Portknockie is set between two challenging and different traditional Scottish links golf courses – two miles to the east is Cullen Golf Club – course may be short on yardage but it requires pin-point accuracy and good club selection to not spoil your score card – three miles west is Strathlene Golf Club – more length but with undulating fairways, not too large greens and a host of other hazards serves to provide a different challenge altogether. Not too far afield (actually all within a 45 minute car drive) there are around fifteen golf courses – links and inland – flat and/or slopes – all with different challenges and variety of terrain and scenery- to choose to visit and play. This is truly an area all golfers should try at least once. There being so many golf courses to choose from in the area tee times are rarely congested and green fees are reasonably priced . Packages can be arranged upon request – including groups of up to 8 (dependent on room availability).
This area is a popular destination for both keen and ‘social’ walkers. Portknockie is the starting point or en route to several local walking routes (cliff top, coastal and inland). The village has 6 ‘designated’ local walking routes which have been chosen to enable visitors to enjoy the spectacular views in and around the village. For more challenging walks and different terrain the Cairngorm Mountains are a short car drive inland or there are some forest and woodland walks close by.
Malt Whisky Trail
The world famous Malt Whisky Trail starts just up the road. Glenglassaugh Distillery is an iconic single malt Scotch whisky distillery located just beyond the boundary of the Speyside region in the north-east of Scotland, close to the small town of Portsoy and picturesquely sited high above the dramatic Sandend Bay. Local barley and good supplies of pure water ensure that whisky of the highest quality is made here. The River Spey flows into the Moray Firth at Spey Bay, about 8 miles west along the coast from Portknockie, after being fed by the precipitation from the Cairngorm Mountains and surrounding area. Follow the River Spey, by road, inland and watch out for the Malt Whisky Trail signs which direct you to a fantastic selection of whisky distilleries which have visitor centres and guided tours – by the time you’ve visited a few you will become quite an expert on the Scottish National ‘dram’.
Whilst the village of Portknockie is too small to sustain any of the major High Street chain stores you do not have to travel too far to top up on retail therapy. Inverness and Aberdeen are the two major cities of the North and North East of Scotland and are around the same distance from Portknockie (each around an hour and a half drive at an easy pace on good roads with marvellous scenery) They both have excellent Shopping Centres as well as a great deal of other things and places to do and see. Closer by, Buckie (4 miles west) has a good selection of shops, banks and facilities. A little further on lies the historic City of Elgin, which has a small shopping centre and a very good selection of well known High Street stores and smaller local.