Local Area Information


Within walking distance of lodge you'll find top quality food at Cragganmore House, great pub meals at the Delnashaugh Hotel, or try the Lagmore Café during the day for tasty homemade food at the local Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course.

A short car drive away guests can enjoy a good range of restaurants, pubs and cafes in Aberlour or Grantown-on-Spey.

If you'd prefer to cater in-house, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco will deliver online groceries to the lodge. There are small supermarkets and independent food stores in Aberlour and Grantown and large supermarkets in Elgin and Nairn, as follows,

Aberlour Coop AB38 9QB 14 minutes
Grantown-on-Spey Coop PH26 3HG 22 minutes
Elgin Asda IV30 6YQ 32 minutes
Elgin Tesco IV30 1TY 35 minutes
Nairn Sainsbury's IV12 5QF 53 minutes


Here are a few links to whet your appetite,

Ballindalloch Shop & Post Office - the nearest stop for basics, fuel and wood-burner supplies

Delnashaugh Hotel - quality meals in a lovely local country pub

The Mash Tun Whisky Bar & Restaurant - great food and a huge selection of malt whiskies in Aberlour

KJ's Bothy Bakery - Grantown welcomes Aviemore's famous Mountain Café bakery

The Spey Larder - local produce in Aberlour

High St Merchants - café/bar/gallery in Grantown with great food and friendly staff

Cragganmore House - wander up the hill for classic fine dining in a traditional setting (pre-booking essential)

Andersons Restaurant in Boat of Garten - great food in a relaxed atmosphere

Andersons' sister food outlet - amazing takeaway wood-fired pizza

Lagmore Café at Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course - tasty homemade food (closed over winter)

Grantown East Highland Heritage Centre - very tasty food served in a railway carriage!

Wee Puffin - relaxed family restaurant in Grantown

Sylhet Brasserie - great curry house in Grantown


The immediate area is great for walking, running, cycling, canoeing and fishing. Venturing slightly further afield you're within easy reach of The Lecht and Aviemore for winter sports, the Glenlivet Estate for mountain bike trails, or Loch Insh for water sports and much more. If you fancy a trip to the seaside, you'll find miles of beautiful sandy beaches at Nairn and Lossiemouth.

There are quality golf courses dotted throughout Speyside and all along the Moray coast, including classic championship links courses such as Castle Stuart, The Nairn and Moray golf course (Lossiemouth). 

For wildlife enthusiasts there is also plenty to see, from the reindeer on Cairngorm Mountain, the Highland Wildlife Park, or the birds, red squirrels and unique habitat of Abernethy forest. The wildlife photographs displayed here and in Ballin Dhu were taken by your host at some of the locations listed below.

If whisky is your thing, then you're at the heart of the Speyside malt whisky trail, with many distilleries and visitor centres. Ballin Dhu is also on the doorstep of the North East 250 route, described as 'The ultimate road trip to the heart of Scotland'.

Check out the following links to see what you might fancy!


The Speyside Way walking route - note that Ballin Dhu sits at the end point of Route Section 4

North East 250 - A road trip to the heart Scotland

Visit Moray Speyside - A great overview of what the area has to offer

Guests will also find many books and maps in the lodge detailing walking and cycling routes throughout the Cairngorms, Moray and Speyside.


Speyside Distilleries - an overview with a map to get your bearings in whisky country!

Speyside Malt Whisky Trail

Speyside Cooperage - home of the ancient art of coopering

Cragganmore Distillery - the most local distillery to Ballin Dhu

Ballindalloch Distillery - another distillery very local to the lodge

Glenallachie Distillery - one of the few Scottish-owned independent distilleries


Craggan Outdoors - enjoy a huge range of outdoor experiences

Rothiemurcus Estate - a whole host of outdoor activities

Loch Insh - watersports and other outdoor activities

Landmark Forest Adventure Park - all year round activities for all ages

Loch Morlich Watersports - activities run from a beautiful loch side beach overlooked by Cairngorm Mountain


Lecht Ski Centre

Cairngorm Mountain


Spirit of the Spey - canoe trips, wildlife and whisky tasting combined, guided by a local expert

Craggan Outdoors - River Spey canoe and kayak day trips

Loch Insh - canoeing and kayaking offered for all ages


Rothiemurcus Pony Treks - trekking in the Cairngorms on the Rothiemurcus Estate

Carrbridge Trekking Centre - trekking in the Spey valley

Highland Horse Fun - trekking and hacking in the Cairngorms for all ages


Cycling in the Cairngorms - routes and information

Mountain bike trails on the Glenlivet Estate including bike hire

Aviemore Bikes - bike hire


Fishing on the local Ballindalloch Estate

Fishing at the Rothiemurcus Estate fishery


An overview of many Moray-Speyside courses including the local Ballindalloch Golf Course

Castle Stuart Golf Links - an absolute classic Scottish links course and iconic clubhouse

Moray Golf Course - another fantastic links course in Lossiemouth

The Nairn Championship Course - a top course offering a challenge to any golfer


Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens - the estate local to Ballin Dhu

Knockando Wool Mill - an authentic working Scottish woollen mill

Undiscovered Speyside - discover a rich heritage with listings for castles, churches and industrial sites

Scottish Highland Games - calendar for 2022


Highland Wildlife Park - home to many animals including native Scottish species

Cairngorm Reindeer - the only free-ranging reindeer in the UK

Rothiemurcus Ospreys - see these incredible birds fishing up close

Loch Garten and Abernethy Nature Reserve - an RSPB site set in the unique Caledonian pinewood forest


Nairn Beaches

Lossiemouth Beaches