I doubt I’m the only person to have had this problem. When I search the internet to find out more about Speyside, all I get is whisky related websites. Don’t get me wrong, I love a drop of whisky but I wanted to know about the region, not the liquor. Which is a shame, because if other travellers with a willing spirit have the same experience, they’ll not discover the joys of the area.
Book a room at the Craggen outdoors activity centre, Ardenbeg and explore the area. The hostel is in a huge old house in the historic capital of Strathspey, Grantown-on-Spey. It offers a range of rooms with between 4 and 8 bunks, two communal kitchen/dining/lounge areas and a fabulous location. The good people at Craggen have won awards themselves for the outdoor activities they offer and awards must be in the air because Speyside is up for a BBC Countryfile award in the Best Holiday Destination Category. The votes end in March so if you want to support them, get on the internet and press the button.
Ardenbeg is perfectly situated – 15 minutes from Aviemore, 45 minutes from Inverness, to enjoy all that the Cairngorms National Park & wider central Highlands have to offer. Perhaps we can weight some of those internet search results more towards outdoor activities and lovely landscape.
…a full range of thrilling and adventurous activities…
A tiny, icing sugar sprinkle of snow dusts the Derbyshire HQ of Independent Hostels and hands are wrung, teeth whistled over and brows are knitted. Meanwhile, over in The Cairngorms National Park, the good people of Ardenbeg Bunkhouse jump for joy and rub their hands in glee as the snow falls.
Ardenbeg Bunkhouse is part of the Craggen Outdoors group and is one of their bases from which they run a dizzying range of outdoor activity. It has rooms off four, five, six & eight bunks; along with two open plan kitchen / dining / common rooms; and a large private garden with BBQ, picnic tables & a children’s play area. Its a lovely bright house in Granttown-on-Spey right by the river, with the towering massif of The Cairngorms always in sight. Elgin, Aviemore and Inverness are within driving distance – but why would you want towns when the landscape looks like this?
A quick browse of their website shows you the full range of thrilling and adventurous activities they can run for groups of all sizes. Gorge walking and kayaking, I recognise, but Disc golf? Lazer clays? I don’t know what they are but I fancy a go! Dig a little deeper onto their social media and you’ll see what I mean when I say the snow doesn’t put the off at all. There are pictures of groups skiing the slopes; tug-of-war-ing in the snow; or paddling a scenic lake with the white slopes of a mountain not-too-distant behind.
The social media is also a goldmine of recommendations:
“Fantastic experience with the Craggan Outdoor Centre this week…. loved all the activities.”
“It was an amazing day and great experience.”
“The members of staff really made us feel welcomed.”
“Definitely recommend, would go back. Thank you guys for an amazing day, lovely chat and experience.”
Family groups; stags and hens; scouts and schools; all groups are welcome and should consider Ardenbeg Bunkhouses.
See the range of Activities available at Craggan Outdoors
Ardenbeg Hostel is run by Craggan Outdoors, an award winning activity provider in the Cairngorms National Park. Book any the activities below on our activity weekends and you’ll be assured of a great experience.
Activity Parties, Archery, Art and crafts, Bushcraft, Clay Pigeon shooting, Climbing & Abseiling, Disk Golf, Fishing, Foot Golf, Golf, Gorge Walking, High Ropes, Kayaking, Laser Tag, Mini Highland Games, Mini Quads, Mountain Biking, Paint balling, Pony Treking, Rafting Building, River Spay Canoe Trips, Team Problem Solving, Walking and Climbing, White Water Rafting, Zip Wire.
Craggan Outdoors were finalist in the BEST OUTDOOR VENUE and BEST ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE categories of the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards in 2016