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About Speyside

Informal tailor made tours for groups of up to six people around the Spey Valley, the Highlands and the North East of Scotland. See Speyside with a local and explore Moray's ancient heritage, whisky distilleries and castles.

Roy - Let me introduce myself. My name is Roy Mathers and I'd love to show you the beautiful area where I was born and brought up. I want to share my knowledge of the area and my passion with you and make your time spent "About Speyside" something you will remember for years to come.

I realised a while ago that there was no way for people like yourselves to get around in Speyside if they couldn't or didn't want to drive. It can be quite daunting to think about driving on the wrong side of the road and if you are just out and about exploring on holiday it can be downright scary. There are tour companies who will whisk you around the big tourist sites in Inverness or Aberdeen, but what if you want to see less well known places, what if you are here to find the graves of your ancestors and want to visit a churchyard out in the country? I can work with you whilst you are planning your vacation to find out your interests and then between us we can agree on an outline and a price for your personal journey around Speyside. Alternatively give me a call when you are in the area but remember that I am out and about a lot and it is always advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Speyside is the area around the fast flowing River Spey which runs from its source high in the Monadhliath mountains to Spey Bay where it flows into the Moray Firth. But that's not all there is, I want to show you not just the river valley, but the surrounding area as well - with all of it's history and drama. The sensational story of The Wolf of Badenoch, tales of whisky smuggling, the history of the ancient Scottish people everywhere to be seen if only you know where to look, well that's where I come in!

Guide books can only show you the well trodden tourist trails - I would like to show you the less well known sites at your own pace. No mass tourism for me, just small groups with a maximum of 6 guests and an informal approach to the day. I find that most of my bookings come from couples or small groups traveling together and that means that the day ( or less ) is yours - the itineraries are tailor made just for you. No two of my days out are ever the same.

I hate to call them tours - that just conjures up pictures of whistle stop trips and a regimented timetable. I have rough itineraries based on themes such as Castles, Whisky or Stone Circles, but they usually end up including a bit of everything depending on what my guests want. If you have a particular special interest just let me know and I will suggest a tailor made itinerary just for you. For more information, please be sure to visit my Web Site at

'About Speyside' - The Kennels - Glen of Rothes
Aberlour - Banffshire - Scotland - AB38 7AQ
Telephone/Fax +44 (0) 1340 831983