Speyside Malt Whisky Capital of Scotland

Make a special trip to the Speyside Whiskey Festival in the Malt Whisky Capital of Scotland even more extraordinary by making your base at Leslie Castle and using Britain’s most northerly heritage railway to get there.

Spirit of Speyside
The Festival line up was announced on 1st Feb 2019 – there will be plenty of events talks and tastings to attend.

Leslie Castle Glenlivet the Father of all Scotch
Beautiful Glenlivet the Father of all Scotch mirror on the wall of the Withdrawing room at Leslie Castle

You will pass some of the best scenery to be had in this part of Scotland on the way.  10 minutes from Leslie Castle is Insch railway station, with regular links to Keith station (see The Trainline timetable) where the Keith & Dufftown light railway starts.

Spirit of Speyside The Whisky Line Keith to Dufftown
Hop on board the Spirit of Speyside train at Dufftown to Keith for a great Spring-day-out.

Scheduled services for 2019 start on Saturday 6th April 2019 and will end on Saturday 31st September 2019 but on the 2nd to 5th May a very special service runs in conjunction with Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. When free whisky sampling and shortbread and new for this year Ceilidh music will be available on the trains. Keith and Dufftown railway Speyside Whisky Festival

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Keith to Dufftown vintage heritage railway
The vintage single track line offers some of the best views of the Highland countryside