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Dufftown

A SHORT walk around the town known as Scotland's whisky capital because of its phenomenal production. Just driving there takes you past a veritable who's who of malt whisky distilleries, the names of which even teetotallers would recognise.

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Distance/Time:

1.75 miles; one to one and a half hours.

Where to park:

Follow A941 into the town. Park at the top of Balvenie Street under the clock.

Refreshments:

A number of cafes and pubs in the town.

Other things to do while in the area:

Whisky Museum on Fife Street, near the clock tower. Many distilleries in the area, the closest being Glenfiddich, which you pass on the A941 on the way into town and which has a visitor centre.

The walk:

Leave the clock tower, where Moray Council has installed an information board about walks in the area, and head down Balvenie Street. After about 500 yards you reach a memorial garden as a fine view of the surrounding hills emerges. Go into the garden through the metal gate and follow a sign for Tomnamuidh Widd - rough translation "the town's wood". Take the path behind the war memorial up into the wood. After about 50 yards, take a path on the left towards a fence on the edge of the wood and head right up the hill. The path follows the fence to reach two green benches and there are magnificent views over the massive expanse of the Glenfiddich Distillery, home of the only Highland single malt that is distilled, matured and bottled in the same place. To the left is 13th century Balvenie Castle, home of the Comyn earls of Buchan until it was taken by The Bruce. It fell into ruin in the 18th century. From the benches drop down to the castle, in the care of Historic Scotland.

From the benches, follow the path to the right. Keep right then take a path to the left with wide-spaced wooden steps. This takes you to a wooden hand-rail which you follow down to the right above the site of the Glendullan Distillery, next to the River Fiddich. Ignoring another handrail on the left, keep going past a green marker post and uphill slightly until the path reaches a field. At the end of the field, follow a track by a playing field to reach a road (Mount Street). Go left at the end of the road, past old tennis courts and come out near a 19th century cottage hospital (now a health centre). Go left here then right, up Fife Street, to pass the Whisky Museum and back to the clock tower.

Map reference:

Ordnance Survey Landranger map 28, ref 324399.

 
 
 

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