Gateway to the so-called ‘Malt
Whisky Trail’, Keith hosts Scotland’s oldest
working malt whisky distillery, Strathilsa, but
there are many other distilleries in the nearby
hills. The Auld Brig o’ Keith, dating from 1609,
is one of two historic bridges that join Keith to
Fife Keith. The ruined Milton Tower was once the
home of the Oliphant family.
Keith was the birthplace of James Gordon Bennett whose name has become synonymous with a mild expletive. The originator of ‘chequebook journalism’, he was both founder and editor of the New York Herald in the 19th century.