The Craigellachie Lodge really is a great place to stay to explore beautiful Speyside. There is so much to see and do and being based in picturesque Craigellachie means it’s all on your door step.
If you do not want to venture too far from the Lodge, the village is only a short 2 minute walk away and the famous 200 year old Telford designed Craigellachie Bridge, spanning the River Spey, is a 10 minute walk away.
Malt Whisky Trail
If Scotland’s favourite drink brings you to Speyside then our location in Craigellachie is hard to be beaten. Speyside truly is Malt Whisky Country being home to over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries hidden within the rolling hills.
The world famous Malt Whisky Trail features 7 working distilleries and a fantastic cooperage where the casks are made. The trail covers a number of distilleries of varying ilk and tradition which provides a unique experience. For further information on the trail visit www.maltwhiskytrail.com.
The Speyside Cooperage is located within Craigellachie and is now the only working cooperage in the UK where you can see the highly skilled coopers at work priding themselves on the ancient art of coopering (making casks). This 5-star Scottish Tourist Board attraction offers tours around the factory showing the history and traditions plus a hands-on experience if you fancy. Tour times and visit centre information can be found at www.speysidecooperage.co.uk.
After touring around the area taking in some of the world’s best known distilleries, Craigellachie boasts a few of the equally famous whisky bars where you can sample a huge selection of whiskies, all within stumbling distance of the Craigellachie Lodge.
River Spey Fishing
The River Spey is one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Scotland and is world renowned for keen fisherman who return to the beats along the Spey year after year. The season runs from March to September with high quality fishing huts and ghillies available to enhance the fishing experience.
Visit www.fishpal.com for further information and to enquire about booking your preferred beat.
Moray Monster Trails run between Fochabers and Craigellachie and links a network of mountain bike routes with various grades. Spanning across the three forests, Whiteash, Ordequish and Ben Aigan, there is a total of 28km trails, with 20km being single track. Due to the various grades available the trails are rideable for a range of abilities with great views across the Spey Valley and plenty drop-offs, jumps and table tops for the experienced rider. For more details on the trail network visit www.scotlandmountainbike.co.uk.
The Glenlivet Estate mountain bike trails are purpose built for riders of all levels to enjoy the beautiful cross country views which is located within the famed illicit whisky distilling country. There are two distinct trails, blue and red, where the blue 9km trail is designed for novices and the red 22km trail caters for experienced bikers. The latter climbs up to the summit of Carn Diamh, 1866ft above sea level, with fantastic views of the Cairngorms. For more details on the trails and on-site facilities visit www.glenlivetestate.co.uk.
There are too many castles within the surrounding area to mention, however visit www.scotland.com/castles/ to find your favourite.
Our recommendations within close proximity to Craigellachie are Balvenie Castle and Ballindalloch Castle.
Balvenie Castle is perched above the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries and boasts fantastic views. Built in the 13th century, formally known as Mortlach Castle, the ruin has a very interesting history and architecture.
The Ballindalloch Castle is home of the only Lady Laird in Scotland and has been lived in by its original family since 1546. The Castle is set in beautiful surroundings offering various tours inside the stunning building, full of family memorabilia and antiques as well as walks around the impressive gardens.
There are numerous fantastic walks for all levels located around the area. One of the most popular being the Speyside Way which passes through Craigellachie as part of the Buckie to Aviemore, 65 mile route. The trail takes you from the Moray Coast, with its award winning beaches and fishing villages through the valley of the River Spey and finishes in the heart of the breathtaking highlands.
If you do not have the time or energy to go the full 65 mile distance, Craigellachie is ideally positioned to allow sections of the trail to be enjoyed such as Craigellachie to Ballindalloch, along the disused Strathspey railway, and Craigellachie to Fochabers which climbs over the shoulder of Ben Aigen.
To investigate the Speyside Way in more details visit www.speysideway.org.
Exploring Speyside – Excusrions from Craigellachie Lodge
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