Dufftown

If the world has a whisky capital, it is Dufftown, with its concentration of distilleries producing fine malts which are enjoyed by people all over the globe.

Although the town was not founded until 1817, the area was already infamous for illegal whisky making and it was perhaps fitting that the first approved distillery to open was built on the site of an illicit still.  The square in Dufftown is dominated by the Clocktower which originally served as the local jail.

The remains of Balvenie Castle, built in the 13th century, are in the ownership of Historic Scotland and are open to the public, as is the historic and picturesque Mortlach Church, whose origins can be traced back nearly 1500 years.