Aberlour, Dufftown and Keith

Aberlour, Dufftown and Keith

Dufftown is the very heart of whisky country. There are no less than five distilleries either in the town or immediately around it and it is a mecca for enthusiasts. It is, however, a beautiful town in its own right, with its fine clocktower and the ruins of Balvenie Castle. This is a great place for walkers with wide, fast rivers, lovely glens and rolling hills building up to the great bulk of Ben Rinnes.

An old heritage railway line runs northeeast through the hills to Keith. Astride the main road to Aberdeen, Keith has two separate town squares as well as four distilleries of its own. Heading in the opposite direction from Dufftown the hills of Moray rise into the Cairngorms National Park; this part of Moray is covered in our Glenlivet and Tomintoul section.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Auchindoun Castle, near Dufftown grade2km 30 minutes
Linn of Ruthrie, Aberlour grade3km 1 hour
The Dounie, Rothes grade5km 1 - 2 hours
Drummuir Castle Estate and Lochpark grade7.75km 2 - 2.5 hours
Carn Cattoch, Archiestown grade9.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
The Isla Way: Dufftown to Keith grade20.5km 4 - 5 hours
Giant's Chair walk, Dufftown gradegrade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Meikle Balloch, near Keith gradegrade5.2km 2 - 2.5 hours
Tarnash Falls and Dunnyduff Wood, Keith gradegrade5.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ben Aigan gradegrade8km 2 - 3 hours
Dufftown, Craigellachie and Aberlour circuit gradegrade20km 5 - 6 hours
Knock Hill and Knock Wood from Knockbog gradegradegrade4.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Ben Rinnes gradegradegrade7.5km 3 - 4 hours
Corryhabbie Hill, Glen Rinnes gradegradegrade12km 3.5 - 4 hours
Little Conval and Meikle Conval, Dufftown gradegradegrade12.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
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