Area Information

Willowbank Guest House is situated in the Cairngorms National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and one which most visitors will wish to explore and enjoy.  The area and its activities are so varied and diverse that there will be something to suit everyone’s taste, whether it be wildlife, distilleries or castles.


The Cairngorms National Park is a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts. Certain flora and fauna can be found nowhere else in the doorstep!

The Anagach woods, a pleasant 5 minute stroll away from Willowbank Guest House, is the home to many creatures that we in the Highlands, take for granted.

Roe Deer can be seen along the side of the Kylintra Burn, feasting away on the fresh green shoots in the meadow. The Crested Tit is a permanent resident in the Anagach woods, along with the Crossbill and Scottish Crossbill. These three species, along with the Dippers, Little Grebe, Sand Martin, Osprey and the rare Capercaille, are why visitors from far afield come to this area.


Outdoor Activities

For the more active visitors, these are a plethora of sporting opportunities, both on land and on water. The River Spey plays host to kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and salmon fishing, whereas dry land offers hiking, rock climbing, pony trekking, clay pigeon shooting, mountain biking, to name but a few. Whatever your ability or inclination, there is something for everyone.

Castles and Distilleries

If history and tradition, or a wee dram of whisky are more to your liking, then you are again spoilt for choice.

The Speyside distilleries are on your doorstep, as is the famous Malt Whisky Trail. Take a tour, sample the whiskies, and maybe take a bottle home to add to your collection.

The area also has some superb castles to explore, including Ballindalloch, Cawdor, and Brodie Castle, all with fascinating histories and wonderful grounds to explore.  A great way to spend an afternoon.