Nestling right in the heart of Aberdeenshire’s Strathbogie region, Huntly sits midway between Elgin and Aberdeen, along the main A96 road. Aberdeen Airport is an easy drive away. The many outdoor activities and winter skiing opportunities in the Cairngorms are within easy reach to the south west and you’ll find a wide choice of luxury Huntly hotels and B&Bs available in historic stagecoach town Huntly. Award-winning campsites and caravan parks also feature in the area.
Local distilleries on the Speyside trail near Huntly include Glendronach Distillery in the beautiful Forgue Valley just off the B9001. Richly sherried single malts have been produced here for around 200 years. The distillery offers public tours and has an on-site visitor centre and gift shop. You’ll also find the acclaimed Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky shop on Huntly’s high street.
Fine Scotch whisky isn’t Huntly’s only claim to fame. The town is a real centre for local produce, featuring a range of specialist foods from shortbread makers Dean’s to ice cream makers Rizza’s. Explore the grand Huntly Castle, historic chateaux home of the Gordon family. The 1650 Scottish landed- family home of the Leith-Hay family, Leith Hall and Gardens near Huntly is also open for tours and reputedly haunted!
Huntly makes a great central North East holiday base for families, with attractions for children including the popular Bogie the Dragon’s Adventure Castle and sports hall packed with games from snooker to badminton at the Huntly Castle Caravan Park.
Towards Dufftown you’ll find the North East Falconry Centre featuring a range of attractions including regular flying demonstrations and for an award-winning insight into one of Scotland’s most treasured birds of prey, head to the Peregrine Watch just one mile west of Huntly off the A96 where visitors can view the birds hatch and rear their young from viewpoints.
Tartan lovers and fans of all things Scottish should head to Huntly’s famed Scots Connection at Huntly Business Centre, a veritable feast of the finest tartans, Highland dress, Clan Crests, Scottish jewellery, gifts and tartan kilts. Base yourself in the heart of castle and whisky country – book places to stay in Huntley with Iknow!