Guide to Moray Speyside

Things to do in Rothes

Glenrothes Distillery in Rothes
Glenrothes Distillery in Rothes

Rothes sits in the beautiful Rothes Glen and it has a few gems for the traveller to discover. There are five distilleries in the town providing employment. Glen Grant has a visitor centre and is one of the most visited distilleries in Moray – ably assisted by its beautiful gardens. Things to do in Rothes include:

  • Walking around Rothes
  • Tour Glen Grant Distillery
  • Fly Fishing
  • Visit a whisky bar
  • Play at Rothes Golf Course

Glen Grant Distillery

Glen Grant Distillery was founded in 1840, although its roots can be traced back to the time of illegal distilling! You can take a guided tour of the distillery and warehouses and learn of its extrovert past. After the tour, wander around the acclaimed Victorian Gardens.  The gardens were restored in keeping with 19th century style and feature winding paths, waterfall and Dram Hut!

Rothes Golf Course

Rothes Golf Course is set on a plateau above the remains of Rothes Castle. It is a 9 hole course, which can be played as 18.  With the amazing views over the Spey Valley it is well worth playing.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing – Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery. Situated just outside Rothes, this trout fishery has over 6 acres of well-stocked water.  The Fishery caters for all levels of experience and offers full equipment hire and lessons.

Visit a whisky bar

Of all the distilleries in Rothes, it’s only Glen Grant which is open to visitors. You can taste some of the other whiskies which flow from Rothes in the Station Hotel and the Eastbank Hotel.

Walking around Rothes

There are a number of walks and hikes in and around Rothes, which are well signposted and there’s a map next to the burn that cuts through Rothes. The 30 minute Castlehill walk takes in Glenrothes Distillery and passes close to the graveyard. Follow the path up the hill, which circuits the golf course and out onto the ruins of Rothes Castle.

Rothes Castle

Rothes Castle was built around the 1200’s but there is not much evidence of its existence apart from one wall. It is situated on a mound with commanding views across the Glen. King Edward I stayed here for a few days. An infamous figure in Scotland – he’s better known as the Hammer of the Scots after defeating the great Scottish hero William Wallace.

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