Until the early 1970s there was large apiary which was well known in the region and has lived on in the Scottish country dance "The Bees of Maggieknockater". The meaning of Maggieknockater is "field of the fuller" or "plain of the hilly ridge" and has nothing to do with a woman called Maggie. At nearby Gauldwell Castle (now only with one partial wall left standing) Mary Queen of Scots is reputed to have spent the night. The school was closed in the 1960s and the chapel was turned into a home in the early 1970s. What was once a smithy is now a garage still in the hands of the Maclean family. Maggieknockater once had a post office; it opened in 1876 and closed in 1940.
Less than two miles heading east along the A95 from Maggieknockater is the site for Moray's most demanding Mountain Biking Trails - "The Moray Monster Trails". The trails were regenerated and improved during 2005 and 2006.
Dramming It Up; IAIN LUNDY Is in Fine Spirits after Sampling the Best in Whisky and Food on a Tour of Speyside
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