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Local Attractions

This area of Scotland has always been popular for Salmon fishing on the River Spey and Craigellachie is increasingly known as an important stopping off point on the Speyside Way. This is the 65 mile long Long Distance Path from Buckie in the north to Aviemore in the South. The Speyside Way can be easily accessed from the house, and the River Spey is just a five minutes walk. You are also near the Cairngorm Mountains which offer hill walking and skiing.

Local wildlife abounds locally but there is also the Osprey Centre at Boat of Garten or why not get in touch with Speyside Wildlife who can organise tailor made day trips to track deer or see a Golden Eagle.

Birchbank House is at the foot of Ben Aigan, the sumit of which offers spectacular views to the Moray Firth and north to the Sutherland hills.  The Ben Aigan Hammer is one of the Monster Moray Mountain Bike trails and the longest  in this forest, with what is arguably the longest unbroken section of purpose built single track in Scotland. Measuring 6.7kms, it loops around the hill, climbing up and dropping down by way of series of sometimes dramatic undulations. There are also lots of drop-offs, jumps and table tops as well as great views across the Spey Valley.






The Dufftown Tourist railway is only 15 minutes by car and the wonderful Moray coast with beautiful beaches and villages is approximately 30 minutes away.

Nearby golf courses include Elgin, Rothes,
Dufftown, Lossiemouth, Ballindalloch (9 holes), the championship course at Nairn.

The Spey Valley also boasts innumerable distilleries with the Malt Whisky Trail another popular attraction. Distilleries of international renown are The Macallan and Glenfiddich Distillery at Dufftown, within 5 miles of the house. Both have a visitors’ centre and sampling service!

Aberlour is also the home to Walkers Shortbread and has an excellent outlet shop by the factory as well as the bakery in the High Street

More local attractions listed here and click here for information about local pubs & restaurants