Head a few miles South following the River Spey and the flat lands of the Laich of Moray roll up into soft hills. This is Speyside whisky country. There are lots of things to do in Speyside, The villages of Rothes, Dufftown and Aberlour may have small populations but their whiskies are familiar names to malt whisky drinkers around the world. The remains of the illicit stills can still be found in the hills and its possible to walk old smuggling routes as well as indulge in a dram at the Speyside whisky distillery visitor centres.
Speyside is not just famous for its whisky. The River Spey is synonymous with salmon fishing and the Speyside Way. The Speyside Way walking route follows much of the old railway and is a popular walk. Many of the Speyside hotels pick you up at the end of the day as well as transport bags onwards. Further South is Tomintoul, which is situated in the Cairngorms National Park.