Explore the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and world-renowned whisky distilleries of Ballindalloch, Glenlivet, and Knockando.

Nestled in the heart of Moray Speyside, these small towns offer a perfect blend of heritage, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. From the historic castles of Ballindalloch to the whisky trails of Glenlivet and Knockando, this region is filled with hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a whisky aficionado, our carefully curated three-day itinerary will guide you through the best that these enchanting towns have to offer.

(See the bottom of the itinerary for a list of accommodation and dining options)

Day 1 – Castles, Heritage and Much More in Ballindalloch

Start your day with a visit to Ballindalloch Castle, known as the ‘Pearl of the North.’ Explore the stunning gardens, take a tour of the castle, and learn about its fascinating history. Don’t forget to visit the castle’s tearoom for a delightful morning treat.

End your day with a couple of relaxing stolls. Firstly visit to Inveravon Parish Church, where you can see ancient Pictish stones. The current church was erected in 1806 and beautiful graveyard is both hauting and provides moments of relaxation. The pictish stones housed within the church date back to the 6th-8th century.

In the afternoon, head to Ballindalloch Distillery for a tour and tasting session. Discover the craftsmanship behind one of Speyside’s newer whiskies. Afterward, enjoy a round of golf at the scenic Ballindalloch Golf Course, designed to challenge and delight players of all skill levels.

For picturesque views and a serene atmosphere at the end of the day take a leisurely stroll to the historic Old Bridge of Avon.

Day 2 – A Great Day Out in Glenlivet

Begin your second day with a visit to the iconic Glenlivet Distillery. Take a guided tour, enjoy a tasting session, and learn about the distillery’s rich heritage. The stunning surroundings make it a perfect start to your day and there are a number of different tours for all budgets.

After your distillery tour, head to Drumin Castle, a 14th-century tower house offering insights into Scotland’s past. Then, visit the ruins of Blairfindy Castle, an atmospheric site that tells tales of the region’s history.

For a more active experience, explore the Glenlivet Estate by bike. The well-marked trails offer stunning views and a chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. Conclude your day with a visit to the Old Bridge of Livet, a charming historical packhorse bridge set in a picturesque landscape.

Day 3 – Wonderful Wanders in Knockando

Start your final day with a brief visit to Tamdhu Station, a historic site that sits on the Speyside Way. IT is a great secluded location to explore and picnic. The station is owned by Tamdhu Distillery which is just a bit further along the Speyside Way. The distillery is not open to the public but is open during the Spirit of Speyside Festival. Check the festival schedule for special events and tours.

Similarly to Tamdhu Station, Blacksboat Station sits a bit further along the Speyside Way and is another historic checkpoint whilst walking the long-distance walking trail.

Next, head to the Cardhu Distillery for a tour and tasting. Discover the story behind this renowned whisky and enjoy the scenic views from the distillery grounds. Experience the welcoming spirit of the Speyside home where premium whisky is crafted, with notes of ripe orchard fruits, fresh grass, and mellow cereal. Feel the heartfelt embrace of Cardhu, where the warmest of welcomes await. Cardhu Distillery thrived under the leadership of two pioneering women, Helen and Elizabeth Cumming. Celebrated for their determination, skill, generosity, and loyalty to the community, they forever shaped Cardhu as a whisky with heart.

End your trip with a visit to the Knockando Woolmill, a living museum where you can see traditional weaving techniques in action. Explore the mill’s historic buildings and learn about its significance in the local textile industry.

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