Dufftown is rightly regarded as the Malt Whisky Capital of the world, with its seven distilleries, including Glenfiddich (open for visitors 7 days a week, which includes a tasting, so nominate a driver!).
You may be surprised to learn within a 25 mile radius of the lodge there are over 40 distilleries!
The car park is about a mile from the lodge. Take a left onto the road towards the distillery, then left again where the signpost says Ben Rinnes Parking. About 200yards up the hill is a car park on the left hand side. The ascent takes around two hours for the average walker, with spectacular views from the summit, where on a clear day you can see eight counties and the Moray Firth
Dufftown is the local town to the lodge, approximately five miles away, turning left onto the road. It is famous for its clock tower which at one time was the local jail, and its seven whisky distilleries. It has local shops including Co-Op for groceries and newspapers, and a Costcutter too.
There are a selection of coffee shops, restaurants and public houses, a whisky museum and whisky shop.
There is also a chemist and local hospital and health centre.
As with many of the local towns, there is an annual Highland Games, Dufftown’s taking place on the last Saturday of July.
Keith & Dufftown Railway
As late as the 1990s British Rail stopped using the line from Keith to Dufftown. Volunteers took over the running of the line, which is eleven miles long. Trains run at weekends and at special events from 30th March – 30th September. It is Britain’s most northerly preserved railway, and is 200yards from the Glenfiddich distillery.
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Learn the process of how the barrels are made for transporting the whisky, and the immense skill involved.
Well worth a visit, with a recommended coffee shop. Found at Craigellachie, 3 miles from Dufftown on the Elgin road.
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13th Century Balvenie Castle is situated on the hill opposite Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown.
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Ballindalloch Castle is a still-lived-in castle with extensive grounds, known as the pearl of the north.
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Auchindoun Castle is on the Cabrach road out of Dufftown, a 15th Century castle with a bloody past!
Four miles towards Dufftown is Dufftown Golf Club, an 18 hole course set in some of the most breathtaking scenery in Speyside. Of note is its 10th hole, which has a vertical drop from tee to fairway of about 200ft and another drop to the green of 130ft.
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We are adjacent to the Glenlivet Estate, a large area of outstanding natural beauty managed by the Crown.
Overlooked by the Cairngorm Mountains, there are many walks outdoor activities and a large complex of mountain bike trails to suit all capabilities.
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At 40 minutes away, the coast is closer than you think! Miles and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches await, with the Moray Firth’s popular Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay being a family favourite
The Lecht is one of Scotland’s five skiing resorts and is half an hour away from the lodge, near Tomintoul. You do not have to be a winter sports fanatic to enjoy the Lecht, it is open year round, and during the summer months you can take the chair lift to the summits to either take a stroll and return back down, or take your bike up with you and cycle down specially made trails.
Landmark Adventure Park is a forest adventure park in Carrbridge. It is very popular with younger families (and not so young!), and is a great day out. From roller coasters, log flumes, adventure play and forest walks, there is something for everyone.
One of the most famous salmon fishing rivers in the world is the River Spey. Famed for it’s quality fish, fishing the Spey is a highly regarded feat. The Spey flows locally through Aberlour and fishing can be arranged via local websites.
Set in the Highlands of Scotland in the historic Banffshire the local area has much to offer...
With outstanding panoramic views means you will experience Scotland at its best...
With whisky distilleries, fishing, mountain biking and castles to name but a few you certainly won't run out of things to do ...
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