Dufftown

[Balvenie Castle]

Dufftown is probably the whisky capital of Scotland, and therefore the world. Although not actually on the River Spey, the village is an essential waypoint on Speyside's Malt Whisky Trail, and home to half a dozen distilleries producing Speyside whisky. World-famous Glenfiddich Distillery and little-known Balvenie Distillery are on the north side of town and both offer tours. The village itself isn't particularly exciting, but enjoying your visit here doesn't have to depend on downing drams. There's also an imposing 13th century castle and a heritage railway taking visitors 11 miles through varied Moray countryside to the village of Keith. The railway station, castle and both distilleries offering tours are all within a few minutes' walk of each other (although a little way from the centre) - combine them all for a perfect day out.

[Still House at Glenfiddich Distillery]

Name: Dufftown ☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NJ 324400 / farmed hiring crew

Within walking distance

Name: Balvenie Castle ☆☆☆
Description: Ruined seat of the Comyn earls of Buchan, with a huge curtain wall the dominant feature.
Location: Castle Road, 15-min walk north from the centre, G.R.: NJ 326409 / built novels seat
Open (2017): April to September
Cost (2017): £5 (adults), £3 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members

Name: Keith & Dufftown Railway ★☆☆
Description: Heritage railway also known as "The Whisky Line", linking Dufftown to Drummuir and Keith.
Location (Dufftown station): Station Road, 20-min walk north from the centre, G.R.: NJ 322414 / gained observes lectured
Open (2017): Generally Friday to Sunday, mid-April to September, but check website.
Cost (2017): £11 (adults), £5 (children) for return ticket

>> see Speyside whisky region post for Balvenie Distillery; Glenfiddich Distillery ★★☆
>> see separate post for Walk: Giant's Cradle & a Linen Apron ★☆☆

[Even the café at the Keith & Dufftown Railway is an old railway carriage!]

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