West Isles |
The attractive small town of Aberlour lies on the nght bank of the River Spey
below the Conval Hills. It was founded in 1812 by the local laird, Charles
Grant of Wester Elchies, and like many other villages of that period it was laid
out in a regular and spacious plan. It is said that the villagers used stones from
the bed of the River Spey to build the first houses. Aberlour is a noted salmon
angling centre. The surrounding countryside is excellent for birdwatching and
there are many riverside, woodland and hill walks starting from the village.
The village became nationally famous because of the Aberlour Orphanage.
Built in 1882, it provided a home for thousands of children until it closed in
1967. All that remains of the buildings is the tower which stands next to the
modern Speyside High School.
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