Around the area
There’s even more to explore beyond Glenlivet. Discover historic spots, fascinating cultural and natural heritage and lots of visitor attractions.
Enjoy a day out beside the sea and soak up the atmosphere of local fishing villages or explore the distinctive features of Scotland’s finest castles including Corgarff, Craigievar and, of course, Royal Balmoral Castle.
Read the VisitScotland Moray guide here.
Discover one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Enjoy a day out beside the sea, soak up the atmosphere of its fascinating fishing villages and beautiful golden beaches and admire the views of Caithness across the Moray Firth.
A truly dramatic and awe-inspiring place featuring a fragile mosaic of ancient Caledonian pinewood, moorland, bog and mountain plateau. Or head for Loch Garten and watch its most famous summer visitors, the imposing ospreys nesting high in the treetops.
Explore some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Situated in the heart of the magnificent valley of the River Dee, Royal Deeside rises high in the Cairngorm Mountains and is home to many fine castles including Royal Balmoral Castle, summer home of the Royal Family.
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 covers about 20,000 hectares (just over 50,000 acres) acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland, policies and of course the beautiful River Dee is nearby.
Ballindalloch is one of the most beautiful and renowned castles in Scotland. Known as the Pearl of the North, it’s located in the heart of Speyside close to the famed local whisky distilleries of Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich. Owned by the Macpherson-Grants since 1546, this much-loved family home is one of the few privately owned castles to have been lived in continuously by its original family.
The Castle’s medieval tower house was built in the mid-16th century and is surrounded by a distinctive star-shaped perimeter wall dating back to the 18th century. Set in barren moorland, Corgarff Castle has an interesting past. From its heyday as the impressive fortified home of the Forbeses of Corgarff, to its life as an army barracks and the home of efforts to stamp out illegal production and smuggling of whisky. The reconstructed barrackrooms recreate something of the atmosphere of barrack life in 1750.
Loch Garten – ospreys/caperwatch
The home of ospreys in Scotland, when they returned to breed, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest. The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. Early in spring, join us for Caper-watch and see the spectacular display of the capercaillie, Scotland’s largest grouse.
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Accommodation and food
Discover award winning restaurants, historic distilleries and welcoming country inns.
Enjoy the outdoors but remember this is a working countryside. Check here for land management updates & diversions.