• Lesley Ann Parker


You probably need a break from that laptop and as Speyside gets ready to open for business and welcome the return of visitors to the area then hopefully this blog will help you decide when and where to book. I'll do my best to update as information appears. I've added links so you can check direct. Looks like things are starting to happen on 6 July BUT CHECK DIRECT FIRST as indoor hospitality is part of Scottish Government Guidance Phase 3 for 15 July.

If you are staying in our airbnb at Craigellachie then a visit to the CopperDog will be on your to do list, particularly for the large cocktail list and craft ales. At the moment they have requested that you email to book on Do this well in advance as they do get full very quickly, even on week nights!

The Highlander Inn, run by Japanese-born Tatsuya Minagawa with over 300 quality whiskies, previously did not need a reservation for dining but I am reliably informed that you now will need to book. Tatsuya opens the beer garden on Monday 6 July and the whole hotel on Wednesday 15 July.

Also opening on 6 July is The Fiddichside Inn 12 noon to 10.30 pm daily. New owners and they have a gorgeous pub garden.

If you enjoy an easy walk then cross the road from the cottage to the River Spey and the Mash Tun is about 45 minutes away.

All of the above are dog friendly, and don't forget to stock up on Walkers Shortbread while you are in Aberlour. Dufftown is worth a visit to dine in Seven Stills a great little historic pub with a French chef.

It's recommended that you always book well in advance for a distillery tour and don't forget you can include a visit to Strathisla just for drinks and Macallan for drinks and lunch. Again you can walk to Macallan and here's our information about that route.

Visit MoraySpeyside For more things to see and do.

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