SPRING In Keith

March

Inverness Half Marathon

8th March

The Inverness ½ Marathon is the perfect Spring race to keep you motivated and training. This popular race follows a scenic route with great PB potential through the Highland capital of Inverness.

The route starts alongside the banks of the River Ness near the centre of Inverness and takes in many of the city’s icons. A warm Highland welcome awaits all runners as they approach the finish line on entering Queen’s Park Stadium at Inverness Sports Centre – achieved by nearly 3000 runners in 2019.

April

The Taste of Nairn Festival

12th April – 14th April

A three-day festival which will see ‘noodles’ of food and drink related events taking place in Nairn.

From a huge picnic in the park, gin and jazz, food related films, a beer and banter comedy night and an artisan market.

This festival is quirky and fun, I would recommend it every time. Nairn is a 50-min drive or  34-min train ride away, and with Isla Bank House just a stroll away from Keith Station its not necessary to avoid the odd glass of cheer.

May

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

1st May – 6th May

First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival’s annual celebration of Scotland’s national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. With a programme of over 500 whisky-inspired events over 5 days, the Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike.

Festival events take place throughout Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland, located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness.

Event venues are as varied as the experiences on offer – distilleries old and new, charming village halls, local whisky bars, historic castles, old steadings and the great outdoors – each guaranteeing an authentic experience. With activities taking place from Elgin in the North, Kingussie in the South to Keith in the East and Forres in the West, following the length of the River Spey to the sea (one of National Geographic’s ‘greatest coastlines’), the Festival brings this renowned whisky region to life as visitors from 54 countries are welcomed, greeted by locals as old friends.

The Logie Timber Festival

4th May – 5th May

Following on from last year’s successful Timber Festival on the Logie Estate 2020’s event is expected to attract even more country-craft practitioners to demonstrate their traditional and fascinating skills as well as to sell their wares.

Of particular interest to me is the wide selection of unique timbers available to buy from the ‘board-room’ at Logie, but if you’re not a wood-worker yourself you will still thrill at the demonstrations of wood-carving, carpentry, axe-craft and many more ‘woody’ experiences.

Craigellachie Whisky Auction

5th May

2020 will be the 8th year of this very popular charity auction which attracts buyers from across the globe. Last year’s auction featured over 167 lots of rare and exclusive whisky including a 25-year Macallan and a 30-year Macallan which sold for £2,000 and £1,900 adding to the funds raised by the auction which will go toward the restoration of the iconic Craigellachie bridge and local hall.

The Last Drop

6th May

This lively and social event marks the end of the Speyside Whisky Festival with a party in the heart of Dufftown. Many of the whiskys which have been profiled and tasted throughout the festival are available for guests to revisit accompanied by food and excellent live music.

Nick & Vena will always do their best to attend this event so if you are interested in tagging along let them know and they’ll secure tickets for you.

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