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About Speyside

(The Speyside area does not have universally recognized boundaries and the area in which I mostly operate is probably more accurately called Lower Speyside, covering the Spey from Grantown on Spey north to the Moray Firth.  Apologies to anyone in Upper Speyside, which I haven’t yet had time to explore nearly enough, a situation I hope to rectify as time permits!  The descriptions below therefore refer to “my patch” of Lower Speyside.)

The River Spey, which gives Speyside its name, is the second longest and fastest flowing river in Scotland, attracting salmon fishers from all over the world.

Speyside’s other major contribution to the world is Malt Whisky, with more than 50% of Scotland’s Single Malts coming from this area, including Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet and Macallan.

Other local attractions include castles, both lived in and ruined, including Auchindoun Castle and Balvenie Castle, both near Dufftown and Ballindalloch Castle.

Although not containing any Munros, Speyside does have the very imposing presence of Ben Rinnes (840m,2775ft), along with the Convals and Ben Aigan and many other hills which are well worth exploring.

The Speyside Way is a long distance footpath which uses the old railway track for much of its length.

The principal towns and villages in the area include Aberlour, Craigellachie, Dufftown and Rothes, along with the larger towns of Keith and Elgin nearby.
 

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