Fishing
Fishing
Scotland offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Europe, and keen fly fishers visit us from all four parts of the world to fish some of the famous rivers. The big four salmon rivers the Dee, Spey, Tay, Tweed and their tributaries are unrivalled. The Don has hard fighting brown trout, and some of the highland lochs are famous for an abundance of brownies - but only the locals know these parts.  This is why we are very pleased to have teamed up with a local fly fisher guide who can arrange everything you will need for a days' fishing including fly fishing tuiton, day permits, to access to Ghillies and he knows all of the best lochs and rivers in the highlands to fish, where only the locals would know!  Please visit Simon's website  for details on how to book or to read and get engrossed in his experience of his many days out fishing the various hidden gems that Northern Scotland has to offer, please click here .  The combination of photos and prose that he articulates so brilliantly, with technical details where appropriate truly transport you to his world, that he wants to share with you...for a fee, of course!  You can contact Simon via his blog or direct on his moble phone number +44 7812 692135
Walking and Hiking
Walking and Hiking
Where do you start when it comes to hiking?  Scotland is such a stunning place to explore by foot...but here's a starter!  Ever heard of Munro Bagging? A “Munro” is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3000ft. Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet, who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891 – there are 282 if them in Scotland, Ben Nevis being the highest one. The Munros of Scotland present challenging conditions to hikers, particularly in winter. A popular practice amongst hillwalkers is "Munro bagging", the aim being to climb all of the listed Munros. As of 2009, more than 4,000 had reported completing their round. The first continuous round of the Munros was completed by Hamish Brown in 1974, whilst the current holder of the record for the fastest continuous round is Stephen Pyke, who completed his 2010 round in just under 40 days…who’s up for the challenge to beat that!  Please click here , or here to be directed to some fantastic websites where you find all of the information you will need to give this a go!
Hunting
Hunting
Scotland is famous for the quality of its sporting bird shooting, deer stalking and the professional way in which sporting days are managed and conservation practices are undertaken.  Whether your interest is with deer stalking, game shooting or rough shooting there are a number of hunting providers throughout Scotland that you can engage with to organise anything from an individual that wants to join a group for a days' shooting to organising an entire team for a syndicate day out.  So why not make your base with us at Drumdelgie House and venture out to the remotest parts of the countryside for a days' hunting...pretty much most venues are within an hours' drive from us.  There are a number of providers that will be pleased to provide a service to cater for your individual or group needs, and here is a selection: Peter Swales , Country Sports Scotland , or Hunting Scotland
Things to do
Places to visit
There is so much to see and do in just the Cairngorm National Park, and surrounding areas - where do you start? Fortunately, someone has thought to document some of the things to do throughout the Cairngorms! If your thing is for outdoor activities, then you have hit the jackpot with the Cairngorms National Park when it comes to an area with just so many outdoor activities to choose from. It is a mecca for outdoors people with all sorts of sporting activities on offer either on the mountain, down in the valley, on the golf course, on the water, in a field or on your bike, there is something for everyone. The Cairngorms National Park has outdoor activities for all levels of experience, just choose what suits you.  So please call us to arrange your accommodation as your base to explore this wonderful part of the world!  Click here to get an idea on where to start planning your days out…what will you do today!  Also, the coastal county of Moray is very much worth a visit - there is some stunning scenery, fantastic little bays to explore, dolphin watching and some great restaurants to discover.  Click here to understand where to start
Winter Sports
Winter Sports
Scotland's five mountain ski resorts offer close to home, great value skiing or snowboarding day trips or short breaks amidst some of the finest scenery in Europe. So why not stay at home this season?  Three of those ski resorts are close to us at Drumdelgie House.  The Lecht is the closest, a mere 45 minute drive away, then the ski area around Aviemore is an hour and a quarter away and Glenshee is an hour and a half away.  But firstly, you need to secure your base accommodation as it gets busy in the season!  So why not call us, today, and arrange your accommodation with us before you start booking the skiing piece?  We get this question a lot: "why ski in Scotland"?  It's easy to get to, even last-minute; You don't need a passport, costly travel insurance or foreign currency, unless you're visiting Scotland from overseas; Instruction is available at all resorts; Everyone speaks English; Food and drink prices are the same as the rest of the UK; There's free medical evacuation from the hill in the unfortunate event you have an accident.  As snow conditions have improved in Scotland in recent years, so have the facilities in its ski centres - you will be surprised how good the skiing and snowboarding is these days. In most resorts, the terrain is challenging and exciting, and the scenery is dramatic!  Usually the season is from Christmas/New Year - early April, but there can be good early snow (Nov-Dec) in the east (Lecht, Glenshee) and good late snow in the west (Nevis Range, Glencoe). CairnGorm (Aviemore) is central and often has early and late snow. However, recent winters have also brought good early snow for the west. So what are you waiting for...when will we see you?
Distillery Trails
Distilleries
What?  You didn't think we would forget about our second biggest export industry did you? Distillery tours…a must thing to do in order to strike it off of your “bucket list”.  There is none more famous that Glen Fiddich , in the historic town of Dufftown, pronounced “Duffton”, in the heart of Speyside - just 10 miles from Drumdelgie House.  "Speyside", in fact, is the biggest region in terms of production, half of all Scottish distilleries can be found here.  Speyside single malts are noted in general for their elegance and complexity, sometimes with a refined smokiness but more often a fruitiness ranging from ripe pears to sultanas.
Scotland is split into five distinctive whisky-producing regions. The same basic process is used to produce whisky across the country but subtle variations mean single malts from each region have unique characteristics and flavours. Click on the link, here , to show a map of the 5 regions - then click on each of the 5 areas on the map to find out more, or browse the "distillery listings" further below on the website to enjoy a behind the scenes tour.