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The largest and possibly most famous of Scotland’s whisky regions, Speyside is a beautiful area that sits on river valleys and secluded glens. It’s home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, producing some of the countries most loved malt whiskies.
The name of the region comes from the River Spey, the main waterway in the area which is used in the production of some of the best whiskies in Speyside. The whiskies themselves are known for their light and sweet characteristics, coming from the warmer climate in the area and the crystal clear River Spey water. It’s a popular holiday destination, so here’s where to stay in Speyside, Scotland.
What’s the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail?
Created in the 1980s, the malt whisky trail features 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery all based in the lush green hills of Speyside. It was created to encourage visitors to the area, and can be completed in any order you like. The distilleries are all fairly close together, but are best enjoyed by spending a few days in the area so you can fully enjoy each stop. If you’re heading to the Speyside region, it’s like you’ll be hitting up at least a couple of the distilleries on the trail.
Where should I stay in Speyside, Scotland?
There’s a whole host of wonderful places to stay while you enjoy the Speyside region, from luxury hotels, to inns to campsites. Here are our top suggestions.
The Mash Tun
Broomfield Sq, Aberlour AB38 9QP
A pub in Aberlour, The Mash Tun may seem unassuming at first with it’s simple wooden tables and pub food, but it’s the only place in the world that holds the exclusive Glenfarclas Family Cask Collection – a group of rare whiskies from 1952 – 2001. It has five whiskey-themed rooms that can be booked.
Price: ££ | Hotel rating: 9
The Craigellachie Hotel
Victoria Street, Craigellachie, AB38 9SR
This charming 26 room inn is in the heart of Speyside, with a view of the Macallan distillery from its windows. It’s often considered to be the center of Speyside action, with friendly staff. The hotel even has their own blended malt scotch to enjoy.
Price: ££ | Hotel rating: 8.3 | Stars: 4
The Dowans Hotel
Aberlour, Aberlour, AB38 9LS
This grand Victorian lodge in Aberlour has been fully restored and given a contemporary interior. With 16 bedrooms offering fantastic views over Speyside, it’s easy to see why it’s a top choice when deciding where to stay in Speyside. They have a fantastic restaurant on site as well as a whisky bar, and is located close to Cardhu and The Glenlivet distilleries.
Price: ££ | Hotel rating: 9.2
Edward Avenue, Craigellachie, AB38 9ST, United Kingdom
If you want to opt for a B&B, Craigellachie Lodge is a great pick. The rooms are spacious, with nice decor that combines the style of a boutique hotel with the homely atmosphere of a guest house. With 5 luxurious guest rooms on offer, this one books up fast.
Price: £ | Hotel rating: 9.6
Grantown Road, Forres, IV36 2SG
This 19th century inn has managed to retain many of its original features, and offers a popular restaurant and whisky bar. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to visit Glen Moray, Dallas Dhu and Benromach distilleries.
Price: ££ | Hotel rating: 8.0 | Stars: 4
Cardhu Country House
Knockando, Aberlour, AB38 7RY
Cardhu Country House is a lovely rural retreat in the center of Speyside, near the Cardhu distillery. With beautiful garden grounds and traditional bedrooms, the rooms are spacious/
Price: ££ | Hotel rating: 9.7
Blervie House Rafford, Forres, IV36 2RU
Blervie House is ideally located close to Benromach and is witihing walking distance to Dallas Dhu. It hosts 10 luxurious rooms in a listed house that’s been fully renovated and modernised with WiFi and air conditioning.
Price: £££ | Hotel rating: 9.2 | Stars: 5