Stage 03: Ballindalloch to Craigellachie — Speyside Way
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November 5, 2019
This stage takes you through the heart of Scotch whiskey country, where even the fresh air is fortified with a ‘wee dram’.
You pick up the trail near Ballindalloch Castle, which was completed in 1546 and is known as the ‘Pearl of the North’ due to its elegance and fine position on the banks of the River Avon.
From Ballindalloch, you then follow the track of the disused Strathspey Railway line all the way to Craigellachie.
The walking can get a little monotonous at times but you are afforded a look into Scotch whiskey making as you pass an array of distilleries, most of which are not open to the public.
As you get to Aberlour, it is worth a detour to see Linn Falls, a pretty waterfall nestled in mature woodland.
In this woodland, the tree trunks have apparently become darker due to all the whiskey in the air. The detour (shown here) adds just over one mile (one-and-a-half kilometers) to the hike.
You follow the Spey past the Aberlour Parish Church and continue along the river to Craigellachie, where this stage finishes.
Craigellachie has a good range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.