Fishing & Country Pursuits

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All popular country pursuits that can be enjoyed during your stay, season permitting of course. Salmon fishing runs February until end of September. Stalking and driven shooting is only when part of an official party and planned activities.

Coastal Wildlife & Watersports

Spey Bay - cafe and Dolphin spotting location, Speyside Cottages

A host of watersports can be found at the Moray Firth. Findhorn Bay marina offers options for sailing, boating, kayaking and wind-surfing. The area is well known for wildlife spotting, and is a haven for hundreds of bird species. And if you’re lucky enough, you can spot dolphins too – But, whether you see them […]


Golf with thanks to Markus Spiske

There is a fantastic array of golf course to choose from in Speyside, both 18-hole &  shorter 9-hole courses, some of the oldest courses steeped in tradition and many with views that will have any game performance feeling like an incredible day out. Some of our favourites are listed below: Dufftown Golf Club :  Only […]

Whisky Walking Tour

Balvenie Distillery - few from afar Speyside Cottages

Speyside Tours The renowned Dufftown Distilleries Walk is a relaxed walking tour around the past and present distillery sites of Dufftown. This tour allows access to otherwise closed distilleries as well as the opportunity to taste some sought after drams! We highly recommend this tour, having enjoyed it ourselves and with all guests that do […]

Whisky Trails

Speyside, home to more than 50% of Scotland's operational distilleries

The Whisky Trail More than half of Scotland’s operational malt whisky distilleries can be found in Speyside, with 6 in the small town of Dufftown alone! By and large, Scotch malt whiskies are grouped into five categories: Highland, Campbeltown, Islay, Islands, Lowland and of course our home in Speyside. Speyside malts are diverse in style […]

Balvenie St. Award-Winning Ice Cream

Award winning luxury single malt Balvenie St. Ice cream available in Dufftown from Speyside Cottages

Our very own Ice Cream Parlour can be found on in Dufftown, on Balvenie Street.  You can sample the award-winning Luxury Single Malt whisky ice cream, discover if you are a Sweet & Sexy, Rich & Fruity or Smoky & Peaty fan.  As well as many other flavours to choose from. Our love of Scotland’s […]

Music & Entertainment

Pipe Band with thanks to Melody Ayres Griffiths

Royal British Legion, on Balvenie Street is only a short walk from The Milking Shed cottages or Ben Shea Smart Home. You can find the usual pub activities here, such as pool, snooker and darts, and every Monday night, throughout the year the venue hosts ‘Stramash’ – an evening of Scottish music. On Thursdays, during summer months, […]

Walking, Hiking & Cycling – Dufftown

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Stunning walks and cycle pathways aplenty to be found in Dufftown.   Relax with a gentle amble around town taking in the historic sites and distilleries, or take on more ambitious and lengthy routes knowing you have a cosy base with home comforts to return to.   For more info, we love this detailed and helpful site:  Walk […]