If you regularly follow my blog then you’ll know that at the start of each season I create a bucket list of all the things I plan to see and do for the months ahead. This autumn, I decided to explore more of the area close to home and on the list was Craigellachie.

Just over an hour from Aberdeen, Craigellachie is situated in the Scottish Highlands and at this time of year it’s an autumnal paradise. Full of amazing colour, cosy hideaways and plenty of distilleries, there’s something to do come rain or shine. Thankfully, we took this trip on a drier day.

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We left first thing on a Sunday and enjoyed the drive up north, the low sun shining through the trees, and arrived at The Craigellachie Hotel around 12pm. We had a lunch reservation in the hotel’s pub, Copper Dog, for 1pm so enjoyed tea and coffee in the lounge providing the perfect chance to catch up on the morning papers.

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Described as a place ‘for those that love a great pub’, Copper Dog didn’t disappoint. We both enjoyed our hearty yet fresh meals, mine being the macaroni which was topped with baked oats adding a little crunch.

To get ourselves out of a carb coma we decided to take a wander through the town and over the Craigellachie Bridge. Standing on the bridge you can see forest trees for miles as well as a great view of the River Spey. It’s pretty spectacular and worth a trip, whether it’s raining or not.

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To make the most of our day we had also booked a tour of a distillery, The Glenlivet. I’m really not a whisky fan but Cameron is so he was eager to visit and had me on hand as his designated driver.


To be honest, I wasn’t particularly keen for the tour, I was mainly going along to please Cameron, but was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was. At a fee of £10 each, we took part in a very knowledgeable hour-long tour and tasting of three whiskies – me taking my whisky home.