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Welcome to the Fiddichside Inn! 

Come and join the friendly atmosphere at our couthy, unspoiled, riverside pub where you will find no strangers - ‘only friends you haven’t yet met.’ 

Situated on the outskirts of the picturesque Speyside village of Craigellachie, by the River Fiddich, the pub has attracted visitors from far and wide for many years. They come not only for the fishing, whisky, walking and mixing with the locals but to immerse themselves in the laid-back relaxed way of life. You can bring a book and settle in the sun trap of the garden, lose yourself in thought down by the river or participate in lively debate with whoever happens to be in the pub at the time, with your favourite dram or pint, together with copious amounts of laughter and bonhomie. 

We can provide beautiful self-contained holiday accommodation in the attached cottage. Behind the cherry red front door there is the living/dining/kitchen area downstairs and 2 generous double sized bedrooms each with its own bath/shower room. This can be rented and is a real home from home.

Our History

Much More Than Your Regular Pub

The Fiddichside Inn is a welcoming, quaint riverside pub, oozing with history. It was originally built as "refreshment rooms" for the railway workers in 1842, and very little has changed since. 

In November 1919 Mr & Mrs Smith bought the pub when their daughter Dorothy was a baby. The pub was Dorothy's life. After her marriage to Joe, she continued to run the pub until her death in 2009 whereafter Joe took over until his death in 2017.

After Dorothy's death, her husband Joe managed the pub singlehandedly, welcoming people from all over the world. There have been a few changes over the years but, it remains as it was when the Smith family took ownership.

The new owner and staff nurture that same sense of community, and the pub continues to be a meeting place where lively conversation and a dram is what it is all about.

The Fiddichside Inn
The Fiddichside Inn

About Speyside

Rising in the southern part of the Monadhliath massif, the River Spey flows through some of the most beautiful scenery before disgorging its cool, clear waters 172 kilometres later at Spey Bay in the Moray Firth. It is the ninth longest river in Britain and the third longest and the fastest flowing in Scotland.


Renowned for its salmon, the river entices fishermen from all points of the compass to come and pit their wits against the King of Fish. But it is not only the fishing that draws people to Speyside: this area is rich in history with many fine examples of castles and other historical sites, as well as being home to over 50 distilleries, each producing its own distinctive ‘amber fluid’.


Taking its name from the river through which it flows, Speyside is a walkers’ paradise and a mecca for crafters and artists, who come for the unique quality of light, the vast open skies, breath-taking sunrises and sunsets and just for the sheer exuberance of the area. Once visited, it is never forgotten.


Over the years the Fiddichside Inn has played host to visitors from all walks of life, who come here to indulge their passion for whisky, castle hopping and munro-bagging, skiing, off-road driving, kayaking, white water rafting and, of course, fishing – you name it, it is here.


This diverse and stunningly beautiful area is mesmerising in any season – what are you waiting for?

Contact Us


Pub Opening Hours

Monday - Sunday: 1pm - 10:00pm

Please call Ali on 07841 357637 to check that we are still open if you are thinking of coming down later in the day. We will be thrilled to see you and will be there for you but we do close early if no one is in.


Due to Covid shielding, we are trying to cater for everyone and are offering the pub for private hire to anyone wishing to come to the pub after months of not being able to, in comfort and safety. Please accept and support this initiative acknowledging that we will be closed for private sessions on occasion. This will be flagged on Facebook.

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