The history and heritage of this part of Scotland is apparent in it’s castles, monuments and gardens. There are many historic and interesting sites to visit:
Drumin Castle is sited on a terrace above the junction of the rivers Livet and Avon (pronounced arn). It is reputedly a former lair of the notorious “Wolf of Badenoch”, Alexander Stewart, one of the infamous characters in Scottish history.
Ballindalloch Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. Known as the Pearl of the North, it is located in the heart of Speyside in a truly magnificent setting and has been occupied continuously by the Macpherson-Grants since 1546
Balvenie Castle is partially hidden by woodland but there is more to this ruin of a castle than meets the eye and the interior is very much larger than seems possible from the outside.
Auchindoun Castle is a picturesque, hilltop ruin, just outside Dufftown. It evokes memories of the turbulent history between warring clans.
Blairfindy Castle was built in 1586 and it’s diminutive size suggests it may have originally been a hunting lodge.
Cawdor Castle the splendid house and home of The Dowager Countess Cawdor. Enter Scotland’s medieval past as you cross the drawbridge, climb the winding stairs and gaze into the forbidding dungeons.
Tomintoul Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to discover how the inhabitants of Glenlivet and the Cairngorms lived and worked in bygone days.
The Bridge of Avon was built during the construction of the military road through Avonside in 1754. It was once the main route across the clear waters of the Avon and is now an attractive picnic site and excellent vantage point for viewing this lovely river. Knock Earth House is an underground chamber which was probably used as an illicit still, disguised as a corn drying kiln. Is is also possible it was originally built as an underground larder dating from the late Bronze Age.
Glenlivet Packhorse Bridge spans the Livet where it tumbles through a narrow, rocky gorge at Bridgend. It is thought to have been built at the same time as nearby Blairfindy Castle. Only two of the original arches survive, the third having been ripped away during the Muckle Spate of 1829.
The Forbidden College at Scalen In 1716 Catholic Bishops established a college for priests and chose this remote spot at the foot of the Ladder Hills to avoid persecution by Hanovarian soldiers. This is how Catholicism managed to survive in Scotland during the eighteenth century. About one hundred priests were trained at Scalen up until 1799, a fantastic achievement for those troubled times.
Craigellachie Bridge Is a cast iron arched bridge at Craigellachie near Aberlour and was designed by the renowned engineer Thomas Telford. It has been given category A listed status by Historic Scotland and was the site of the historic meeting of The Gordon Highlanders and The Queen’s Own Highlanders on their amalgamation to form The Highlanders in 1994.
Elgin is a historic city where you can admire the ruins of Elgin Cathedral, burnt to the ground by Alexander “The Wolf of Badenoch” in the 15th century.
Culloden is the location of the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 and part of a religious civil war in Britain. Today, a visitor centre is located near the site of the battle, with the intention of preserving the battlefield in a condition similar to how it was on 16 April 1746.
Pluscarden Abbey is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery located in the glen of the Black Burn about 10 kilometres south-west of Elgin. It has been for most of its history a priory and was founded in 1230 by Alexander II of Scotland for the Valliscaulian Order.