Brodie Castle, Elgin, Duffus, 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. Don’t miss the newly opened Playful Garden with its white rabbit and lots of sensory hands-on fun for children.

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. The building was damaged by fire in 1270 and in 1390 it was burned down by the Earl of Buchan, the Wolf of Badenoch, as the Bishop refused to pay protection money. 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.

Close to Elgin, just off the A941 to Lossiemouth, you may wish to call in to Spynie Palace – the largest surviving medieval bishop’s house in Scotland – residence of the bishops of Moray from the 14th century to 1686. Royalty travelling in the area sometimes used the palace as a guesthouse.

Not far from Elgin on the B9021 is Duffus Castle. It was a fortress–residence for more than 500 years, from the 1100s to the 1700s. The stone castle we see today was built in the 1300s, replacing an earlier timber fortress. Once one of the strongest castles in Scotland, it was reduced to a decaying ruin by the time of its abandonment in 1705. But the castle remains an impressive sight, situated on a mound rising out of the flat Laich of Moray.

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