Spey Valley

Spey Valley

The gentle scenery of the Spey Valley is a land of lochs, mountains and picturesque villages that are dominated by the dramatic Cairngorm Mountains. The valley of the River Spey lies about 25 miles southeast of the Highland capital of Inverness.

The Spey is one of Scotland’s great rivers and is famed for it’s salmon fishing. The purity of the water is also a great resource for whisky makers. So much so that the Spey is home to many of Scotland’s most famous distilleries including The Macallan, Cardhu and Glenfiddich to name, but three. We’ll see Tomatin and Dalwhinnie distilleries during our journey through the Spey Valley.

The bustling outdoor centre of Aviemore is the major town in the Spey Valley. This year-round resort is popular with outdoor sport enthusiasts due to it’s close proximity to the slopes of Cairngorm Mountains which can be accessed by a funicular railway. The Cairngorms are one of Scotland’s main ski-ing areas, however there are spectacular views to be had from the summit at any time of the year.

At Kingussie, we will see the dramatic ruins of Ruthven Barracks. The remnants of the Jacobite army destroyed it after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.