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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness and Aberdeen both 90 km, Nearest railway: Elgin 24 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Moray region
The small, pretty town of Aberlour lies on the banks of the River Spey, and is surrounded by wonderful open countryside, with the Cairngorm Mountains on one side and the Moray Firth coast on the other. It is a the heart of the Whisky Trail and visitors will be stunned to realise that there are 50 whisky distilleries within a 15 mile radius of the town. Many of these distilleries are well worth a visit as they have excellent visitor centres with plenty of tasting on offer. The area is a magnet for fishermen with the River Spey so close by, whilst walkers will certainly appreciate the fabulous walks and wildlife they will encounter en route through the Speyside Way, one of the four official Long Distance Routes in Scotland. Aberlour is a great base for exploring this region of Scotland.
Shops and facilities in the village include food shops (Co-Op, Spey Larder), cafés, take-aways and restaurants ( Fish and Chip Shop, Café Fresh, The Old Pantry, Walker's Shortbread Shop, The Mash Tun, The Aberlour Hotel, The Dowans Hotel), Butcher, Fishing Tackle (also sells fishing day and week licenses for the Spey), Saddle and Ironmonger (Gammack's), News Agents with Post Office, Banks (Clydesdale, Bank of Scotland, Hairdresser, Florist, Gift Shops (Ewe and Me, A Gift from Scotland, Three Bags Wool, Still Life), Public Library, Filling Station, Pubilc Swimming Pool (at High School), Hospital, Pharmacy, Dentist, The River Spey, The Speyside Way, Alice Litter Park with putting green and quality play park - all 2 mins walk.
Moray is blessed with a favourable climate. Sheltered from the wet weather and midges of the west coast, the cold winds and sea mists of the North Sea, the area enjoys a dry, sunny and relatively mild climate, ideal for recreational activities.
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. It is possible to book lessons, guns can be hired and cartridges bought as required. All shooting areas are equipped with safety cages, gun racks and pro-matic traps. Aberlour Cottage has a lockable gun safe.
The River Spey is one of Scotland's most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries, attracting fishermen from all over the world. Aberlour Cottage itself is situated adjacent to the middle section of the Spey giving easy access to this part of the river.
Although local estates control most beats, day and weekly permits to fish on parts of the Spey, its tributaries (e.g. River Avon, River Livet) and other nearby rivers are available from local angling clubs and some estates. Alternatively, wild and released trout fishing is available on many local lochs and lakes. The nearby Glen of Rothes Fishery provides excellent stillwater bank fishing, and on the Glenlivet Estate, a short distance away, wild brown trout fishing can be enjoyed. On most trout lakes, equipment is available. Secure rod storage can be arranged at The Dowans Hotel which is a 3 minute walk from Aberlour Cottage.
Many excellent nearby courses 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. The courses also host many competitions attracting both amateur and professional players such as Nairn Golf Club which staged the 2012 Curtis Cup match on their Championship course in June 2012.
Aberlour Cottage is situated close to the renowned Cairngorms National Park where skiing and other snowsports can be enjoyed. Two main venues are the Cairngorm Ski Centre and The Lecht where, in total, there are over 50km of ski runs and a snow board fun park, suitable for all levels from beginner to expert. Cross Country, telemark, ski touring and ski mountaineering are also available from specialist operators. Snowsports can take place any time between December and April depending on weather conditions and it is sometimes possible to ski before December and into May.
There are numerous scenic forest and country walks straight from Aberlour Cottage. You can walk across the fields, explore the many forest tracks adjacent to the Cottage, or access the Speyside Way which is just a few minutes away. This world famous trail mainly follows the valley of the River Spey and runs from Buckie on the shore of the Moray Firth, south westwards to Aviemore on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains, a distance of approximately 65-miles. Aberlour Cottage is ideal as a base to complete all sections of the walk, being situated 30-35-miles from each end.
For hillwalkers, there are 49 Munros plus numerous Corbetts and Grahams (smaller hills) to be conquered within the Cairngorm range and local area. The closest is Ben Rinnes, about 2-miles away, with a total ascent of 548 metres. As a guide, 2.5 hours should be allowed to complete the 4.66 mile route and, on a clear day, there are fantastic views from the summit.
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. For beginners, there is a green-graded trail at Quarrelwood, near Elgin some 20 miles from Aberlour.
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.
Recreational water skiing and a broad range of associated activities can be found at Loch of Aboyne run by the Aberdeen Water Ski and Wakeboard club who welcome all visitors regardless of age or experience. Besides water skiing, sailing and windsurfing are both popular sports in the area. The Moray coastal town of Lossiemouth is one of Scotland's hidden windsurfing gems, and the Portsoy Boat Festival held annually in July is a hugely popular event that attracts sailing and fishing boats alike.
Malt Whisky Trail
Aberlour Cottage is at the heart of Malt Whisky country and on the famous Malt Whisky Trail. The area has many of the world's best known distilleries including Aberlour, Benromach, Cardow, Dallas Dhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenlivet, Glen Moray, Strathisla and Glenfarclas where you can visit each distillery, do a spot of tasting and learn how the barley is turned into whisky. Glenfiddich and Glenlivet Distillery offer free tours that include tastings. Some modern distilleries are very hi-tech and resemble a chemical factory whereas other smaller establishments still use the traditional methods to produce an artisan product that will vary from year to year.
Aberlour Cottage provides an excellent base from which to explore Morayshire, with castles, mountains, beaches and cities all easily accessible.
Often referred to as Castle Country, the historic Northeast of Scotland is home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore. The nearest is Ballindalloch Castle, just a few minutes drive away, the family home of the Macpherson-Grants who have resided there since 1546. There is also the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail which covers thirteen unique castles from Castle Fraser to Tolquhon Castle.
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Britain with thousands of acres of beautiful and unspoilt countryside. It is just a short drive from Aberlour Cottage and well worth a visit to enjoy the fabulous scenery, from wild moorlands and soaring mountain peaks to spectacular rivers and tranquil lochs.
The Moray Firth has some of the most beautiful and unspoilt stretches of coast with many beaches gaining Seaside Awards. It is possible to watch Bottlenose Dolphins from the shore at many locations all around the Moray Firth and there are many pretty fishing villages to visit.
If you enjoy shopping and/or dining out, Aberlour has several great cafes and pubs and is about 1-hour's drive from the historic cities of Inverness and Aberdeen. Locally, the market towns of Dufftown, Huntly, Elgin and Grantown on Spey all have a variety of shops, pubs, hotels and cafes. Walkers Shortbread shop in Aberlour, Johnston of Elgin's Cashmere Centre, Brodies Country Fare at Nairn and Baxters Highland village at Fochabers are all favourite places to visit.
Scotland has a long tradition and history of Highland Games where Clans would compete against each other in sporting events. Early Celts viewed such events as war games where their strongest and bravest soldiers would win the games.
Some say that Highland Games originated as a clan chieftain's way of choosing the best bodyguards and the fittest fighters. Not all the chief's requirements were warlike - musicians and dancers were important for the prestige of his household. Choosing staff and supporters was done by holding competitions - good runners for couriers, strong men for defence and a range of entertainers to amuse them during the winter evenings.
Many events at today's Highland Games still use items which would have been part of everyday life in the Highlands of old eg. round stones from river beds probably provided the original shot-putts while a Scots pine trunk shorn of its branches is still the caber as tossed today.
Many of these traditions can still be seen in Highland Games today however they are now much more sociable and fun events celebrated worldwide.
Tomintoul Games 19th July
Dufftown Games 26th July
Aberlour and Strathspey Games 2nd August
Grantown on Spey Games 24th August
Lonach Games 23rd August
Braaemar Games 6th September
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