Scotland’s first Scot’s Toun is home to many shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, takeaways, hairdressers, beauty salons and visitor attractions so whether you’re looking for your next holiday, short break or just a day out then Keith has everything you need for a relaxing and fun filled day.
Keith is also circled by the Northeast 250, which is a road trip designed to showcase the stunning scenery and explore the rich culture and heritage that the North East of Scotland has to offer. A short detour from the main route at Fochabers will see you sampling the delights of Keith in under 15 minutes. Keith and area is rich in history and the town is fortunate to have a skilled collective of volunteers who work tirelessly – and very professionally – to capture the area’s heritage. For more information please visit http://kadhg.org.uk/.
One of the reasons to visit Keith is to see Scotland’s oldest continually operating distillery, Strathisla, where you can also start or finish the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail. The trail is the only trail of its kind in the world and features over half of Scotland’s distilleries. Keith is also home to Strathmill and Glen Keith Distilleries with Aultmore, Auchriosk and Glentauchers all situated within the Keith region.
In addition there are many other sights to see and events to take part in such as the TMSA Keith Festival which runs every June and showcases Scotland’s vibrant, living indigenous heritage of traditional music and song as an intrinsic part of our national identity, as well as Keith Show. Keith Show takes place in August and has been running since the 1870’s having replaced the “Simmereve Fayre” which dates back to the 1700’s. It features prize winning livestock, a variety of family entertainment and many different exhibitions, demonstrations and traders.
Keith is also home to an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, bowling club, skate park, sports hall and swimming pool with sauna and gym facilities.
Another popular attraction, with visitors and locals alike, is Keith & Dufftown Railway. This is Britain’s most northerly heritage railway, is 13 miles long, runs between Keith and Dufftown, and offers the chance to see some spectacular scenery and if you’re lucky red squirrels, deer, buzzards and other large birds of prey. The railway operates Friday-Sunday from Easter to September with additional events such as the very popular Santa train.
For more information on all upcoming events please visit our Events page.
If you prefer to explore on foot then why not download or pick up from Keith Library one of the Walks Around Keith leaflets below which are also full of interesting information. Alternatively you could walk or cycle the 13 mile route of the Isla Way which links Keith to Dufftown, or explore using the self guided Treasure Hunt Trail which is available to purchase from Treasure Trails.
The circular trail starts near Keith & Dufftown Railway and uses clues found on buildings, features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure. The trail costs £6.99 and can be purchased from www.treasuretrails.co.uk. However you choose to explore be sure to be on the lookout for decorated rocks that are hidden as part of Moray Rocks. If you’re lucky enough to find one take a photo and post it on Moray Rocks Facebook page before rehiding your find (you’ll know it’s a Moray Rocks rock as it should say on the back).
For further information on places to visit please view our explore section.
- Keith Paths Leaflet- Braehead & Cottage WoodCottage-Wood
- Keith Paths Leaflet- The Denwell- Braehead Circuit
- Keith Paths Network Mapboard- map showing promoted paths
- Paths Around Keith Leaflet- Auchindachy and Mill of Towie Walks
- Paths around Keith Leaflet- Dunnyduff and The Den
- Paths Around Keith Leaflet- The Green Roadies