Moray | Village |

[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]

Location & info

📌 Dufftown
Moray, G.R.: NJ 324400 ///farmed.hiring.crew

🚶 After nosing around the village centre, Glenfiddich Distillery, Balvenie Castle and a heritage railway are all a short walk north; our Giant's Cradle walk also starts nearby.
🚆🚌 The main bus route comes in from Elgin, though there are occasional other routes. A short walk out of town, the Keith & Dufftown Railway is mainly for tourists but can be used to get here from Keith on operating days.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Balvenie Castle ★★
💬 Ruined seat of the Comyn earls of Buchan, with a huge curtain wall the dominant feature.
Castle Road, 15-min walk north of the village centre, G.R.: NJ 326409 ///built.novels.seat
Open daily, April to September | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

📌 Keith & Dufftown Railway ★★★
💬 Heritage railway also known as "The Whisky Line", linking Dufftown and Keith.
Dufftown station (southwest terminus) is at Station Road, 20-min walk north of the village centre, G.R.: NJ 322414 ///gained.observes.lectured. Northeast terminus at Church Road (A95), Keith town centre, G.R.: NJ 429508 with intermediate stops at Drummuir and Towiemore.
Open on irregular dates from late March to September (mostly Friday to Sunday) - see website | £11 adult / £5 child for return ticket

>> Speyside whisky region page: Balvenie Distillery; Glenfiddich Distillery ★★★★
>> Walk: Giant's Cradle & a Linen Apron ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Auchindoun Castle ★★★ (2 mi ↓)

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


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