Aberlour or to give it its full name Charlestown of Aberlour is an attractive village set in a valley on the edge of the River Spey. There is a good selection of shops for the visitor including crafts, gallery, collectibles and country clothing shop. It has been a favoured destination since Victorian times especially for fishing. It prides itself on its food with good coffee shops, Walkers Shortbread and of course malt whisky.
Aberlour Distillery founded in 1879 by James Fleming, an important philanthropic figure in the history of Aberlour. You can visit the distillery where there is a comprehensive tour available well as in depth whisky tasting experiences.
Speyside Visitor Centre
The Speyside Visitor Centre is situated in the old train station building. The centre helps visitors the area with infomation about local attractions including the Speyside Way which runs alongside. The Speyside Way is a popular walk from Buckie to Aviemore. It is classified as an Official Long Distance Route at 65 miles. The visitor centre also has a heritage area and there is the Old Station Tearoom next door.
Fishing in Speyside
Aberlour is ideal for fishing. It plays is an important part in the Speyside economy bringing in visitors from all over the world. Some beats on the Spey can cost hundreds of pounds a day. The Aberlour Angling Club manages 1.5 miles of the River Spey and offers a limited number of good value daily and weekly permits.
For photographers Aberlour makes an attractive setting. Highlights include the Victorian suspension bridge across the Spey, the old Pack Horse Bridge, St Drostan’s Churchyard and Linn Falls.
Alice Littler Park
Alice Littler Park is a focal point of the village and situated beside the Spey. In the summer, you can get clubs for the putting green from the old station tearoom. There is a children’s play area and there are lots of walks and it is worth taking a stroll along the Speyside Way to get a feel for this route.
Leisure facilities in Aberlour
Leisure facilities include tennis courts and a bowling green. There is an 18m swimming pool is in the High School.