Craigellachie Hotel

Pub with rooms in Craigellachie, Moray

From £150 per night

Curator's notes:

  • Smart hotel & pub overlooking Spey Valley
  • Cosy, country-smart rooms; best have views
  • Copper Dog - local ales; good Scottish cooking
  • Don't miss the Quaich Bar - 900 whiskies
  • Bike hire; fishing on Spey; distillery tours
Enquire to book

Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

Craigellachie was built in 1893 on the banks of the rivers Spey and Fiddich as a retreat for Victorians escaping the cities to enjoy the clean air and glorious surroundings of Speyside.

It may look rather grand in its lofty position overlooking the Spey Valley, but guests can expect a very relaxed and informal hotel - the place feels like a countryside family home. It provides a very comfortable base for the modern-day traveller keen to fish salmon on the Spey, walk or cycle the surrounding forest trails, and whisky aficionados exploring the famous malt whisky trail - the Macallan and Aberlour distilleries are just two miles away. After a dram or two, retire to one of the comfortable, country-style rooms that perfectly reflect the Scottish location and heritage.

What's more, at its heart are two fabulous bars, the club-like Quaich bar, heaven for lovers of the amber nectar with a mind-boggling collection of 900 whiskies (all served by the glass), and the atmospheric Copper Dog Pub for local ales, good Scottish food, weekly live music, and a great vibe.

Rooms from

26 doubles: £150

Good to know

All credit cards accepted

Private & alfresco dining

Disabled access

Parking

Outdoor adventures

Craigellachie is perfectly located to enjoy a host of activities and outdoor pursuits - hire the hotel's mountain bikes and pedal the trails to the top of Glen Livet, or book one of the ghillies for a fly fishing session on the River Spey.

Whisky tasting

The Quaich bar holds private whisky tastings events or can organise tastings on site at the distilleries. So, try some of the finest whiskies in the world with guidance from a local expert.

Rooms

You can expect high levels of comfort and service during your stay at Craigellachie. Careful thought has been given the design and décor of the 26 rooms and all reflect the location and heritage of the Speyside region.

Rooms vary in size, from cosy, smaller Snug rooms to a clutch of Comfy rooms through to the best Comfy Luxe rooms, which offer more space and extra luxury detail touches. However, all have cashmere topped mattresses, the finest cotton sheets and quality woollen throws from Johnston's of Elgin, so a good night's sleep is assured. Also standard throughout are rich fabrics and furnishings (also from Johnston's), Nespresso machines, Robert's radios and marble-tiled bathrooms with walk-in power showers, bathrobes and Noble Isle soaps and lotions.

For the full Craigellachie experience splash out on one of the best rooms for huge hand-painted sleigh or four-poster beds, oodles of space, sofas or armchairs, a decanter of whisky, and views of the River Spey and Elchies Wood.

Restaurant & bar

The Copper Dog Pub is the hub of the hotel - a proper Scottish country pub with winter log fires that draws in locals and travellers for its amazing drinks list and hearty Scottish food.

The kitchen sources fresh, honest ingredients from the Speyside area, notably locally caught salmon, fish from the Moray Firth, Aberdeen Angus beef, wild venison and, of course, Walkers shortbread. From a typical menu you could tuck into Cullen skink or haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by rib-eye steak with whisky mushroom sauce, shepherd's pie or langoustines and fish stew from the specials board.

After your complimentary pre-dinner cocktail in the cosy Quaich bar, delve into the mighty drinks tome at the Copper Dog for unusual whisky cocktails, cracking local craft beers (Mulben Spey Valley), well-chosen wines, and rums and gins galore. Whisky-lovers may not leave the Quaich bar, one of the world's leading whisky bars founded in 1893, with shelves groaning with over 900 bottles, including the hotel's own brand, the Copper Dog, a blended malt launched in 2016.

Private dining

The rustic Grill Room at the Copper Dog is ideal for a private drinks or supper for up to 30 people. Otherwise, book the plush Red Room (seats 22) next to the Quaich Bar for a private family dinner or celebration - it overlooks the Spey. The larger Blue Room (seats 55) is the ideal wedding venue and with 26 rooms guest can have private use of the hotel.

Things to do

Johnston's of Elgin

During a Mill Tour you can witness every stage of the manufacturing process of the Cashmere, Merino Wool and Tweed products first-hand and browse the luxurious clothing, accessories and home interiors products in The Mill Shop. The Heritage Centre tells the story of the rich history of the mill.

Speyside Malt Whisky Trail

Speyside is famous for its wonderful whisky and is often called 'Malt Whisky Country'. It's home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, making it the ideal place to discover more about this ancient art. The distilleries at Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Aberlour and Macallan are all close to Craigellachie.

Walled Garden at Gordon Castle

A hidden gem situated between the River Spey and the Moray Coast, the Walled Garden is one of Scotland's best kept secrets. At almost eight acres in size it is one of the oldest and largest kitchen gardens in Britain and has been lovingly restored to its former glory with a modern design.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest railway station: Elgin

Taxi from station: 23min

Drive: Aviemore 52min; Aberdeen 1hr 22m; Inverness 1hr 16min

Address

Victoria Street, Craigellachie, Aberlour, Moray AB38 9SR

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5.30pm.

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