Strictly speaking, the term Speyside refers to the entire region surrounding the River Spey, but to most people the name is synonymous with the whisky triangle, stretching from just north of Craigellachie, down towards Tomintoul in the south and east to Huntly. There are more whisky distilleries and famous brands (including Glenfiddich and Glenlivet) concentrated in this small area than in any other part of the country. Running through the heart of the region is the River Spey, whose clean, clear, fast-flowing waters not only play such a vital part in the whisky industry, but also make it one of Scotland’s finest angling locations. At the centre of Speyside, the quiet market town of Dufftown and the well-kept nearby villages of Craigellachie and Aberlour make good bases for a tour of whisky country.

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