History, Culture and Nature

Lots of things to do and see in these neighbour villages: castle, falconry, shortbread factory, water falls and a bit of whisky if you want to.

From the clock tower head down Five Street and turn right onto the A920 to Huntly (30 minute drive) to visit Huntly castle (open from 19 August), the seat of one of medieval and Renaissance Scotland’s most powerful families. See the heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes fitting for the home of the earls of Huntly, now a noble ruin. (pre booking required).

Also the Falconry Centre in Huntly is absolutely worth a visit!

Have lunch/coffee at Deans Shortbread factory with bistro, gift shop and coffee stop.

From Huntly take the A96 to Keith to visit pittoresque Strathisla Distillery, home of Chivas Regal. Only shop and tastings at the moment.

For coffee/lunch and art you are most welcome in the Boogie Woogie Cafe or get yourself some nice treats from The Deli Shop (take away only).

Or if you are not into whisky: visit the Tarnash Falls near Keith. This walk explores the countryside to the east of Keith, passing through attractive deciduous woodland and visiting a waterfall. Terrain: roads with pavements, good paths through woods, muddy at times, mostly way-marked (5.5 km/3.5 miles).

From Keith take the B9014 back to Dufftown.