Speyside Self Catering
Speyside, like the rest of the Scottish Highlands, is a year round destination. What usually springs to mind first is the Whisky trail as over half of Scotland’s Malt Whisky distilleries are within a 28 mile radius in Speyside. There is a lot more on offer than just a ‘dram’…
Self Catering Accommodation in Speyside
With over 50% of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries located within a 28 mile radius it should come as no surprise that Speyside is known as whisky country.
Nestling in the north east Highlands and stretching inland from the Moray coastline, Speyside’s other distinguishing feature is, of course, the River Spey itself, a salmon river known the world over.
Naturally, these twin attractions, whisky and salmon, have brought visitors to Speyside for centuries. And today is no exception.
Gael Holiday Homes have hand picked a selection of self catering cottages and log cabins that will enthral and delight the visitor, whether it be to fish the famous river or venture forth on the Whisky Trail.
At 107 miles long, the River Spey is Scotland second longest river. It is the fastest flowing river gaining its momentum from its starting point by rising over 1000 feet (300 metres) before crashing downward through Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore before flowing the remaining 60 miles north east to the sea, draining into the Moray Firth.
This majestic natural feature has unequivocally shaped the landscape and economy of the Speyside region.
There have been whisky distilleries alongside the river for centuries, combining its crystal clear mountain waters with locally grown barley to produce Scotland’s national drink, Scotch Whisky. An industry today worth £3 billion and providing some 41,000 jobs, whisky making is big business.
But the distilleries are diversifying into the growing whisky tourism market. Today virtually every whisky distillery has a visitor centre and is geared up to provide a first class visitor experience for those interested in the fascinating history and magic behind what is arguably the world’s most famous tipple.
The Whisky Trail is literally that. For no two distilleries are the same. Each produces distinctive flavours, blends and single malt whisky. Regardless of your personal preferences, the whisky trail makes for a cracking day out for the whole family to learn a little of the ancient and noble art of whisky distilling. Get here during May 3-7 and you can take part in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, a four day extravaganza of whisky, food, music, heritage and culture.
While whisky dominates the business landscape, the River Spey also supports a healthy salmon fishing industry as well. Anglers the world over have heard of the River Spey and its unrivalled salmon and trout fishing. Indeed, the river has even spawned its own trademark form of fly fishing whereby the angler uses a double-handed fly rod to cast a ‘Spey cast’. This is a cast that ensures the fly and line does not travel behind the angler and becomes snagged on bushes and trees lining the banks.
Like the rest of the Highlands, Speyside is a year round holiday destination. You can enjoy the distilleries, the stunning Speyside scenery and the river at any time of the year. There are a host of visitor attractions to suit all ages and there is a 12 month programme of events to take part in. And that’s before you take into account such globally known brands as Baxters of Speyside and Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere that welcome visitors. There’s more to whisky country than you may imagine.
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