Linn o Ruthrie and Birkenbush Wood

The Picts believed these waters to be sacred and the home of water spirits


The walk to Birkenbush Woods via the Linn o Ruthrie, follows a three mile (4.5km) ancient route that begins and ends at the Speyside Visitor Centre.


The walk is over generally level terrain with a short but steep ascent to the woods beyond the Linn o Ruthrie. This walk usually takes up to 3 hours with rests, etc.


Following the course of the Lour burn from it's junction with the River Spey, you will pass by the auld Krk o Skirdustan and the medieval packhorse Bridge before passing by Aberlour Distillery as you approach the magical  Linn o Ruthrie.


Enjoy the solitude and tranquility of the Birkenbush Wood with its abundance of wildlife, squirrel, roe deer, fox and the elusive pine marten before returning to the village by way of the Shean or Fairy Knowe, where  Hatton the fairmer spent a year and a day with the wee folk who lived there.


To arrange, call Ben on 07484280626    

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June 8th 2018. After almost a month of no rain in Aberlour, the water level in the pool at the Linn o Ruthrie had fallen considerably. This dry spell revealed the mysterious cave in the cliff opposite the path from Aberlour to the waterfalls.

There is a local legend that this cave is the haunt of "the beasts" who guard the treasure in the pool and that they will "come at you with "magic swords" if disturbed.

This cave, rarely seen, merely adds to the mystery and allure of this beautiful spot.

The cave in relation to the falls