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Dufftown Town Information

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Balvenie Castle, Dufftown - Photo © Anne Burgess
Balvenie Castle, Dufftown - Photo: Anne Burgess CCL

This is the self-proclaimed ‘Malt Whisky Capital of the World’ and is where the River Fiddich and Dullan Water meet. It was founded by James Duff, 4th Earl of Fife, in 1817. Both the Glenfiddich Distillery and the Balvenie Distillery are nearby. They offer a chance for visitors to see how single malts are created in a process that has changed little since malts were first produced here in the 19th century.

A clock tower in the village centre houses an interesting museum while Balvenie Castle – now a ruin – is one of the oldest stone-built castles in Scotland’s. Two miles from Balvenie are the ruins of 15th century Auchindoun which was virtually destroyed during a battle involving rival clans in the 16th century.