Auchindoun Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Auchindoun Castle
Auchindoun Castle is a 15th-century L-Plan tower castle located in Auchindoun near Dufftown in Banffshire, Scotland. It stands in a superb defensive location at a height of nearly 1,000ft just over two miles south east of Dufftown. Immediately to the south and east the ground falls away steeply into the valley of the River Fiddich, and the location offers control over one of the main routes south from Speyside into Aberdeenshire, today followed by the A941.
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0.55km from Auchindoun Castle
The River Fiddich is a right bank tributary of the River Spey in northeast Scotland. It rises on the eastern slopes of Corriehabbie Hill in Glenfiddich Forest and flows northeastwards beneath the A941 road, past Auchindoun Castle to a sharp bend adjacent to the A920 road where it turns westwards to flow to Dufftown.
4.09km from Auchindoun Castle
Balvenie Castle stands on a small, wooded hill on the northern outskirts of Dufftown. The castle is rather overshadowed by its more famous and much more modern neighbour, the Glenfiddich distillery, one of Scotland's most well-known whiskey brands. The castle fell out of use following an attack by Robert the Bruce in 1308, which left the property uninhabitable. At some point in the 14th century the castle and estates of Balvenie passed to the Earl of Douglas. Today, the remains of the castle ar
4.38km from Auchindoun Castle
The Glenfiddich Distillery based in Dufftown, Moray has been producing malt whiskey since 1887. William Grant is the founder of the distillery with it being built in 1886. Today, Glenfiddich remains the world’s best-selling single malt with sales in excess of a million cases a year.
The Keith & Dufftown Railway
4.79km from Auchindoun Castle
The Keith and Dufftown railway is one of the most Northerly preserved railways in the country, and one of the longest and most scenic. this historic railway runs between Dufftown and Keith. The company was formed in 1857, the line was opened in 1862, and it was absorbed by the Great North of Scotland Railway in 1866. You can explore an area where the climate and geology are so suitable for malt whisky distilling that over half of Scotland's whisky distilleries are here.
The Balvenie Distillery
4.88km from Auchindoun Castle
The Balvenie distillery was built in 1892 by William J. Grant. The Balvenie, a unique range of single malt Scotch whiskies hand-crafted in Speyside using centuries-old skills passed down through generations. Balvenie makes whisky in the traditional batch process of the production of single malt. The use of locally grown barley is preferred, and it is floor-malted where possible. Of the 120+ distilleries in Scotland, Balvenie is one of only seven distilleries with its own malting floor.
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre
8.75km from Auchindoun Castle
The Speyside Cooperage is a cooperage located in Craigellachie, Aberlour, Scotland. Its visitor centre, the only such in Britain, is part of the Malt Whisky Trail, started in the early 1980s. Each year, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries elsewhere throughout Scotland. Owned by the Taylor family since its founding in 1947, the cooperage was sold in 2008 to the French firm Tonnellerie François Frères.