, UK
4×4 Hire (Scotland) Ltd established in 2000 is a Bespoke, Prestige self-drive vehicle hire & chauffeur drive company.

Time Exposure Travel

5 Westfield Terrace, Aberdeen, UK
Time Exposure Travel offer both bespoke and pre-set tours around Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. From tours of historic castles and battlefields where you can explore the countries turbulent past, to a distillery tour where you can see where our famous drink is made and much more.

Northern HighLights Pass

North East Scotland
The Northern HighLights Pass is a one stop solution for discounted sightseeing when visiting N E Scotland providing excellent discounts at the “must see must do” attractions and activities. Available from late March 2020

Waterside Cottage – Glenlivet

Waterside Cottage, Glenlivet, Bridgend, Ballindalloch, AB37 9BT
Situated in the heart of Speyside on the North East 250 route and on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, Waterside Cottage is the perfect base for exploring many attractions the Highlands offers.

Cragganmore House

Cragganmore Ballindalloch Banffshire AB37 9AB
Cragganmore House is set in beautiful surroundings in the Cragganmore glen, and is perfectly situated for all your holiday plans, with castles, distilleries, golf courses, beautiful countryside walks and the NE250 drive all close by.

Highland Spirit Tours

88 Woodlands Drive, Lhanbryde, Elgin, UK
Tailor-made whisky tours of well known Speyside distilleries such as Glenlivet, Macallan and Aberlour as well as less familiar distilleries such as Benromach, Ballindalloch and Cragganmore.

The Dowans Hotel

Dowans Road, Aberlour, Moray AB38 9LS, UK
Family run boutique Scottish hotel on Speyside overlooking the village of Aberlour and at the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail.

Aberlour Hotel

The Aberlour Hotel, High Street, Aberlour, UK
Aberlour has a mile long High Street and an attractive square and village green. Situated right in the centre of the village is The Aberlour Hotel.

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