The small town of Keith in Moray is a famous location for whisky lovers. It’s the first stop along Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail and is home to several of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. But fine whisky is not the only thing this town is known for, so make sure to check out the many things to do in Keith.
The town of Keith is separated into three distinct districts; Old Town, Keith, and Fife Keith. There are so many districts because the Earl of Fife created ‘New Keith’ (or Fife Keith) in competition with Old Town on the east bank of the River Isla.
Industries like cattle trade and tweed were blossoming at the time, and the two regions eventually homogenised into a much larger settlement. The river still marks this separation, so keep a sharp eye out!
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Things to Do in Keith
If you’re planning to reach north-east Scotland for the whisky or sightseeing, a stop by Keith is worth it. The town has a fascinating history that’s allowed it to become an important stop for anyone embarking on a Highland adventure.
The tour through Keith’s four distilleries is a fantastic way to begin your tour of Keith and the Malt Whisky Trail. But if whisky isn’t your idea of fun, there are plenty of attractions to keep you occupied, like Huntly Castle and the bountiful restaurants and shops on Mid Street.
The village also has a swimming pool, skate park, bowling club, and many more amenities that pair beautifully with the historic sites, wildlife parks, and hiking trails. Read on to see our guide for the top things to do in Keith.
Sthrathisla is the heart and soul of the Chivas Brothers’ brand of excellent whisky.
This gorgeous distillery was established in 1786 and still holds the title of the oldest working distillery. You can experience the distillery’s elegant finishing and processes, which isn’t complete with a signature tasting of the utterly smooth Chivas Royal blend.
Isla Bank Mills
Situated on station road, the Isla Bank Mills next to the River Isla are a look into the historic tweed industry of this friendly town.
This knowledge has been passed on and is now held in places like Keith Kilt and Textile Centre, which come as highly recommended places that you should grace with a visit. If you want a deeper look into Keith’s textile history, a visit to these mill buildings is your best bet to do so!
A stronghold from the 1400s sits on the lonely earthwork, daring you to explore its ruined depths.
Auchidoun Castle is thought to have been built by Thomas Cochrane, a favourite of James III. Since then, it was bought, sold, and eventually burnt by William MacIntosh in the 16th century, and by 1725 it lay derelict.
The castle is currently closed for masonry work but could be open when you visit – only one way to find out!
Glen Keith Distillery
Glen Keith Distillery is a relatively new addition to the distilleries within Keith, but that doesn’t mean its light and fruity tastes won’t delight!
This characteristic light single malt whisky is an excellent change of pace if you want something delicious and refreshing.
The beautiful Drummuir Castle can be found south of Keith in the heart of Speyside.
There’s a fairytale quality that comes when you visit Drummuir Castle and gaze upon its magnificence architecture and design. Within the castle, you can explore the many beautiful pristine rooms – don’t get started on the spectacular grounds surrounding the castle.
Don’t miss out on this incredible experience the next time you’re in Keith.
The Speyside Falconry aims to offer the best falconry experiences and promotes the conservation of many amazing birds of prey.
You can find the Speyside Falconry on the west side of Keith and in the heart of the countryside. Here, keep your eyes sharps and your wits about you as you watch owls, hawks, eagles, and of course, falcons in grand displays!
Keith and Dufftown Railway
Embrace the fascinating transport history of Scotland with a trip to this railway, a heritage railway track that moves from New Keith, Keith to Dufftown.
If you have the opportunity to do so, hopping aboard this unique heritage railway is the perfect way to begin your journey. The train’s scenery as it rattles past the many quaint villages of Scotland is delightful!
Summit Meikle Balloch
Meikle Balloch is a majestic hill to ascend if the weather in Keith is dry and balmy.
This hiking site offers various excellent trails, from easy to complex, depending on your hiking experience. When you finally reach the top, the whole world seems at your fingertips, and you’ll be treated to beautiful panorama views of Speyside.
Gordon Castle Estate
The fantastic Gordon Castle Estate is privately owned and holds some of the best events of the year in Keith.
Not only does the estate have a magnificent walled garden just waiting to be explored, but many events like the Highland Games, theatre shows, and more are regularly held at the estate.
Check out their website for more information!
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