Spirit of Speyside: 6 incredible events to check out this weekend

This weekend sees the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival reach its heights and we've picked out six great events for you to check out.

Published 29th Apr 2016
Updated 21 st Sep 2023


Craigellachie Hotel, Craigellachie (Friday and Saturday)

The Copper Dogs. Picture: Spirit of Speyside

Dance the night away into the wee small hours with the whisky gig with a pig - enjoy a hog roast while listening to some terrific live music including The Copper Dogs, The Whisky Rover Boat Band, and Sons of the Soil all in the delightful surroundings of the Craigellachie Hotel.

The Spirit of the Spey

The Spey (Saturday)

Take the time to enjoy the eponymous water this wonderful festival is named for - paddle down the River Spey in a canoe from Knockando to Craigellachie. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a whisky tasting inside a teepee on the riverbank when you reach your final destination.

Find the Best Malt for a Bacon Roll

St James Hall, Dufftown (daily)

The now famous bacon roll and an accompanying malt. Picture: Speyside
The now famous bacon roll and an accompanying malt. Picture: Speyside

The best way to start any festival day, enjoy a bacon roll with four different drams - and vote for the one that goes best with the bacon roll. This is serious stuff with rules - no smoked bacon, no egg and no definitely no sauce!


Grant's Secret Blending Lab

Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown

Rob will give you a sneak peak into the art of blending. Picture: contributed

Join Grant's global ambassador Rob Allanson to discover the art of blending in the Grant's Blending Lab, immersing yourself in a world of whisky, aroma and flavour. Be prepared to have fun, this is one for those who like to get stuck in.

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Glenlivet Peat Reek and Pot Still Tour

The Glenlivet (Sunday)

The now infamous argocat. Picture: Glenlivet

Seated in an eight-wheel argocat you will be transported back to a bygone age when illicit whisky distilling and smuggling took place in the glen. Hear tales of the smuggling pat, enjoy breathtaking scenery and wildlife, and a picnic lunch in traditional bothy.

Dufftown Whisky Street Festival

Dufftown (Sunday)

Dufftown's iconic clock tower. Picture: Spirit of Speyside
Dufftown's iconic clock tower. Picture: Spirit of Speyside

The world's malt whisky capital closes its streets for this delightful festival. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Scottish ceilidh band Footerin’ Aboot while you take in everything from a 10K run around the town's seven stills to barrel racing down the main street, before sampling some fun whisky cupcakes and cocktails.

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