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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Aberlour Cottage is a charming stone-built, cottage, once used by the ferry man for the Spey and is located in the heart of Aberlour which is in the middle of the Spey Valley, between Inverness and Aberdeen. The cottage is deceptively spacious and benefits from cosy accommodation with a warming woodburner in the sitting room. It is ideal for a family or group of friends looking to fish on the nearby River Spey, or to visit some of the 50+ distilleries along the Whisky Trail. Or you could simply spend time together exploring this beautiful part of Scotland. Boasting a most convenient location in the heart of the village, Aberlour Cottage has two spacious bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, while the ground floor has a lovely open plan sitting room and dining room situated off the well-equipped kitchen. A pretty spacious garden has a fully furnished seating area.

The surrounding countryside is excellent for a wide range of leisure activities, sports, visitor attractions, country shops and quality restaurants.

Whisky Trail
Speyside is an area renowned for its Whisky, with numerous distilleries throughout the region and the 70-mile long Malt Whisky Trail follows the River Spey through the northern foothills of the Grampians in Scotland. The area also holds a fun annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival each year. Aberlour Distillery is located on this famous trail and open to visitors. The Balvenie Distillery is a must and offers specialist guided tours twice daily, but you must pre-book - visit their website for further information.

Fishing
The Speyside Way by the River Spey is noted for salmon and trout fishing and the river is unusual in that it increases speed as it flows closer to the coast, making it the fastest flowing river in Scotland. Fishing permits for the Spey can be purchased in the village (Day tickets £30; week ticket £200; gear can be hired). The nearby Glen of Rothes Fishery provides excellent stillwater bank fishing (£20 day), and on the Glenlivet Estate, a short distance away, wild brown trout fishing can be enjoyed (£7/day Livet, £25/day Avon). The fishing season for Salmon is from the 12th Feb. 2014 - 30 Sept. 2014 and for Trout from the 15th Mar. - 30 Sept. 2014.

Clay Pigeon Shooting
Situated 15 miles from Aberlour in the Cairngorm National Park, on a well-planned 50 acre wooded area, The Dell Glenlivet Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground offers a wide range of shooting positions and targets to suit both novice and experienced shooters. A Beginners package including lesson, gun hire and 25 clays is offered for £35.

Visitor Attractions
There is an abundance of visitor attractions to visit such as Speyside Cooperage, Speyside Heather Centre, Landmark Forest Theme Park, Baxters of Speyside, Walkers Shortbread, Ballindalloch Castle and Cairngorm Mountain Resort.

Highland Games
Enjoy the Highland Games 2014 in the area: Tomintoul Games: 19th July; Dufftown Games: 26th July; Aberlour and Strathspey Games: 2nd August; Grantown on Spey Games: 24th August; Lonach Games: 23rd August; Braemar Games: 6th September

Local walks
The Speyside Way, formerly the old railway line, makes walking a comfortable and rewarding pursuit. The way is very easy from Dufftown, through Craigellachie and Aberlour and passed Ballindalloch Castle, dating from 1546 but restored in 1850, to Glenlivet.

Skiing
Aberlour is a good base for skiing and snowboarding at both the Lecht ski area, being excellent for beginners, and the renowned Cairngorm Mountain offering challenging slopes for all abilities.

Mountain biking
The area has miles of tracks to suit mountain bikers of all abilities. In addition to the little-used tracks within woodland adjacent to Aberlour, there are the dedicated Moray Monster Mountain Bike Trails giving 19-miles of singletrack routes to suit all abilities. The main Monster Trails are linked to each other and stretch from Fochabers near the coast to Craigellachie which is only 2 miles from Aberlour.

Wildlife
The Scottish Highlands has an abundance of wildlife with numerous elusive species of birds and mammals - Golden Eagle, Crested Tit, Ptarmigan, Red Squirrel, Pine Marten, Bottlenose Dolphins and Minke Whales. You will hopefully see lots of different species when walking alone but if you wish to see more you can go out with one of the local expert guides/tour companies.

Golf courses
There are numerous excellent golf courses throughout Speyside, which are all open to guest players and suit all handicaps. These include Ballindalloch (a few minutes drive away) Grantown-on-Spey, Nethy Bridge, Dufftown, and the championship courses of Nairn and Royal Dornoch. All of these offer day and weekly membership with prices per round costing from £10 to £100.

Watersports
Canoeing the River Spey from where it becomes navigable, through the Cairngorms National Park all the way to the sea, is a classic Highland adventure known as 'The Spey Descent'. This trip is suitable for those who have never canoed before as well as canoeists with years of experience. The stretch of the River Spey from Ballindalloch to Aberlour is the most famous section for White Water, with rapids up to grade 2, making it an ideal day trip for experienced canoeists. Equipment including canoes can be hired with instructors for those who require it.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lossiemouth 32 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness and Aberdeen both 90 km, Nearest railway: Elgin 24 km
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property