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If you are look­ing for some­where to have a pic­nic, there is a lit­tle road off the A95 near Spey­bridge, which will take you down to the river. It’s marked with a park­ing sign. There’s park­ing to the left, but if you fol­low the road to the end, there is more park­ing near a ceme­tery. From here, you can watch the salmon jump dur­ing the au­tumn. The whisky trail is fas­ci­nat­ing, but not quite so much if you are the driver. How­ever, you can pick up an empty tasting kit at some dis­til­leries – Aber­lour cer­tainly has them – so that you can take the sam­ples back to your car­a­van and en­joy tasting them when you have done with driv­ing for the day. The big­gest whisky-pro­duc­ing re­gion in Scot­land, Spey­side, is home to more than half of its dis­til­leries. This area forms just one sec­tion of a spec­tac­u­larly scenic cir­cu­lar driv­ing route, the North East 250. This great road trip takes in Aberdeen, Royal Dee­side, the Cairn­gorms, Spey­side, the Mo­ray Coast and the East Coast. You can dip in and out of it as time al­lows – fol­low the route and it will bring you to cas­tles, vil­lages, dis­til­leries, mu­se­ums, ski schools and dol­phin cen­tres. Al­ter­na­tively, there are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore the beau­ti­ful beaches and moun­tains.

On the whisky trail, you can watch ex­pert coop­ers at work You’ll be spoilt for choice for great sou­venirs

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