Castle, Wool, Whisky & Golf

Castle, Wool, Whisky & Golf

August 22, 2022 2024-03-23 14:43

From our B&B go right to Dufftown and take the A941 towards Elgin at the Clock Tower. After The Craigellachie Bridge (worthwhile to have a look at the old bridge!) turn left onto the B9102 until you reach the Knockando Woolmill after 13 miles. Wool production has taken place at the site since at least the eighteenth century, and the surviving buildings house a number of pieces of historic machinery which are still in operation. It was designated a Category A listed building in 1995, still operates as a working mill, and is open to the public from April to September. The Mill’s grounds and historic buildings are open Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm. It also features a coffee shop.

Continue your drive on the B9102 until you reach the A95 where you turn right for the Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens (signposted from this road). It is one of the finest surviving examples of a Scottish Baronial castle. It is still occupied, the family have opened up part of the castle for visitors. It also features beautiful gardens, a play garden for the kids, a shop with quality souvenirs and an excellent tea room. Open from April to September.

Next stop: Cragganmore Distillery. Continue your drive on the A95 until the distillery is signposted on the right. Follow this small road for app. two miles and it will lead you right up to the distillery. It’s a lovely small traditional distillery which offers tours, tastings & shop. Pre booking essential!

If whisky is not your thing you might want to play a round of golf on the Ballindalloch Golf Course, situated at the A95 between Ballindalloch and Tormore.

For a quick return to Dufftown take the A95 towards Aberlour/Keith. After Aberlour take the A941 to the right to Dufftown.

If you prefer a scenic route go back to the sharp bend on the A95 and take the B9008 to Auchbreck/Glenlivet (watch out for the old packhorse bridge on your right at Glenlivet!) where you take the B9009 back to Dufftown.

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