To See and DoAll of the below is only a small sample of what the Speyside area of Dufftown has to offer. We invite guests from all over the world to come and experience this unique town for themselves!
Malt Whisky Capital of the World
As the Malt Whisky Capital of the World, Dufftown boasts several activities whisky lovers are sure to enjoy. The visitor centres at the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries offer guided tours that delve into the in-depth history of whisky making, making them must-visit attractions while in the area. In May and September, Dufftown also hosts two whisky festivals, where many distilleries that are usually closed to the public open their doors and offer special tours.
A short distance away from the Glenfiddich distillery lies the ruins of Balvenie Castle, one of two castles and several other historic buildings the town has to offer. For those looking for a more relaxing time, the Speyside Cooperage at Craigellachie offers a five-star visitor experience to those looking to learn more about the art of coopering.
Dufftown Railway Station
Dufftown Railway Station is located close to the Glenfiddich Distillery and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a short trip from Dufftown to Keith on one of the most northerly heritage railways in Scotland. While in Keith, you can also take a tour of the Strathisla Distillery and visit the Tartan Museum.
Dufftown Golf course
The Dufftown Golf course is one of the highest 18-hole golf courses in Scotland, offering scenic views of the surrounding areas from many of the holes. There are also many fishing options for keen anglers, with two rivers in Dufftown, Loch Park near Drummuir, the Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery near Auchinroath, and the world-famous River Spey all offering wonderful fishing opportunities.
During the winter, skiing is available about 30 minutes away from Dufftown at the Lecht Ski Centre or the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre, and around an hour away at Aviemore.
Dufftown is also an ideal base for touring the surrounding areas, with the Castle Trail, the Malt Whisky Trail, the Coastal Trail, and the Victorian Heritage Trail all in close proximity to the town.
Dufftown Highland Games
The town also hosts the Dufftown Highland Games on the last Saturday of every July and provides visitors with the opportunity to see all the traditional highland events and the massed pipe bands. At Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year celebrations, visitors can enjoy a free dram and shortbread in the Town Square while listening to the pipe bands and watching the fireworks. For an extra special experience, guests can book a private guided tour of Dufftown and its many distilleries or the surrounding area with Speyside Tours.