History, Culture and Nature

History, Culture and Nature

August 22, 2022 2024-03-23 13:52

Lots of things to do and see in these neighbour villages: castle, falconry, shortbread factory, water falls and a bit of whisky if you want to.

From the clock tower head down Five Street and turn right onto the A920 to Huntly (30 minute drive) to visit Huntly castle, the seat of one of medieval and Renaissance Scotland’s most powerful families. See the heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes fitting for the home of the earls of Huntly, now a noble ruin. Open daily from 29 March to 30 Sept from 10am to 4.30pm. In the winter closed on Thursday & Friday. Also the Falconry Centre in Huntly is absolutely worth a visit! See owls, hawks, falcons and eagles fly and learn everything about these beautiful creatures. Open from April-October, flying displays at 11am, 12.45pm and 2.30 pm. No booking required. Have lunch/coffee at Deans Shortbread factory with bistro, gift shop and coffee stop. From Huntly take the A96 to Keith to visit picturesque Strathisla Distillery, home of Chivas Regal. Several tours and tastings available, including the Chivas blending workshop. For coffee/lunch and art you are most welcome in the Boogie Woogie Cafe or get yourself some nice treats from The Deli Shop (take away only). Or if If you like to stretch the legs: visit the Tarnash Falls near Keith. This walk explores the countryside to the east of Keith, passing through attractive deciduous woodland and visiting a waterfall. Terrain: roads with pavements, good paths through woods, muddy at times, mostly way-marked (5.5 km/3.5 miles). From Keith take the B9014 back to Dufftown.

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