Over half the single malt whisky in the world is produced in the Speyside region. The are over 50 distilleries and around a third of these have visitor tours. Speyside whiskies have their own unique smooth flavour.
There are a great many castles in the region of Speyside, some in ruins, some in restored splendour and open to the public. Ballindalloch has fairytale turrets set in beautiful gardens. Fyvie Castle dates from the 13th century with paintings from Raeburn and Gainsborough.