This historic and thriving Highlands community can be found just a mile or so from our site. Based around the unmissable and distinctive Clocktower, the town is home to a capable selection of takeaways, pubs and restaurants. Really comes alive during the Spirit of Speyside & Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival. Hogmanay here is a must! About 15 minutes walk from the site. Located at foot of Conval Hills on banks of the River Fiddich.
Also nearby: Elgin (25 mins), Grantown-on-Spey (20 mins), Aviemore (35 mins)1 mile
Moray and Aberdeenshire are home to an incredible range of castles and stately homes. Built in the 12th century this striking ruinous castle sits in a lofty positions among the northern glens of Dufftown. Open from April to October. Other castles in the area include Brodie and Cawdor Castles (40 mins away in Moray) and Haddo House and Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire (50 mins)
Also nearby: Giants Chair Walk, Fairy Well Walk (10 mins)1.5 mile
The worlds most popular malt whisky is produced right here in Dufftown. Tours of the distillery are run on a daily basis and take you on the sweetest of journeys from mash and copper tun to the highly favoured tasting room. Its a must-see attraction for experts and dabblers alike. Open all year round. Standard and extended tours available. 3 wee drams included in price of entry!
If you like walking and spectacular landscapes then you are going love your Speyside location. At a mighty 891 metres Ben Rinnes is just shy of being a munro - but what a sight youll see at the top: Aberdeenshire, the Moray Firth, the Black Isle. On a good day you will even be able to make out the mountains of Easter Ross in the Highlands. Check out the sister slopes of Ben Aigan in Craigellachie too.6 miles
The Moray Firth has a staggering 497 miles of coastline, from Fraserburgh on its eastern tip to Duncansby Head near John O' Groats in the north. Its bay is the largest in Scotland and is home to a stunning variety of marine life. Hillside Havens is close to the eastern area of the bay. Its here that the mighty River Spey empties into the Moray Firth and gives the bay its tantalising blend of marine and river life. The Aquarium is open all year round (except Thurs & Fri between November & March) and features a fab, fishy assortment of starfish, lobster, dogfish, ray and seahorse. There are daily talks, a gift shop and a terrific kelp reef exhibit where you can watch the divers feeding the fish.
Also nearby: Cullen Bay, Bow Fiddle Rock (seabirds), Portgordon (seals), Spey Bay (seals, dolphin & osprey), Museum of Scottish Lighthouses (Fraserburgh)30 mins
In and around the micro-site you will see everything from Roe Deer to Red Squirrel and even the occasional pinemarten. This wild and natural environment attracts some of the cutest and rarest visitors. Put an hour or two aside for a trip to the Osprey Centre at nearby Loch Garten (45 mins) and the wild and inspiring Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay (30 mins)
People tend to forget that the Highlands is respected as much for its long, stunning coastline as it is for its snow-capped mountains, and the jewel in Morays crown just has to be Lossiemouth with its golden sandy beaches and eye-catching sand dunes. This lively little fishing village can be found just a few miles north of Elgin and is home to a fine selection of waterside bars and eateries. A little further along the coast is Findhorn Bay with its views across Culbin Forest. Nearby Roseisle is quieter affair and offers a maze of forest trails and BBQ facilities.
Also nearby: Findhorn Bay (35 mins), Cullen (40 mins), Roseisle (30 mins), Portknockie (Bow Fiddle Rock - 35 mins)
This is a fantastic day out for the kids. Set in 30 acres of ancient Scottish pinewood in the Cairngorms National Park, Landmark has something for everyone: climbing walls, forest trails, wild water rides, rollercoaster and wee tots adventure city. You also have the Bamboozeleum, a mesmerising house of illusions, a butterfly house and fire tower a 70 feet high timber colossus with 360 degree views across the Cairngorms National Park. Located in the village of Carrbridge
Also nearby: Highland Wildlife Park, Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, CairnGorm Ski Centre & Funicular railway40 mins
Linn of Ruthrie, to give it its full name, is a turbulent and inspiring waterfall in nearby Aberlour. A trip to the falls is a great way of walking off lunch. Just park-up at Victoria Bridge and head across the small bridge over the Lour Burn. Aberlour Distillery is situated on the opposite side of the burn. This pretty little village has become something of a mecca for salmon fishers and following the Speyside Way provides a terrific riverside walk. There will be a steady flow of canoes and kayaks in Summer.
Also nearby: Victoria Suspension Bridge, Speyside Way and Aberlour Distillery.10 mins