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SPORTS and ACTIVITIES

WALKING

Speyside Way (total distance 84 miles), the officially designated Long Distance Route linking Buckie on the Moray Coast with Aviemore in Strathspey, with spurs to Dufftown and Tomintoul. Easy, low ground walking (a mixture of seashore, river valley, old railway and moorland), it is clearly marked throughout with the national LDR Logo - (thistle in a hexagon). The Tomintoul Spur climbs twice to 1800ft and to very exposed locations. Walkers must ensure they carry suitable clothing for all weather conditions. Why not stay for 2 nights if you plan to do the Tomintoul Spur - transport ,via taxi, can be arranged by Maureen and Robin who will also arrange  luggage transfer to Grantown or Craigallachie.

Glenlivet Estate - There is a variety of waymarked walking trails for your enjoyment, from gentle short strolls to longer hill walks plus a number of historic hill tracks and 'whisky roads'.

Walkhighlands - This website gives details of a number of walking routes in the Moray area and the Highlands of Scotland.

Hillwalk Scotland - Self-Guided Hiking Tours of Scotland - they will organise everything for you, so you just relax and enjoy yourself! Just tell Hillwalk what you want, when you’d like to start and finish and how far you wish to hike each day and they sort out all the details including transferring your bags, telling you all about Scottish history/folklore and showing you where to find the tastiest food and the best whisky.
Woodville is a Bed and Breakfast in Scotland supporting Walkhighlands - click here to go to their website for walks information and accommodation
Click here to learn more about Hillwalk Scotland

GOLF

Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course - open to all, it nestles amidst mature trees on the banks of the River Avon with magnificent views: 9 Championship quality greens; 18 tees; 6417 yards Par 72, so it is challenging for all golfers. Ask Robin about reserving a tee time or 'pitch up' early and use the practice area and driving nets. The Clubhouse has changing facilities, light refreshments, club and trolley hire. Other courses nearby: Dufftown, Grantown on Spey, Boat of Garten.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Speyside Way - Cyclists can go between Fochabers and Ballindalloch, Craigaellachie and Dufftown and Nethy Bridge and Aviemore. Cycles are available for hire in Aberlour.

Wolftrax at Laggan (50 miles away) - for organised cycle tracks covering nearly 18km of routes through Strathmashie Forest. Car parking and use of the trails is free.

Bike@Glenlivet - fabulous purpose-built trails at the heart of the Glenlivet Estate. The Blue Trail, a fun packed friendly 9km route, is perfect for novice to intermediates whereas the Red Trail of 22km, offers thrills a plenty for the experience rider. On site facilities: cafe, car park, toilets, bike hire (when cafe open), information area, bike spares for sale, bike wash, picnic area.

FISHING
Can be arranged on the River Spey, famous for the best Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing in Scotland, and on the Avon and the Livet. Day licences for Grantown and Boat of Garten beats are available from Strathspey Estate. Licences and tackle hire/sales are available from the fishing shop in Grantown-on-Spey. Loch fishing is available at Loch Belivat at Brodie Estate, at Lochindorb on the Logie Estate and at Rothiemurchus. Fishing for familes is available near Glenlivet on well stocked Rainbow Trout ponds. If you are looking for a fishing holiday, instruction, casting tuition or guided fishing visit Ian Gordon's website. Whatever your requirements, please ask Robin.

SHOOTING & CLAY SHOOTING
Game Shooting (during season Oct-Jan) approx £150 per day for walked up shooting; Stalking - approx £100 per day for Roe Deer - both must be prebooked with Robin. Clay Shooting at the Dell, Glenlivet - approx £10 for 25 clays plus tuition if required or at Rothiemurchus where again full instruction and equipment is available. Whatever your requirements, please ask Robin.

QUAD BIKE TREKKING
An exhilerating, fun experience led by a fully experienced guide, your quad bike trek will take you along a stunning network of tracks and trails around Rothiemurchus. You may catch sight of the Estate's herd of long horned Highland cattle or perhaps wild deer and other local wildlife. Each trek lasts around one hour and commences with a full safety briefing and training.

PONY TREKKING
Go horse riding at Tomintoul Riding Centre and enjoy the wide open spaces and spectacular scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains and Glenlivet Estate. Take a 1hr, half-day trek or day-long trail ride along traffic-free forest tracks, hill paths and open moorland. You will be accompanied by an experienced, friendly guide who will ensure your ride is both safe and enjoyable. There are horses to suit everyone, all of which are equally experienced and friendly!

WATER SPORTS

Loch Insh offers - sail and paddle sports, raft building, fishing, rowing, pedalo’s - equipment hire and tuition available.

Loch Morlich located at the foot of the Cairngorms, provides not only a wonderful backdrop but an ideal site for you to enjoy a wide range of watersport activities- equipment hire and tuition available.

EXTREME SPORTS
G2 Outdoor - based in Aviemore are ideally placed to access a wide range of outdoor family activities. Their highly experienced team of outdoor instructors cater for all ages and their activity range includes white water rafting, mini rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hill walking, rock climbing, mountain biking, gorge walking, canyoning, Telemark & alpine skiing.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY CENTRE
Craggan Outdoors - an AALA licensed, Adventuremark and Learning Outside the Classroom accredited outdoor activity centre, based in Grantown on Spey in the Cairngorms. Activities include archery, art and creativity, clay pigeon shooting, climbing (indoor wall and outside rock crags), golf, gorge walking, high ropes, kayaking, massage, mini-quads, mountain biking, paintball, pony trekking, raft building, River Spey canoe trips, team problem-solving, white water rafting, yoga and a zip wire.
WILDLIFE

RSPB LOCH GARTEN OSPREY CENTRE

The Osprey Centre, situated at Boat of Garten near Aviemore, will be of interest to adults and children alike.

The Ospreys arrive in April and return to West Africa in September. See the Ospreys on their nests and feeding their young via CCTV.

WILDLIFE WATCHING
Bottlenose Dolphins are the real stars along the Moray Firth coastline or visit an exclusive hide near Aviemore and see Pine Martens and Badgers organised through Speyside Wildlife, or enjoy a Safari by foot or by Land Rover on Rothiemurchus. This area is blessed with an abundance of speciality birds including Capercaillie, Golden Eagle, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Ptarmigan, Slavonian Grebe and whilst you are out and about you may also see Red or Roe Deer as well as those elusive mammals Pine Marten and Badger. Red Squirrels regularly visit the garden at Woodville - click here to see some photos taken by Robin.

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
THE MALT WHISKY TRAIL

Woodville is situated on The Malt Whisky Trail with our local distillery, Cragganmore just 1 mile away.

Within a 10-mile radius you will also find Glenfarclas, The GlenLivet, The Macallan and Cardhu to name but a few.

CRAGGANMORE DISTILLERY  

Cragganmore distillery, on the banks of the river Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the Speyside region. In 1869, Big John Smith – said to have been the most experienced distiller of his day – founded Cragganmore. He lobbied for a railway siding, and using this, his business acumen and skill as a distiller, turned Cragganmore into a popular, high-quality single malt whisky.

Distillery tours and tastings available to book online.

CASTLES
 

Ballindalloch Castle is first and foremost a much loved family home, and is one of the very few privately owned castles in Scotland to have been lived in continuously by its original family. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, which are a delight and there is a river walk by the Spey. Please note the Castle and grounds are closed to the public on Saturdays.

Cawdor Castle, located 12 miles east of Inverness, is a splendid house set in wooded grounds and still home to the Cawdor family. Dating from the late 14th century it was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and the ancient medieval tower was built around the legendary holly-tree. There are three gardens to enjoy as well as a restaurant and several shops.

Balmoral Castle - set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Estate extends to just over 50,000 acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland, policies and of course the beautiful River Dee is nearby.

Urquhart Castle is a romantic ruin, whose intriguing shape reflects the irregular outcrop of rock on which it was built on the north shore of Loch Ness. Situated 2 miles from Drumnadrochit, the castle as had a chequered history including being blown up in 1692 to prevent it becoming a Jacobite stronghold. It was purchased by a Mr Chewett in the 1930s and in 2003 was gifted by his widow to The National Trust for Scotland. Visitor access is via an excellent visitor centre which includes an exhibition, film show, shop and restaurant.

LOCH NESS
Award Winning Loch Ness Exhibition Centre offers 17 Language translations and 11 language narrations. A hi-tech multi-media presentation leads you through 7 themed areas and through 500 million years of history about Scotland's most famous loch.

EATING OUT LOCALLY

Delnashaugh Hotel & Restaurant - offers an extensive menu, catering for almost every taste and offers traditional home cooked bar meals.

Mash Tun - Good food and accommodation in a family atmosphere, with a well stocked whisky bar. located in Aberlour. All meals are served in the bar and the food is freshly prepared and sourced locally. The bar is well stocked with Scottish real ales and has an extensive and steadily growing selection of malt whiskies.

The Croft Inn - A charming country inn offering a warm and friendly Highland welcome, situated on the Dufftown to Tomintoul road (B9009), 9 miles to the south of Dufftown. The extensive menu caters for all tastes and offers speciality evenings in addition to the normal menu. Fresh local produce is used wherever possible and the Conservatory Dining Room is a wonderful place to dine and watch the sunset over Ben Rinnes and the Cromdale Hills.
 
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