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Birchbrae is located in a rural setting on a farm access track in the small community of Mulben about 4 miles from the lovely market town of Keith where GlenIsla whisky is distilled.   If you want to do nothing but to relax in peace and quiet then enjoy the peaceful rural setting by the log fire or in the hot tub in the garden.  If you are keen to do a bit more Birchbrae is surrounded by beautiful forest walks and nature trails including the Speyside Way which is only 1 mile away.  There are newly constructed mountain bike trails on Ben Aigan and the nearby forestry .   Hillwalkers can also enjoy Ben Aigan and nearby Ben Rinnes as well as being within good travelling distance of the Cairngorms and the Aberdeenshire hills.   In winter the Ski Centres at The Lecht and Cairngorm are under an hour's drive away.   Only 2 mins from Birchbrae is the House of Mulben where you can experience clay pigeon & game shooting, quad biking, trout fishing, archery, off road driving , whisky and ale tasting and many other activities.  Contact www.houseofmulben.com. The Moray towns and coastal villages are picturesque with many receiving "Best in Bloom" gardening awards.  The coastal villages have lovely harbours and traditional buildings.   Check out the golden sandy beaches at Lossiemouth and Burghead which stretch for miles.  The historical town of Elgin is only 12 miles away (25 mins by car).  It has a bustling town centre with a range of shops including many independant retailers as well as the larger supermarkets and chain stores.   Elgin Cathedral and Biblical Garden are only two of the many beautiful historic sites and gardens.   Moray has numerous historic buildings and sights to visit.   For a day trip travel to Inverness or Aberdeen both of which are about 90 mins from Mulben.   Some of our guests have also travelled even further to Loch Ness, Fort William, Ullapool and even Skye! Throughout the year Moray hosts many traditional festivals, Highland games, farming shows and sporting events in the summer months e.g. The Clavie at Burghead, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (Fochabers), Speyfest (Fochabers), The Keith Argricultural Show, Piping Hot Pipers (Forres), Portsoy Traditional Boat festival.It is the ideal location for fishing, golfing, cycling, hill walking, rambling, horse riding and other outdoor sports. Many of the Whisky distillerys have visitor centres and provide tours throughout the year.  The independant and locally based companies of Baxters of Speyside (Soups & Preserves), Johnstons of Elgin (Cashmere & Woollens), Walkers of Aberlour (Shortbread), Gordon McPhails (Whisky Specialists) and Deans of Huntly (Shortbread) all have good visitor centres and retail shops.  Enjoy eating out at a range of restaurants serving the finest and freshest foods from Moray. There are over 50 whisky distilleries in Moray.  Take a distillery tour and enjoy a wee dram or visit Speyside Cooperage to see the whisky barrels being made. There are numerous activities for children ( and the grown ups too) including go karting, sailing, speedboat trips, wildlife walks, dolphin watching, aquarium and most popular is mountain bike riding in the forests around Moray.    For wet days there is 10 pin bowling, soft play, Moray Leisure Centre and the cinema or an icecream or milkshake from one of the many cupcake filled tearooms around the area.  You will not be bored whatever the weather!