Travelling the length of The Malt Whisky Trail, you can’t help but have your breath taken away by the sweeping landscapes. To the north, you’ll find award winning beaches and charming seaside towns. To the south, you’ll discover tall forests, dramatic mountains, and the mighty River Spey.
This unique landscape – encompassing the best of Scotland – is more than just a pretty feature. It’s the backdrop for a a whole host of outdoor pursuits that make the Malt Whisky Trail a fantastic place to get outdoors and get active.
Remember to add activities which interest you to your itinerary.
A cyclists’ paradise
The Malt Whisky Trail runs along some of Scotland’s most scenic cycling routes. Get your adrenaline pumping with mountain biking routes for all abilities – taking you through wild forest, undulating sand dunes, and panoramic mountain tracks.
Of course, Moray Speyside is also the perfect place to take a more leisurely pace – to slow down, and explore the delights of the Malt Whisky Trail on your own time.
Moray Speyside is also ideal for high-speed road cyclists. The Moray Coastal route runs in close proximity to Glen Moray and Benromach distilleries, and links the region’s famous seaside villages. The Malt Whisky Trail also sits on National Cycle Network Route One.
At the foot of the Trail, near The Glenlivet distillery, you’ll find the Glenlivet Mountain Biking Trails. Working their way through the stunning Glenlivet estate, these trails are an ideal way to experience local wildlife as part of a thrilling ride.
Moray Speyside benefits from an active cycling community. Why not join the locals while you travel the Malt Whisky Trail and visit one of the many local clubs?
Meander along the Speyside Way
The Malt Whisky Trail has the mighty River Spey at its heart. The Speyside Way – one of only four official long distance walking routes in Scotland, stretches the length of the Trail and beyond.
If you’re visiting the Glen Grant distillery in Rothes or the Speyside Cooperage, why not take a short drive to Craigellachie where you’ll find ample parking to set off an explore the River Spey on foot. The full Speyside Way can take a few days, but setting off from Craigellachie and taking a leisurely walk into Aberlour for a coffee or a spot of lunch is a great way to enjoy this glorious landscape.
Golf your way along the Trail
The Malt Whisky Trail is peppered with some truly special spots to tee-off. From seaside challenges to tranquil rolling greens, Moray Speyside is home to courses to suit golfers in all seasons.
To the north of the Malt Whisky Trail is Moray’s Old Course in Lossiemouth. Widely considered one of the finest links in Scotland, this Old Tom Morris course boasts deep bunkers and undulating fairways, sitting on the seaside overlooking the gentle waves of The Moray Firth.
If you’re visiting the Glenfiddich distillery, take some time to experience the course at Dufftown Golf Club (the 10th tee stands at over 1,200 ft, offering fantastic views of the historic whisky town). Near The Glenlivet distillery lies Ballindalloch Golf Club, and if you’re visiting the Strathisla distillery, then the picturesque village of Keith is home to a course which is well worth a visit.
On the Malt Whisky Trail, distilleries and golf go hand in hand.
World-class fishing and country pursuits
It is no surprise that some of the most prized fishing beats on the planet lie along the route of the River Spey. The Malt Whisky Trail’s varied landscapes mean that the region is home to some of Scotland’s finest country pursuits.
Gordon Castle – the historic seat of the Dukes of Gordon – lies in the centre of the Trail. The estate manages a number of beats along the Spey, offering premium salmon fishing all through the season which runs from February until the end of September.
The local habitat around the Spey is also ideal for stalking and driven shooting, with the mountainous terrain perfect for hosting healthy (and stealthy) roe deer and grouse.
You may be in Speyside, but The Malt Whisky Trail also runs along two other great rivers – the River Findhorn, and the Fiddich. Both rivers are ideal for salmon fishing. The Logie Estate, which sits on the River Findhorn towards the north of the Trail, also offers wild brown trout fishing at Lochindorb.
Take to the water
The Moray Firth, enveloping the north of the Malt Whisky Trail, is one of Scotland’s finest water sports centres.
Surrounded by tall pines and deep sand dunes, Findhorn Bay is home to a marina offering a range of yachting and water sport for all ages and abilities. The Findhorn Marina offers wind surfing, power boating, and dinghy sailing.
If you don’t fancy getting too wet, then it is well worth joining North 58 for their wildlife adventure crosses along the Firth. It’s the perfect way to round-up a morning at one of the Malt Whisky Trail’s sites.