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It’s hard not to be inspired by your surroundings as you traverse The Malt Whisky Trail, and you’re certainly not alone. Moray Speyside’s rich cultural tapestry has been woven over the centuries, and it has left a diverse legacy which is not to be missed. From thumping traditional music to a thriving visual arts scene, Scottish culture comes to the fore along The Malt Whisky Trail. And don’t forget our whisky festivals!

Music, dance, and theatre

There are a myriad of venues to enjoy the full gamut of Scotland’s music scene along The Malt Whisky Trail. 

The Universal Hall plays host to large musical concerts, as well as set-piece events like the renowned ‘Rise’ festival of contemporary dance. The hall is located near Benromach, in Findhorn.

Further south in Speyside, the villages of Dufftown, Rothes, and Aberlour regularly host local ceilidhs (traditional Scottish dances and community gatherings), which offer an authentic insight into a centuries’ old way to party.


The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is a biennial event aimed at showcasing and nurturing the area’s local artists.

Logie Steading, a short drive from Dallas Dhu, regularly hosts exhibitions and arts and crafts courses.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival invites visitors to celebrate Scotland’s national drink through an inventive and wide-ranging programme of whisky-inspired events – some educational, all of them fun. It’s held annually in May across a variety of venues along The Malt Whisky Trail.

The festival is one of the largest of its kind, and attracts huge crowds from across the world who share a passion for Scotch malt whisky. With events of all shapes and sizes taking place, the Spirit of Speyside festival is one of the best ways to experience The Trail and immerse yourself in the world of whisky.