Explore the unique Dufftown Golf Course and treat yourself to a whisky tasting at Glenfiddich Distillery and a visit to the famous Whisky Shop. Have lunch at the Sidings Café to keep you going all day. If golf is not your thing then maybe enjoy a unique train ride to Keith?
Dufftown Golf Club (1 mile outside Dufftown on the B9009) is an 18-hole course set amongst the most breath-taking scenery in Speyside, the heart of the malt whisky country. Visitors return regularly to enjoy golf in this beautiful Banffshire setting where two of the holes (7th & 10th) feature in “Britain’s 100 Extraordinary Golf Holes” by Geoff Harvey and Vanessa Strowger.
The 10th Hole also featured in Sam Torrance’s ‘Ultimate Fantasy Course’ and was in very good company as some other holes featured were from Royal Dornoch, Troon, Carnoustie and St Andrews!
Enjoy a ride on the historic train between Dufftown and Keith. Once part of the national railway network it is now a tourist attraction that operates on Friday/Saturday/Sunday in the summer season (starting 29 March 2024) and on special event dates. Along the way you will pass through some spectacular scenery and glimpse the varied wildlife to be seen along the route, including red squirrels, deer, buzzards and other large birds of prey. The train will climb through dense pine forests, pass along the tranquil waters of Loch Park, wind through the valley of the river Isla and descend through rolling fields to its destination in Keith. Tickets can be booked online.
Currently open Wednesday – Sunday from 09:30am with the last tour departing at 3.30pm. The gift shop is open 7 days a week from 10.30am-5pm. In the Whisky Lounge you can sample most whiskies from Glenfiddich and its sister company The Balvenie. Also teas, coffees and sandwiches are available.
For lunch we can highly recommend the Sidings Café, right next to Glenfiddich Distillery. Sidings is a quirky 30-seater café located in two 1950s railway carriages at Dufftown Railway Station. Reservations recommended as this café is popular both with tourists and locals. Open during the summer season from 12 March 2024.
For more than 500 years, Balvenie was a mighty stronghold – initially for the Comyn earls of Buchan, who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland. Robert the Bruce overthrew the powerful lords in 1306, taking Balvenie Castle in 1308.
28 Jul to 30 Sept: Thur to Sat, 9.30am to 5.30pm
End your day with a browse in the famous Whisky Shop in Dufftown.