Rothes sits in the beautiful Rothes Glen and it has a few gems for the traveller to discover. There are five distilleries in the town providing employment. Glen Grant has a visitor centre and is one of the most visited distilleries in Moray -
Glen Grant Distillery was founded in 1840, although its roots can be traced back to the time of illegal distilling! You can take a guided tour of the distillery and warehouses and learn of its extrovert past. After the tour, wander around the acclaimed Victorian Gardens. The gardens were restored in keeping with 19th century style and feature winding paths, waterfall and Dram Hut!
Rothes Golf Course is set on a plateau above the remains of Rothes Castle. It is a 9 hole course, which can be played as 18. Don't be put off by this -
Fly Fishing -
There are a number of walks in and around Rothes, which are well signposted and there's a map next to the burn that cuts through Rothes. The 30 minute Castlehill walk takes in Glen Rothes Distillery and passes close to the graveyard. Follow the path up the hill, which circuits the golf course and out onto the ruins of Rothes Castle.
Rothes Castle was built around the 1200's but there is not much evidence of its existence apart from one wall. It is situated on a mound with commanding views across the Glen. King Edward I stayed here for a few days. An infamous figure in Scotland -
There are three main mountain biking routes on Ben Aigan to the East of Rothes. Rated difficult, severe and extreme -