Traditional "But'nBen" cottage.Pleasant east facing garden, off road parking. Double bedroom ground floor next to bathroom with shower.Two single bedrooms upstairs.Lounge/ dining room with TV / Video Player. Electricity extra. Pet friendly
On the Whisky Trail with Speyside Way and Castle Trail, nearby. Moray Firth coast with fantastic beaches rocky headlands,Cairngorm National Park, RSPB Loch Garten visitors centre for the summer visiting Ospreys. Easy accessed.
Archiestown is a grid plan village with a Population of 180. Founded in 1760 this small community is 747 feet above sea level. The high point south of Archiestown is Ben Rinnes a distinctive Corbett ( a peak between 2,500 ft and 3,000) visible from the village and many areas of Moray and distict being the highest point between the Cairngorms and Moray Firth. A fairly strenuous walk along the Ben path offers views over Whisky distilleries providing the alternative name - "Whisky Hill" At 2,755 feet above sea level the view on a clear day extends to Moray Firth in the north and beyond mountains of Sutherland,the high ground of Caithness. North west the mountains in Inverness-shire and Easter Ross are visible. To the south west the high plateau of Cairngoms fiil the horizon. Come prepared with walking boots,warm clothes and waterprofs even in summer!
A relaxing nostalgic trip is offered by two heritage railways in the area. The Strathspey Steam Railway operate between the small station Broomhill,west of Grantown on Spey (known as Glenboggle in BBC TV series "Monarch of the Glen") Trains call at Boat of Garten (summer home to Ospreys at nearby Loch Garten) and terminate in Aviemore. The Keith and Dufftown Railway operate 1960's diesel units in a county branch line atmoshere through a quiet enchanting landscape with Malt Whisky connection.Dufftown is The Malt Whisky Capital of the World! The concentration of distilleries- 7 stills here - has lead to a famous rhyme "Rome was built on seven hills but Dufftown has seven stills". The Speyside Coperage between Dufftown and Aberlour has pyramids of casks which can be seen from a gallery being repaired. A film from "Acorn to Cask" tells the story.
Pleasant village walks around Archiestown include a 2 mile downhill trip to Aberlour. The River Spey is crossed on the elegant Victoria suspension bridge. Aberlour is a central point of Speyside Way Long Distance footpath which extends from Buckie on Moray coast via Spey Bay (Wild Life and Dolphin Conversation base) to Aviemore. Distilleries here include Glenfarclas,Aberlour,Macallan,Cardhu. Tours of distilleries can give an enlightening introduction to the history of the area with tales of illicit distillers,the excise men and local characters. Fishing licences are possible for the River Spey. In the neighbourhood 20 Golf Courses are available.
Aberlour is home of Walkers Shortbread and many othe tasty delights from this world famous bakery. Enjoy the Factory Shop.At Fochabers on A96 and beside the River Spey 4 miles from Spey Bay is Baxters - the family business producing internationally recognised quality foods.A replica of the original shop is a museum.
Craigellachie Bridge,constucted in 1814 was bypassed in 1972. It was until then the A95 Trunk Road! A graceful cast iron single arch is believed to be the most impressive of the period. The metal work was constructed in Ruabon,North Wales and brought to Moray by sea.The River Spey is most menacing at this point and the bridge constucted at a cost of £8.200 transformed communications greatly. The B9102 to Archiestown is on the cliff above this bridge, 4 miles east of the village.
Ballindalloch Castle, origins from 1542 is off A95 road west of Aberlour. Seasonally open to the public, it is a family home. In contrast the ruined Auchindoun Castle was burnt out in 1592. Accessed from a farm track off Dufftown to Rhynie road (A941) it is in Care of Historic Scotland and worthy of the treck to it.National Trust for Scotland Craigevar Castle dated from 1626 is a gem with the exterior splendour said to resemble the appearance as the builders would have left it.In woodland and farming envronment off A890 near Alford it is said to have inspired Walt Disney in Castle design! Alford is the home of Grampian Transport Museum,proving an additional attraction for a longer day out on south side of Lecht ski area into Donside.
The Moray Firth coast has much to commend it. Sheltered by the Grampian Mountains the rainfall is generally a lot less than the west coast. Kinnaird Head Lighthouse,Fraserbburgh was the first lighthouse to be built on mainland Scotland in 1787 A museum open to public includes the light at the top, Pennan was the village scene in a 1980's film "Local Hero" The telephone kisok and harbour featured greatly in the oil industry related story. Further west Crovie houses with gable ends facing the sea are on the shoreline at the base of a cliff. Access to Crovie is now possible in part by road. Formerly the sea or a path from Gardenstown was the way for generations. Banff and Macduff appear large towns in comparison to these communities.Cullen is a most attractive Moray Firth resort, Portsoy a harbour dating from 1692 prospered from trading with Europe. The local marble polishes well was used in the Palace of Versailles,France. Portknockie is a fishing community with the Bow Fiddle Rock - the shape of this rock formation providing the name. From cliff top on easten edge of the village a path extends to Cullen with fine coastal views. West of Buckie the Speyside Way begins. Keeping to the coastal theme after Spey Bay,on the opposite side of the river is Kingston - formerly a ship buiding community. Timber floated down the River Spey sourcing the material for constuction. Lossiemouth has fine sandy beaches. Hopeman, a small seaside communty with holiday atmoshere and caves to explore east and west of the village.Burghead Bay, Roseisle Forest,Findhorn,Culbin Forest and Nairn continue the theme of western Moray Firth communities and fine beaches.
Elgin is our nearest city - 16 miles north of Archiestown. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1284 and destroyed by the Wolf of Badenoch in 1390. Elgin until 19th Century was protected from strife-torn central Scotland by the Cairngorms and two savage,unpridictably crossable and unbridged rivers. The Spey to east and River Findhorn to the west. Archiestown is about mid way between Inverness and Aberdeen. Both can be reached by quieter roads than A96 which connects them.
The adventure awaits!