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Gaelic: Creag Eileachaidh
Craighellachie bridge.jpg
The bridge at Craighellachie
Grid reference: NJ288451
Location: 57°29’24"N, 3°11’13"W
Post town: Aberlour
Postcode: AB38
Dialling code: 01340
Local Government
Council: Moray

Craigellachie is a small village in Banffshire, at the confluence of the River Spey (which forms the border with Morayshire) and River Fiddich. It is in walking distance of the town of Aberlour.

The name means "rocky hill" and was first applied to the cliff on which much of the village is sited, above the River Spey. Craigellachie dates back to at least 1750, when there was a ferry across the Spey where today's village now stands. It also stands at the intersection of the A95 road from Keith to Aberlour and the A941 from Rothes to Dufftown.

Craigellachie has two malt whisky distilleries, Craigellachie and The Macallan (on the opposite bank of the Spey in Morayshire) and is home to the Speyside Cooperage.

Craigellachie Bridge over the River Spey was built by Thomas Telford in 1814. A plaque on one of the castellated towers guarding the entrance to the bridge records that the metalwork was cast in Wales: another that the bridge was restored to this, something like its original condition, in 1964. The bridge is a remarkable piece of engineering, and can be viewed from above or below.

Craigellachie is an important stopping off point on the Speyside Way, a long distance path from Buckie in the north to Aviemore in the south.

Places of interest

Notable places in Craigellachie include the Fiddichside Inn, Highlander Inn, as well as the Craigellachie Hotel. A notable nearby sight is Balvenie Castle. Many distilleries are in the area and available for touring, including most notably, The Macallan, Aberlour, Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet.

Craigellachie Golf Club (now defunct) first appeared 1898 – the club continued until the late 1930s.[1]

Name connection

Craigellachie in British Columbia is named after the village and is the place where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven in November 1885.[2]


  1. “Craigellachie Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.
  2. Akrigg, G.P.V. and Akrigg, Helen (1970) 1001 British Columbia Place Names, p. 46. Vancouver: Discovery Press

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