Welcome to Dufftown

A vibrant and thriving Highland community that invites visitors to participate in a wide range of traditional Scottish activities and entertainment throughout the year.

Set in the heart of Speyside in north eastern Scotland, Dufftown is situated on the banks of the River Fiddich and the Dullan Water at the foot of the Conval Hills.

Like other villages of its period, Dufftown has spacious streets laid out in a regular plan. The four main streets converge at the Clock Tower, which was completed in 1839. The Clock Tower was originally the town jail, became the Tourist Information Centre and is now vacant. The Visitor Information Point is now located in the Whisky Museum.

Whisky making is the life blood of Dufftown. From the farmers who grow the finest malting barley to the distillers and the coopers, without Whisky, Dufftown could no longer proclaim itself the "Malt Whisky Capital of the World".

Whether you already know the north-east of Scotland or are just thinking of visiting, you are sure to find Dufftown and the surrounding area a beautiful part of the Highlands and a unique opportunity to escape from the pressures of 21st century living. For more information about Dufftown why not browse our Dufftown online brochure.

Whatever the reason you come here, enjoy your visit and, as we say in Scotland: "Haste ye back!"

What's New

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival - Cancelled

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Below is the notification fron the Festival Team received yesterday:

"It is with heavy hearts that we make the following announcement. In response to the escalating situation with Co-vid 19, the Board of Directors have decided this morning that this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is cancelled as a preventative measure. Each year we welcome visitors to Speyside from across the globe and it is our priority to keep both our visitors and the local community safe. We will be issuing a Press Release as well as updating our website and Social Media platforms later today. We very much appreciate your support and hope you will understand our decision on this."

We have approved a full refund from Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival for all our events. Refunding all the guests will take some time so please be patient.

Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival 2020

After some deliberation we have decided on the dates for the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival.  We toyed with the idea of reverting to the traditional dates of the last full weekend in September, so that the festival could be supported by the Keith Dufftown Railway; they close their doors on 30 September for the season.  They specially extended the season in 2019 to accommodate the October dates and unfortunately ran at a significant loss which they will not repeat. So the festival will be Thursday 8 October to Monday 12 October 2020. Holding the Autumn Whisky Festival is under constant review and a decision will be made in June 20.

Whisky Nosing and Tastings - Summer 2020

2020 sees a major change of format for the Nosing and Tasting Evenings and a change of venue. For us to be able to deliver a programme during the summer, in the face of some reluctance from Distilleries to support the evenings, we have developed 3 individual tastings,  The Dufftown Drams – The 5 working Distilleries of Dufftown: Around the Ben - Whiskies who source their water from Benrinnes: Secret Speysides – The lesser known distilleries of Speyside, which will allow us to publish the programme much earlier in the year.

With the sale of the Commercial Hotel in Dufftown we have lost the use of the Function suite as our regular venue. The Royal British Legion have kindly agreed for us holding the nosing and tasting evenings in their Hall. Holding the Whisky Nosing and Tasting evenings is under constant review and a decision will be made in June 20.

The Whisky Trail Bus

The Whisky Trail bus service is a new service introduced by Stagecoach and allows you to visit 12 Speyside Distilleries with a Sunday service from 8 July to 27 October 2019. The No 36 bus travels through Speyside and links with the No 10 service to Forres and Keith. 

The full bus timetable is available by clicking here

Scotch Hopping in Scotland

The Americans have discovered our secret!  here is an excellent piece from the Washington Times on 6 Jan 17, well worth a read if you want to have a US view of Speyside!

A Night on the Dufftown

5 minutes to spare? then why not read this short e-zine article by Paul Stafford who visited Speyside in 2014.  His voyage of discovery included a visit to the Glenfiddich Distillery, the Fiddichside Inn and the Whisky Museum.  It's well worth  a read.  

The Clock Tower, Dufftown