After yet another of Bylands’ leisurely breakfasts, your car will be refreshed and ready to go. This time, the suggested route is a stunning jaw dropping scenic drive where you can meander along by the Spey river passing by famous named whisky distilleries (or pop in to one or two!) – The likes of Cardhu, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Glenlivet to name but a few!
From Bydand once, again drive through the Victorian town of Grantown on Spey, as you leave the village take a right turn onto the B9102 signposted Knockando, – and to Knockando Mill, a 200 year old working mill, where you can take the weight of her feet with a morning coffee.
At Knockando head east on the road signposted Forres you will drive through village of Dallas and Rafford before arriving in Forres a town with connections of the real Macbeth . You will join the A96 briefly at the roundabout take the junction signposted Findhorn, onto the B9011 – follow this road until traffic lights where you will take a left turn B9089 you will soon arrive at the beautiful Findhorn Bay – a great place to relax stretch your legs on the beautiful beach or linger oat the Kimberley Bar overlooking the bay, where you will be served the freshest seafood platters.
Saying farewell to Findhorn return to the B9089 and take the road signposted Rose Isle, Coveseea onto Lossiemouth and another beautiful scenic drive of the East Coast of Scotland.
From Lossiemouth follow the signpost for the A941 to Elgin, and to points of interest such as Moray Distillery and Elgin Cathedral, and nearby, should you wish some retail therapy or afternoon coffee a must stop will be Johnsons of Elgin, probably the most famous cashmere retailer in the world!
From Elgin take the A941 to Rothes, (Glen Grant Distillery) stay on A941 until you drive over the River Spey on your left you will see the famous Craigellachie iron bridge built by Thomas Telford, passing by the Craigellachie Hotel on your left, taking the next left B941 then continuing to Dufftown passing the Speyside Cooperage on your right, then onwards to the village of Dufftown. Here you will pass by famous names of The Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries.
In Dufftown take a right signposted Tomintoul B9009 pop into the Whisky Castle Shop in the village centre to be greeted by the lovely Sam & Scott where Tutored whisky tastings are available for the passenger of course! Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and The Whisky Castle definitely the highest licensed retailer in the UK. From Tomintoul head back on the B939 military road taking a left where signposted Nethybridge back to Bydand B&B
Approx Miles, Day 2: 120