Walk: Walk it off up the Dounies

Moray | Rothes | Short walk | ★★

[View from Rothes Castle]

How should you fill your time after a whisky tasting if you're not quite fit to drive? Scotland's recently toughened drink driving laws have brought the issue into the limelight again, but if you've just toured Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes, never fear. Enter from stage right: The Dounies! These intimate, deep glens stretching back behind neighbouring Glenrothes Distillery are full of wildlife and waterfalls (and the distillery's water source), perfect for exploration. If you return via the hillside golf course, you'll pass the single remaining wall of 13th century Rothes Castle. Though not worth a visit by itself, the circuit goes right past the site of the castle, which pre-dates the town by some way.

[We forgot to take any photos in the main part of the Dounies, but this view of Back Burn next door gives an idea of what to expect]

📌 Walk: Walk it off up the Dounies ★★
Start / finish on New Street (A941) (street parking) near bridge over Burn of Rothes, Rothes village centre, G.R.: NJ 278492 ///tripped.diner.basics

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Glenrothes Distillery (no public access); Muckle (big) Dounie; Little Dounie; The Linn waterfall; Rothes Castle; Glen Spey Distillery (no public access)
Terrain: Good earthy footpaths and clear tracks - walking boots shouldn't be required.

Route & map

Start - Glenrothes Distillery - Muckle Dounie - Little Doune - The Linn - Rothes Golf Club - Rothes Castle - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Just forest birds and sheep - but look out for red squirrels.
Weather: Mostly cloudy but dry; humid with little wind.

Also on this walk

📌 Rothes Castle
Just off the access road to Rothes Golf Course, 2-min walk south of Rothes village centre, G.R.: NJ 277490 ///wiring.decent.distilled
Always open | Free

💬 If not doing the full walk, closest parking to the castle is on High Street (A941), G.R.: NJ 278490 ///shipwreck.humid.tomato. Walk up the road signposted to the golf course / castle - castle is on the right after a very short distance.

[Glen Spey Distillery]


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