Brodie Castle, Elgin, Speyside Distilleries

Take the A96 east towards Aberdeen.

After 5 miles you’ll arrive at Brodie. You may wish to call into Brodie Countryfare. Situated in a relaxing rural environment just a few minutes before Brodie Castle, you’ll find one of the most pleasant shopping experiences in the North of Scotland, providing a blend of quality and a traditional Scottish welcome.

Around half-a-mile further along the A96 you’ll see signs on the left for Brodie Castle. Cross the single-track railway bridge and follow the road to the Castle entrance. You can explore the Castle and there are some lovely walks around the grounds. There is a shop and cafe.

If you wish to visit a distillery then call in to Benromach in Forres. Turn left just beyond the roundabout on the bypass, over the new railway bridge and follow the signs for Benromach.

Further along the A96 you’ll come to Elgin with its ancient cathedral dating back to the 13th Century – now in ruins. Alongside the Cathedral is the Biblical garden which is well worth a visit. Also in Elgin you’ll find the famous Johnston’s of Elgin knitwear factory outlet. They also offer mill tours that give a unique insight into how luxury cashmere is dyed, teased, carded, spun and hand-finished by the latest generation of the local craftsmen and women.

If you have time, drive on to Fochabers to the home of Baxters Highland Village – the famous soup people. Find out more about this family business and meander around the various exhibitions. Lovely restaurant on site.

Nairn makes an ideal departure point for a Speyside Whisky Tour as its less than 20 minutes to a distillery offering tours and tastings – Benromach in Forres. Small, private, tailor made Speyside Whisky Tours can be organised through Highland Spirit Tours.

There are more than fifty whisky distilleries in Speyside. Some of these distilleries are open to visitors and offer tours of their production areas followed by a whisky sample or two! It’s not all about tours as some Speyside Distilleries offer excellent whisky tastings. For something a bit different, consider visiting the Speyside Cooperage near Dufftown and watching the coopers build the barrels.

Tours tend to focus on the production process and you can discover how little differences impact the flavour. With intriguing histories stretching back into the past, each whisky and distillery has its own story to tell.


If you are thinking about a Speyside Whisky Tour, we can put together some tailor made ideas for you. Our tours are for a maximum 3 people. There’s some more information on our Whisky Tour page or make an enquiry.