Walk the Queen's View, Aberlour

The best view in the Spey valley, photo by Walkers Shortbread

We think our home in Speyside is the most beautiful place in the world, which is why we want to share the best view in the Spey valley with you!

This local walk takes you from the The Speyside Way from either Aberlour or Craigellachie through woodlands uphill to a beautiful viewpoint. This viewpoint is known as the Queen’s View, Aberlour.

It is well worth the hike, one of our favourite local walks. The start of the walk kicks off right next to Walkers Shortbread’s head office, Aberlour House and you might even smell our delicious shortbread baking as you start the climb!

The walk: Queen’s View

20-30 minutes moderate walk, uphill.

1. From the main road A95 turn off (from either the Aberlour or Craigellachie direction) and take the road signed 'Bluehill Quarry'.

From the main road A95 turn off (from either the Aberlour or Craigellachie direction) and take the road signed 'Bluehill Quarry'.

2. Pass under the small arched bridge and continue straight up the road.

1.	Pass under the small arched bridge and continue straight up the road.

3. Continue a short distance up the road where there is a lay-by next to a gate on the left and a small area to park. Enter at the gate and join the small woodland path.

Continue a short distance up the road where there is a lay-by next to a gate on the left and a small area to park. Enter at the gate and join the small woodland path.

4. Follow the woodland path to the left leading downhill slightly and very quickly the first intersection will appear (You can also take the right path here as it loops round to join the main path later, both paths end at the viewpoint eventually).

Follow the woodland path to the left leading downhill slightly and very quickly the first intersection will appear (You can also take the right path here as it loops round to join the main path later, both paths end at the viewpoint eventually).

5. At the intersection, take the path on the right here that starts to climb slightly uphill.

At the intersection, take the path on the right here that starts to climb slightly uphill.

6. After walking up the woodland path for a short distance, there is a second intersection. Here take the left path continuing uphill. (Taking the right path takes you back down towards the start. This path on the right is the path from the gate entrance that loops round to join the main path to the viewpoint).

After walking up the woodland path for a short distance, there is a second intersection. Here take the left path continuing uphill. (Taking the right path takes you back down towards the start. This path on the right is the path from the gate entrance that loops round to join the main path to the viewpoint).

7. Approaching the top of the hill take the path that curves round to the left. The Speyside Cooperage is visible in the distance on the right across the field. Turn around (or on the way back down) and there is a great view of the summit of Ben Rinnes above the trees.

Approaching the top of the hill take the path that curves round to the left. The Speyside Cooperage is visible in the distance on the right across the field. Turn around (or on the way back down) there is a great view of the summit of Ben Rinnes above the trees.  

8. Curve left on the path and a small clearing will appear with a view across the Spey valley. Congratulations you have reached the Queen's View! There is even two wee seats, so you can enjoy your favourite Walker’s product with a flask of tea whilst enjoy the stunning view. Looking across at the Spey, the Walkers Shortbread bakeries and the village of Aberlour are on the left of the river nestled in the trees. Across the other side of the river on the right The Macallan distillery, our neighbours, are visible. 

Curve left on the path and a small clearing will appear with a view across the Spey valley. Congratulations you have reached the Queen's View! There is even two wee seats, so you can enjoy your favourite Walker’s product with a flask of tea whilst enjoy the stunning view. Looking across at the Spey, the Walkers Shortbread bakeries and the village of Aberlour are on the left of the river nestled in the trees. Across the other side of the river on the right The Macallan distillery, our neighbours, are visible.

For other local walks check out our blog post here: 
https://www.walkersshortbread.com/blog/post/7-great-hikes-and-walks-speyside/