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 rivers Fiddich and Dullan 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. It involves every one from barley farmers to the Customs officers who ensure there are no irregularities with the duty due on the town's spirits.
Whether you already know the north-east of Scotland or are just thinking of visiting, we are sure you will 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.
Whatever the reason you come here, enjoy your visit and, as we say in Scotland: "Haste ye back!"
The Dufftown & District Community Association are once again planning the Christmas Extravaganza to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas Lights on Sunday 27th November from 2pm ~ 4.30pm in Dufftown Square and Balvenie Street. This follows a very successful event last year when over 1,000 people attended, providing an opportunity for local crafters, charities and businesses to benefit.
The next Arc Sessions concert is on Saturday 10th December at Inchberry Hall with the fantastic singer Emily Smith.
"Mult-award winning Sottish folksinger Emily Smith has been a leading voice of the Scottish folk scene for over a decade. Emily’s career began in 2002 when she became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Subsequent accolades include Scots Singer of the Year 2008 and 2014 and two nominations at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012.
2016 sees the release of her sixth solo album ‘Songs for Christmas’ - a beautifully crafted album of songs that inspire, comfort and celebrate Christmas and the winter season. Joining Emily on 2016’s ‘Songs for Christmas’ tour are talented multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Anna Massie (guitar and fiddle). The ‘Songs for Christmas’ tour is a unique, family friendly, Christmas night out!"
Emily Smith ‘Songs for Christmas’ with support from Milnes High School Fiddlers
Saturday 10th December
Inchberry Hall, Fochabers, IV32 7QB
Tickets: Adults £12 // Concession/Student £10 // 16 and under £6
Buy your tickets on line: Book tickets here
Tom Gerrie, the Production Manager at Tomintoul Distillery retires in November. Tom has been a great supporter of Dufftown 2000 over the years in hosting Distillery tours during the 2 Whisky Festivals, supporting the summer nosing and tasting evenings and the Whisky Fair in May each year. In recognition of his outstanding support, Tom was incorporated as an Honorary Mate of the Whisky Museum.
We all wish Tom and long and happy retirement.
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.
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