This evening, my focus is on Craigellachie. This is a fascinating small town (see above image) in the heart of the Speyside Scotch Whisky industry. The name Craigellachie was the battle cry of Clan Grant and translates as ‘crag of the rocky place’. Below is an image of the River Spey near Craigellachie.

This is an image of the famous Whisky Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel which is home to some 700 malt whiskies, some of which are extremely rare.

To my mind, Craigellachie is indelibly associated with the whisky industry. Nearby can be found a host of famous distilleries including Speyburn, Glen Grant, Caperdonich, Glenrothes, Glen Spey, Macallan, Cardhu, Knockando, Tamdhu, Aberlour, Dulluaine, Benrinnes, Glenallachie, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Glenfarclas and Strathisla. Close by can also be found (and visited) the Speyside Cooperage which produces the oak casks in which whisky is matured for 3 years and upwards.

Other visitor attractions in the area include:

  • Ballindalloch Castle
  • Strathspey Steam Railway

For the fit there is the 80 mile Speyside Way and for those interested in engineering look out for Thomas Telford’s bridge over the Spey near Craigellachie which dates from 1812-15 and is constructed of cast iron.

Elsewhere today, I have occupied working on various Scotland tours including self-drive, private-guided (Inverness and Edinburgh) and a day tour from a cruise ship. Made a post to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog covering Davie family history one member of which was killed at Gallipoli in WW1.

Another busy day looms tomorrow!

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