Aberlour or to give it its full name Charlestown of Aberlour is an attractive village set in a valley on the edge of the River Spey. There is a good selection of shops for the visitor including crafts, gallery, collectibles and country clothing shop. It has been a favoured destination since Victorian times especially for fishing. It prides itself on its food with good coffee shops, Walkers Shortbread and of course malt whisky. Population 785.
Aberlour Distillery founded in 1879 by James Fleming, an important philanthropic figure in the history of Aberlour. There is a comprehensive tour available at the distillery and there is even the opportunity to bottle your own cask-
The Speyside Way visitor centre is situated in the old train station. The Speyside Way from Buckie to Aviemore is classified as an Official Long Distance Route at 65 miles. The visitor centre gives the latest weather forecasts as well as maps and the latest route information.
Fishing is an important part of the Moray economy bringing in visitors from all over the world. Some beats on the Spey can cost hundreds of pounds a day. The Aberlour Angling Association has ¾ of a mile of single bank fishing available. See J&J Munro Fishing Tackle in the High Street.
For Photography, Aberlour makes an attractive setting. Highlights include the Victorian suspension bridge across the Spey, the old Pack Horse Bridge, St Drostan’s Churchyard and Linn Falls.
Alice Littler Park is a focal point of the village and situated beside the Spey. In the summer, you can get clubs for the putting green from the old station tearoom. There is a children’s play area and there are lots of walks and it is worth taking a stroll along the Speyside Way to get a feel for this route.
Leisure facilities in Aberlour
Leisure facilities include tennis courts and Bowling Green. The 18m swimming pool is in the High School.