Positioned halfway between Aberdeen and Inverness in the heart of Speyside is the small market town of Dufftown. Dubbed the ‘malt whisky capital of the world’, this vibrant and thriving Highland village is located in the centre of Scotland’s malt whisky distilling region with much of the town’s tourism being centred on the distilleries. With seven working distilleries nearby, Dufftown really is the ideal setting to immerse yourself in the areas whisky related cultural heritage and participate in a wide range of traditional Scottish activities and entertainment.
Things to see and do
Take a detailed tour of the family run Glenfiddoch Distillery, makers of the worlds bestselling single malt or visit the Five Star award winning exhibition at the Speyside Cooperage. Pop into the Whisky Museum which tells the story of the water of life and houses a selection of distillery memorabilia. The biannual Spirit of Speyside whisky festival is a must for all enthusiasts while the Whisky Line steam train will take visitors on a beautiful route between Dufftown and Keith.
The last Saturday of July sees the return of the annual Dufftown Highland Games which provides the ideal outing for all the family. Offering a range of activities from sporting events, massed pipe bands, races and highland dancing, there’s something for everyone at this traditional Scottish event.
Situated on the banks of the rivers Fiddich and Dullan and at the foot of the Conval Hills, the town is ideally situated for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. Anglers will find a great variety of water and locations to fish locally, from the world-famous salmon fisheries at Strathspey to challenging trout fishing at Loch Park.
If walking and hiking are your thing then you’ll find numerous trails to suit all ages and abilities from short strolls to long distance routes over high mountains. Scale the twin summits of Ben Rinnes or trek the wayward paths of the remote and unspoiled landscapes of the Glenlivet Crown Estate to witness the spectacles of the surrounding scenery.
Visitors can take advantage of year-round golfing at Dufftown Golf Course, one of the highest courses in Scotland. Offering a warm welcome and the finest hospitality, the club offers golfers the opportunity to take on the challenging 18-hole course while being surrounded by breath-taking scenery.
The town is ideally based for winter sports enthusiasts, being located not 30mins from the Lecht and 60mins from Aviemore. The Nordic skiing trails at Huntly and Clashindarroch Forest are a few miles to the east.
Despite its relatively small size, the town boasts a variety of shops and businesses that cater for the needs of residents and visitors alike. With two supermarkets, a butcher, bakeries and the Whisky Shop, shoppers can sample a range of the finest local produce that the area has to offer. Local art, crafts and collectables can be purchased from a selection of galleries and gift shops that offer a range of unique mementos of the area.
The distinctive regional fayre provides an abundance of quality produce which is served throughout the towns many restaurants and cafes. With many fantastic places to eat such as the bustling café at the Glenlivet visitor centre and the converted malt barn at Glenfiddoch, visitors are sure to experience a range of dining experiences while always tasting the finest flavours and ingredients.