It is also one of the main centres of the Scotch whisky industry, with a high concentration of single maltdistilleries in the region, including the Glenfiddich distillery and the Balvenie distillery. The term Strathspey usually refers to the upper part of the strath from the source of the Spey down to the capital, Grantown-on-Spey, whereas the Anglicised form, Speyside, refers to the whole area down to the mouth of the river at Spey Bay.
Recently there has been some controversy over attempts to Anglicise the name into Spey Valley. The tourist area from the south starts at Dalwhinnie and continues North along the A9 towards Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore and on towards Grantown-on-Spey. The Canadian merchant Robert Simpson, founder of Simpson's department store, was born here in 1834.