If you don’t like whisky when you arrive, you probably will by the time you leave! There are numerous distilleries on the Whisky Trail, Speyside malts are renowned the world over. Glenfiddich in Dufftown is one of the best tours and is free, there is no need to book. The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival is in May. You can also visit the Speyside Cooperage in Dufftown to see where all the whisky barrels are made and repaired.
The closest distillery to Findochty is Glenglassaugh, at Sandend near Portsoy. They offer tours Monday to Friday and have a visitor centre with cafe.
Along with whisky, there are also quite a few castles to visit! Follow the Castle Trail or just pick out one or two that catch your eye. Some of them are a bit further afield. Within an hour of Findochty are Brodie Castle (National Trust), Delgatie Castle, Cawdor Castle and Fyvie Castle.
There are over 15 golf courses within 40 minutes of Findochty, so you really are spoilt for choice! Many are traditional links courses that will really test your skill when its windy. The closest courses to the cottage are Strathlene, Cullen and Buckpool.
The Moray Firth is the perfect location for sea fishing and salmon and trout fishing on the world famous river Spey and the river Findhorn is a fisherman’s dream come true.
Wildlife Boat Trips
This coastline is full of wildlife and one of the best ways to see it is from the sea, plus the chance of seeing the dolphins! The Gemini Explorer goes from Buckie (about 10 minutes drive from the cottage);
The Puffin sails out of Macduff and takes you along to the very impressive (and smelly!) gannet colony. Well worth seeing!
In the sea…
Although a bit on the chilly side you can spend hours of fun in the sea! Sandend and Banff Links beaches are both great spots for surfing or body boarding. Cheap wet suits are available from the Spotty Bag Shop in Banff (about £30 for adults), body boards are usually available at Slorachs in Cullen (around £10). If the sun is out it’ll be money well spent! There are buckets and spades, fishing nets and crabbing lines at the cottage for your enjoyment.
This area of coastline is stunning for kayaking. You can launch from the small beach right by our Duke Street cottage and head along to Strathlene where you’re almost guaranteed to be joined by the inquisitive seals, or go in the other direction along to Portknockie and Bow Fiddle rock. All the time with the chance of being joined by the dolphins – a paddlers haven.
This Spy Trail starts and finishes at Portsoy’s Salmon Bothy then continues in Cullen starting and finishing near the harbour. The clues are all solved whilst walking. The Trail is hilly and is regrettably unsuitable for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. The Trail takes 2¾ hours and is roughly 3 miles walk. The towns of Portsoy and Cullen are 6 miles apart.
For the more adventurous…
For an exhilarating tour of the Moray Firth coastline and a fantastic wildlife watching experience. Take the super fast rib out of Findhorn – a real thrill ride!
Paintballing, zip wires, quad biking… great fun!
For the true adrenaline junkie take a white water raft ride on the river Findhorn.