The Farm Steading
Attractive Stone Built Barn - Aberlour, Scottish Highlands.
There's more than enough to keep you busy during your stay at The Farm Steading. The surrounding countryside is excellent for bird watching, woodland and hill walking. Aberlour is also a good base for skiing with the Lecht ski area being excellent for beginners and the renowned Cairngorm slopes offering challenging skiing for all abilities. There's a good selection of country shops and quality restaurants around the area.
In an area renowned for its Whisky, with numerous distilleries, the 70-mile long Malt Whisky Trail follows the River Spey through the northern foothills of the Grampians in Scotland. The area also holds a fun annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival each year. You can find out more about it here.
Aberlour Distillery is located on this famous trail and open to visitors.
Speyside Way by the River Spey is noted for salmon & trout fishing. The Spey is unusual in that it increases speed as it flows closer to the coast, making it the fastest flowing river in Scotland. The mouth of the river is very good for bird watching; you can see ospreys flying down to catch fish for their young when they are nesting at Boat of Garten. Fishing permits can be purchased in the village.
There are numerous excellent golf courses throughout Speyside, which are all open to guest players and suit all handicaps. Notable courses include Aviemore, Dufftown, Forres, Inverness, Ballindalloch and Elgin and for the dedicated golfer, Nairn. The Moray (Lossiemounth) and Royal Dornoch provide the opportunity for players to enjoy a particularly memorable round. Visitors may also play Grantown, Nethybridge, Carrbridge, Boat of Garten, Kingussie, Newtonmore and Craggan.
The Speyside Way, formerly the old railway line, makes walking a comfortable and rewarding pursuit of the Scottish highlands and trails of the River Spey. The way is very easy from Dufftown, through Craigellachie and Aberlour and passed Ballindalloch Castle, dating from 1546 but restored in 1850, to Glenlivet.
On the Aberdeen & Grampian Coastal Trail, the spectacular Bow Fiddle Rock at Portknockie is the village's most visited tourist attraction. Along this section of the Moray Firth the sea has carved prominent caves, arches and sea stacks in the steeply folded Cullen quartzite rocks. This is the same rock which forms the hill of the Bin of Cullen to the south of Portknockie.
There is an abundance of visitor attractions to visit such as Speyside Cooperage, in the heart of Speyside Malt Whisky Trail. It's the only working cooperage in the UK. Started in 1947, the Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. Owned by the French firm Tonnellerie François Frères since 2008
Still using traditional methods and tools, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries throughout Scotland and the rest of the world, each year. The Cooperage is the only cooperage in Britain with a visitor centre, where you can see the highly skilled coopers at work, try it for yourself with the mini casks or simply relax and enjoy the gift and coffee shop.
There's the award winning Speyside Heather Centre and the Landmark Forest Adventure Park.
We've got Baxters of Speyside who produce some of the UK's soups, preserves, condiments, beetroot & chutney. Walkers Shortbread are renowned for baking The World's Finest Shortbread since 1898. Scottish family bakers of pure butter shortbread, cakes & tarts, biscuits, oatcakes and more.
Ballindalloch Castle, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Scottish Baronial Castle and tourists flock from around the globe to visit this 'Pearl of the North'.
The North East 250 explores everything for which Scotland is famous in a unique road trip taking you through the whisky distilleries of Speyside, the spectacular mountain passes of the Cairngorms National Park, the famous castles of Royal Deeside, the Granite City of Aberdeen, the rugged North Sea coastline to the east, and the picturesque seaside villages of the Moray Firth Coast. Visit the website.
There's also the North Coast 500. The ultimate road trip with the new scenic route showcasing fairy-tale castles, white sand beaches and historical ruins. Visit the website.
Boat of Garten Steam Railway. The Strathspey Railway invites you to step aboard our trains this year and help celebrate forty years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland. Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew , carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travels along the track. Visit the website.
'A real gem of a cottage. More cottage homely than our own home. Very helpful host. About 5 minutes walk to the Spey River and the same for the Aberlour Distillery'