With summer right around the corner the Malt Whisky Trail team wanted to share with you the number great events planned throughout Moray Speyside.

And of course, you can coincide these with a Malt Whisky Trail stop to create the ultimate summer experience.

June

If your idea of fun is sport centred, take a look at the Moray Walking Festival starting 16 June. Running over 10 days, 50 plus events are scheduled with activities including wildlife strolls, watersports, family events, long distance walking and more. With something for everyone, find the list of available events to attend and explore with your family and friends during the Moray Walking Festival, including the 7 mile Glenlivet Smuggler’s Walk exploring the footsteps of the old whisky smugglers and the history of the Glenlivet Estate.

Bringing June to a close is the renowned European Pipe Band Championship event, Piping at Forres set for Saturday 24 June. Title sponsored by Whisky Trail members Benromach, the event sees over a hundred pipe bands compete for the European Pipe Band Champion award. Held at Grant park in Forres, visitors are invited to attend the competitions, explore a variety of other entertainment stands suitable for all ages and hundreds of stalls offering a selection of food, crafts, and other activities.

Piping At Forres

July

July starts off with a birthday celebration of the Gordon Castle Walled Garden 3rd year in business on Saturday 1 July. Explore a day of family fun with children’s play, games, and food or attend a cocktail evening (for adults) all in celebration of the Walled Garden’s third birthday.

For a typical Scottish summer event, you and your family can attend a number of Highland Games throughout the areas. With locations such as ForresTomintoulDufftown, amongst a few, the Highland Games are a fantastic day out for the entire family.  

Held over three days in the Moray town of Fochabers, starting 28th July, Speyfest is a true summertime classic in Moray. Now in it’s 22nd year, the event hosts a variety of entertainment opportunities from traditional and contemporary celtic music, to a craft and food fair, and an ecumenical Kirk service, amongst many other family friendly activities. Speyfest is a truly memorable experience worth attending with family and friends this summer.

August

If you enjoy a classic agricultural event, the Keith Show, 6-7 August, is a dynamic two day event including a combination of exhibitions and demonstration, along with a range of traders throughout the showground. From Highland Dancing and Massed Pipe Bands to Pets Parade and Beef Cattle Championship, there is something that will interest everyone at the Keith Show this summer.

Finally, head to The Elgin Farmers’ Market to explore a range of food and crafts available for purchase on 19 August in Elgin’s Town Centre. Hosted by the Moray Food Network, the Elgin Farmers’ Marketing works to promote local food sourcing and production and raises awareness around food and health. This is a great way to explore local foods grown in Moray, and surrounding areas, while exploring healthy options for you and your family.

Enjoy any number of these events, and more, during the summer in Moray Speyside. Pair your event experiences with a tour of any of the nine Malt Whisky Trail locations to create an adventure of a lifetime through the historic Malt Whisky Country.