Cosy little town... Always smells good... (the whisky from the stills!!)
Try the whisky!! You'll get fun.
Massive company but they still present a really friendly family feel. Free tour (unusual these days) with a tasting after is a must for those who'd like to see a distillery but really don't want to spend a lot...well anything actually! Very professional - six languages offered, the lady was happily chatting n french when I was there.Unless your in...more
Situated next to the Glenfidich distillery and also part of the Grant family empire (William Grant founded five years after Glanfiddich). The Balvenie tour costs £25, lasts around 3 hours but is worth considering instead of/in addition to the Glenfiddich tour (basic tour for which is free). I've been on quite a number of tours and this was an...more
A stone castle was first built on this site in the 13th century on the site of a Pictish fort. Balvenie is an enclosed castle with a massive curtain wall. Despite its fortifications the castle never endured a major siege or battle.Mary Queen of Scots visited here in 1562, when thw castle was musch improved.Now in the care of Historic...more
Auchindoun Castle stands at the top of a hillside in dramatic scenery overlooking the surrounding hills.It was built about 1480 by Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Mar, a favourite of James III.It still has good architectural detail and it is surrounded by the remains of an Iron Age hillfort.Access is on foot via a good walk.In the care of Historic...more
As mentioned in my Dufftown page, this is one place that you will not miss. 99% probability of why you visit Dufftown, is Glenfiddich. Just watch out the opening hours. They are as follows:Weekdays: 9:30am - 4:30pm (excluding Christmas & New Year holidays)Saturdays: 9:30am - 4:30pmSunday: 12 noon - 4:30pmAdmission: Freemore
really great - in renovated rooms
very friendly service
Favorite Dish: Angus Steak
They have a lunch offer at moderat prices
We are going from Germany by Ryanair to Glasgow-Prestwick and than the motorway north. Leaving the motorway at Aviemore and drove on narrow local streets to DufftownCar rental was done on FTI Germany ( a carbroker ) and we got the brandnew cars from Hertz at the airport € 185,00 per week fully insuredmore
One of the newest and most northerly heritage railway in Scotland. You will enjoy the ever-changing colours and spectacular views as the train runs beside tumbling peat-tinted rivers through rich farmland, past dark green forests and alongside the placid Loch Park. This heritage railway is operated entirely by volunteers. The distance is about 22...more
Not only will this railway lead you to Dufftown from the north, it gives you the added experience of Scotland's newest preserved heritage railway.A single trip is 11 miles, whilst a round trip is 22 miles, taking 1 hour & 28 minutes. Trains run Easter - October (Saturdays and Sundays), with extra trains during 'The Spirit of Speyside Whisky...more
Before entering the shop, there's a sort of contained area with old wooden heavy doors with metal latch & this very interesting barrel display with straws on the floor & such ... probably I'm not very good at describing it, but it's a nice picture area for a little snapshot.
Outside the shop there is also a very nice pond with ducks swimming around & very nice landscaped area.
But of course .. there's more inside the shop ..
What to buy: Here you can find the widest range of the only Highland single malt Scotch whisky (including 'antique' ones! A must for collectors & whisky die-hards!). Plus, they come in a better price here since it's produced in the distillery just next door.
Other interesting produce from the distillery sold here includes miniatures of the whisky (I absolutely love them & being a fan of miniatures, it was simply irresistable for me .. they also come in nice presentation boxes for a gift/display storage). And have you ever tried whisky chocolate? Get it here! ;-)
Other local crafts are available here too .. so if you've been hunting for Scottish souvenirs to bring home, here's another place to lay your hands on them :-)
What to pay: Anything for tiny items from below 1 GBP to pricey stuff (e.g. matured or special edition whisky) costing thousands of pounds!
Luggage and bags:
Not much really, unless you plan to buy loads of stuff back as souvenirs & want somewhere to stash it in .. if you buy whisky, they are fragile items, but they come in proper cases, so don't worry about that.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Anything goes .. casual will be best especially when the weather gets a bit wet.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suppose you might have a first aid kit handy in your car. For toiletries, bring it if you're staying over in Dufftown or its vicinity .. but basically this is very much a day visit only, taking a few hours .. so you don't really need to stay overnight unless you're tired from driving.
Photo Equipment: Definitely .. as cameras are also allowed in the whisky distillery if you're visiting it & it's not every day that you get to take photos of those, unless you live near a distillery, hahah ;-) There's lots of scenic places along the way too, so definitely bring your photo gear with you!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not necessary unless you plan to camp in the freezing highlands .. well, it is not so bad in summer, but please don't try to consider this in late autumn & towards winter as Scottish weather is usually not very friendly then.
Miscellaneous: Got to bring some entertainment .. music, portable tv/DVD/game/etc. especially handy for those moments when you're stuck at snail's pace behind a slow-moving vehicle in the narrow winding road that leads to Dufftown, with not much opportunity to overtake.
Lower your Whisky Level by taking a walking Tour with the Speyside Ranger Service
Homepage - " Speyside way "
I really like this cute little well that says "Haste Ye Back!" not too far away from the distillery I visited. I'm sure it's easy to guess what that means, but if there's any amongst you who's still clueless, it means "come/visit again soon".
And just across the road & further up from this little well, is a bus stop & a farm next to it - & it so happened when I was there that day, the sheeps & lambs were grazing very near the fence & for once, they didn't run away! Most places I've been in Scotland so far where there's a farm & some sheep in it, they usually run off when they see silly tourists like myself walking up to them trying to take a photo. Guess this town has pretty tough sheeps .. or they're just so used to all the attention ;-)
Fondest memory: This was where I made my very first visit to a distillery .. & a single malt whisky distillery at that! I've always been keen to look at things & see how they work, were produced, etc., so this was the most wonderful experience for me.