The name ‘Dufftown’ is renowned in whisky circles. Without whisky, the Dufftown we know today wouldn’t exist.
There is a local saying – Where Rome was built on seven hills, Dufftown was built on seven stills. It’s no surprise that this town, with a population of just over 1600, claims the title of ‘Malt Whisky Capital of the World’.
Exploring Dufftown and beyond
Dufftown is tailor-made for exploring on foot. The imposing Dufftown Clock Tower stands in the town square and was once the local prison.
Walk south for nine minutes to reach the Mortlach Parish Church. Today’s church, originally built in the 1200s, has had several extensions and some remodelling. A visit isn’t complete without a stop in the kirkyard. Search out the Battle Stone, a 1500-years-old Pictish stone. Follow the river path for a relaxing, nature-filled circuit through the forest back to town.
Walk eighteen minutes north of the clock tower to get to Glenfiddich Distillery and Balvenie Castle. This medieval castle, built in the thirteenth century by the Black Comyns, is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). In an adjacent field, a small herd of friendly heilan coos grazes regularly.
Stop, say hi, take a few pictures, and then follow this trail south, through the trees. It will take you back to the village. A second, medieval HES property, Auchindoun Castle, is only a seven-minute drive away.
Nature enthusiasts, walkers, and adventurers love Dufftown.
Surrounded by hills, forests, and fields, this charming town promotes reconnecting with nature. Head west and climb the highest mountain in Moray – Ben Rinnes. The panoramic view from the top is breath-taking. The Ben (as it’s known locally) has a gentle, well-trodden path that makes it accessible to the newest hillwalker.
For those looking for a day-trek, the Isla Way has you covered. The 13-mile, five-hour, one-way trail links Dufftown and Keith.
For those looking for a more quintessential Scottish experience try golfing at Dufftown Golf Club. For visitors who couldn’t pack their kit, don’t fret: this eighteen-hole course has clubs for hire.
Accommodation in Dufftown
Dufftown is a popular destination for whisky and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s easy to see why. The rural town and area are teeming with distilleries, history, and adventure.
It is also a popular place to stay, particularly with whisky aficionados. The town is full of options – options for all budgets and needs. Dufftown hosts are passionate about their town, their whisky, and Speyside. Stay at one of the many hotels, B&Bs, and guest houses and you’ll have this resource to hand.
Interested in a self-catered experience? Rent a cottage or book a glamping experience.