SPRING In Keith

March

Inverness Half Marathon

14th March 2021

The Inverness ½ Marathon is the perfect Spring race if you’re looking for a post-lockdown event to keep you motivated and training.

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 2020.

This is a fine day for competitors and spectators alike.

April

The Taste of Nairn Festival

April 2021

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

28th April – 3rd May 2021

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.

Craigellachie Whisky Auction

Expected May 2021

We’re still waiting to hear when this magnificent charity auction will open its doors again but we hope and expect to see them back again in 2021

The Last Drop

3rd May 2021

I’m afraid that the opportunity to taste so many wonderful malts at once got the better of me at this event last year and I wasn’t in fit state the next morning either, but don’t let that put you off! This lively and social event marks the end of the Speyside Whisky Festival with a party in the heart of Dufftown. Many of the whiskies including unique and rare bottles which have been profiled and tasted throughout the festival are available for guests to revisit for an all inclusive price, accompanied by food and excellent live music.

Of all the events throughout the Speyside Festival fortnight, this is the one we’ll always be at.

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