Craigellachie Hotel

Speyside Through The Seasons

Speyside is a magical region. It is home to more than 50% of Scotland’s distilleries, and the best-selling single malts enjoyed all over the world come from here. It’s known for its picturesque landscapes, microclimate, and excellent produce. 

It is a place of beauty throughout the seasons, each with its own unique charm.

Speyside has it all.


Speyside comes alive with vibrant colours, and while this region is renowned worldwide for its famous distilleries and fly fishing, there’s much more to discover!

From the blooming landscapes along the Speyside Way to the majestic climb of Ben Rinnes, across to the breathtaking Bow Fiddle Rock, and the lovely seals of Portgordon, your Speyside adventure is calling! 

Scenic road trips through our magical whisky region will feel like going on a mini-holiday within the holiday, with every turn revealing postcard-worthy views.


Summer brings lush greenery and warm weather, which are ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing or enjoying picnics along the River Spey in between distillery tours. 

As the sun sets later in the evening, the skies turn into these amazing canvases of reds and oranges, perfect for those end-of-day chill moments in our garden and our terrace.

The Craigellachie Bridge is just a 2-minute walk from our hotel, making it the perfect starting point for all the hikes around us. Beneath the historic bridge lies a hidden gem: a small beach that is the ultimate picnic haven! Have you ever been?


Autumn in Speyside is like stepping into a real-life postcard, and here at the Craigellachie Hotel, you’ve got front-row tickets to the show. The trees start to show off, flipping their leaves into dazzling shades of yellow, orange, and red. It’s a feast for the eyes and a photographer’s dream. The valley area turns into this incredible patchwork quilt of colours, with the hills and rivers all dressed up in their autumn best. It’s the perfect backdrop for exploring, mountain bike rides, or just enjoying a cosy moment, soaking in those jaw-dropping views that Speyside is famous for when autumn rolls around.


In winter, the snowy landscapes of Speyside create a peaceful and serene atmosphere. The snow-covered hills and trees create a magical winter wonderland.

Imagine wrapping up a day’s adventures with a local dram in hand, sat cosily by a crackling log fire. Our hotel becomes a snug haven where you can enjoy the best of our local produce and share stories of the day’s adventures.

Key Dates

Fishing Season:
Opens – 16
th February – Closes 30th September 

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival: 
st – 6th May 

Dufftown Games: 
th July 2024 

19th – 21st July 2024

Aberlour Games: 
rd August 2024

The Dramathon:
th October 2024