Dufftown, Speyside

Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the small Speyside town of Dufftown in  Moray with population of about 1500.

Although essentially a planned town (unusual for Scotland) dating from 1817  the history of the settlement dates back to the 6th century when Mortlach Church was founded, one of the earliest Christian sites in Scotland.

Dufftown benefits from wide streets and a central square in which sits a clock tower as shown above. Inside the clock tower is the local museum.

Dufftown is perhaps best known for its connection with the local whisky industry. The town boasts its own whisky shop and eponymous distillery. Distilleries in close proximity include Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Macallan, Aberlour, Strathisla and Glen Grant.  Balvenie Castle is close by as is Speyside Cooperage.

For rail enthusiasts the Keith and Dufftown Railway is an eleven mile, private line linking the World’s Malt Whisky Capital, Dufftown, to the market town of Keith.

Balvenie Castle, Speyside

Balvenie Castle, Speyside, Scotland

 

Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside

Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

 

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

Clearly, Dufftown is an excellent base for touring the whisky and castles trails in the area.

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