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HOME OF CASTLES, WHISKY AND GOLF
The Castle Trail and the Whisky Trail are what the North East is best known for, so include them on your caravan holiday in Scotland. There are castles galore, including Huntly Castle. Along the Moray Firth, east of Nairn there are fishing villages and dolphins can be seen off-shore; a good vantage point are the ramparts of Fort George. Near the market town of Elgin, is Lossiemouth - with a beautiful beach. Between Nairn and Lossiemouth iis the Culbin Sands Nature Reserve, an ideal place for walks.
Or head inland and visit the villages of Fochabers (home of Baxters, the well-known maker of soups and other asty Scottish produce), or Craigellachie, with Scotland’s only cooperage, where upi cam watch them make barrels to store whisky. Spanning the river at Craigellachie is an imposing Thomas Telford bridge.
Don't miss out Huntly - with the rugged ruins of Huntly Castle and an excellent specialist whisky shop, as well as Dean's Visitor Centre where you can watch shortbread being made and enjoy the product!
For a great visit to a distillery, visit picturesque Dallas Dhu near Forres. Built in 1896 and now in the care of Historic Scotland, it is a unique time capsule where visitors can tour the distillery and hear how whisky was made - there is an audio-visual presentation, plus a free dram! Not far away is the big town of Elgin, in the centre of which is the rather magnificent ruins of Elgin Cathedral. Drive through the countryside towards the Moray Firth and you come across Spynie Palace, once the fortified home of the Bishops of Moray. This summer there are special guided tours in the Historic Scotland properties of Elgin Cathedral and Huntly Castle.
Golf: The North East also has some fine golf couses and many of them welcome visitors. Cruden Bay is one of the world-famous ones, but Duff House Royal is a beautiful parkland course, or try Ballater or Aboyne on Royal Deeside or Newburth on the coast south of Cruden Bay.
For more ideas on where to go and what to do on your caravan holiday in this area, look for a VisitScotland information centre or ask staff at the caravan park where you are staying.