The Spey cast is famous the world-over, so it’s 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. The Spey has many tributaries such as the rivers Truim, Tromie, Feshie, Druie, Nethy, Dulnain, Avon and Fiddich that all increase the Spey’s speed as the river advances towards the North sea making it the fastest flowing river in Scotland.
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.
Mortimers in Grantown-on-Spey sells permits as well as other essential gear, and many local hotels are happy to arrange fishing trips for their guests.