Isla and Spencer explore Knockando and more

Occasionally, when we have the chance, me and Spencer like to head out and pick places we have never visited before. This gives us a chance to experience things first-hand and pass on day trip ideas to our guests at Strathallan B&B in Grantown.

This is one of our many adventures, which involved wool, whisky, cake and some map reading madness. Enjoy!

Castle fun

We left Grantown heading north, towards Aberlour on the A95.

Along this route you can stop off at Ballindalloch Castle, visit the beautiful house and gardens and have a bite to eat in their tearoom too. Please note that Ballindalloch is open from Good Friday and closes 30th September and is not open on Saturdays. (The family like to have a day off and run around the castle without guests I suppose!)

We didn’t go to Ballindalloch distillery as visiting is by appointment only (01807 500 331) It opened at the end of 2014 and tours are between Monday-Friday. They are currently offering people tastings of whisky from bottles collected by their family. Ooo errr!

Why not also visit the Speyside Cooperage (Just outside Craigellachie only 5 minutes from Ballindalloch Castle!) Open Monday – Friday 9am -4pm. This is where they make whisky barrels and they also offer a tour too.

Wonderful woollen mills

Head back on the A95 towards Aberlour and turn left on to the B9138 towards Knockando. Follow this road and you will see signs to the wool mill.

Knockando Wool Mill can be traced back to 1784 and was redeveloped in 2014. This is a beautiful place to visit and you can walk around the mill and go into their visitor centre free of charge. They sell cakes and afternoon snacks in the gorgeous café. Don’t forget to check out the lovely hats, scarves, blankets and other woven items for sale too. (Spencer, if you are reading this I spent a little bit of money on a scarf, bag, purse and brooch!)

This really is a hidden gem and is open Monday –Sunday 10am-4pm

Once you have spent some time (and money) there, turn left out of the wool mill and follow the road until you meet the B9102, turn right.

Whisky galore

You will see signs for Cardhu Distillery and you’ll take a left off of the B9102 to get there. Follow this road to the distillery. Opening times do vary, but are usually Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (4pm on Sundays) Call ahead if you are unsure! 01479 874635

This distillery was founded in 1824 and brings with it a lot of history of smuggling!

You’ll be very tired, so why not head back to Strathallan Guest House taking the B9102 all the way back. Look out for pheasants, Highland Cows and there are a few pull-in places next to the river too. This will take about 30 minutes driving.

Then it is back to Strathallan Guest House for a coffee, slice of cake and a bit of a sit down.

What is one of your favourite days out here? Please get in touch and let us know.