Welcome to the Highland Spirit Bed and Breakfast, Dufftown, Scotland
The Highest Standards with a Personal Touch
The Highland Spirit Bed and Breakfast is situated in the village of Dufftown, the Malt Whisky Capital of the World, in the heart of Speyside. It is an ideal accommodation base for the Malt Whisky and Castle Trails.
We aim to provide a high level of comfort and service and the Visit Scotland 4-star prestigious GOLD rating (for exceptional customer care) and our No1. on Trip Advisor for Moray, Speyside and the Malt Whisky Trail are well deserved. We have been coveted the "Taste Our Best" award for the use of local and quality Scottish produce.
We are situated in a quiet and elevated location with wonderful views. We are just a couple of minutes walk from the village centre which has places to eat and shops. The beds and showers are of a high standard and the rooms characterful and spacious.
Mortlach History and Whisky Walk
Learn all about the Celtic Monks who came in 566AD, the history of the original settlement, its Kirk, and hear about the legendary battle in the 11th Century. You will learn all about the role of the Mortlach Exciseman (who lodged at Highland Spirit B&B) and see how he measured the strength/volume of alcohol with equipment from the 19th Century. We will stop at the historic kiln of Mortlach Distillery and run through the odd 2.81 distillation process. Passing by and old temperance hotel we will return to Highland Spirit.
The easy walk is led by Alistair a qualified Walking Guide Leader. It is just over a mile long, lasts about 2 - 2.5 hours and is accompanied by 5 sample drams of Mortlach. Cost per person £34 - bookable online, by phone or email. Winter by arrangement. Summer Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.
Visits to Distilleries, Castles, Battlefields, Historic Woollen Mills and Churches
You can walk to to the Glenfiddich Visitor Centre, Balvenie Distillery and Castle, the old Whisky Line - Dufftown to Keith Railway, and Dramble the 7 distilleries of Dufftown. The Macallan, Glenlivet, Aberlour, Glenfarclas and Strathisla Distillery Visitor Centres are also very close by. You can walk or hire a mountain bike to go to Craigellachie or Aberlour via the old Whisky Line.
Other great nearby visits in Speyside and Moray include Ballindalloch Castle (in the MacPherson Grants family since 1546), the Speyside Cooperage, the Knockando Woollen Mill, Johnstons of Elgin, coastal fishing villages (such as Cullen and Burghead), Cawdor Castle (home of Macbeth), Fort George and the battlefield and interactive visitor centre of Culloden Moor. There are plenty of interesting short and longer walks in and around the village and to other villages.
Highland Spirit - a Historic Listed Building
The Highland Spirit, a listed building of around 1830, and has undergone major refurbishment, retaining all the character whilst making it a modern and luxurious bed and breakfast. The Georgian and Victorian features include original fireplaces, sash windows, panelling, cornicing and ceiling roses. We use authentique chalky emulsion in historical colours created by the Scottish paint firm, Craig and Rose, established in 1829. Previous occupiers of the Bed and Breakfast have included a Mackintosh family, Grants the Coppersmiths and the Exciseman at Mortlach Distillery. The accommodation at the rear of the building was a branch of the North of Scotland Bank and includes entrance, walk in safe, bank office and manager's bedroom.
Karen and Alistair look forward to welcoming you to the Malt Whisky Capital and Speyside
"When death's dark stream I ferry o'er,
A time that surely shall come,
In heaven itself I'll ask no more,
Than just a Highland Welcome!"
About Karen and Alistair
Karen has over 30 years experience in the hotel and hospitality industry and this is backed up with a Degree in Hotel and Catering Management. She is now a keen gardener. Alistair was in the Army for 23 years, is a qualified Walking Guide Leader and has a Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management and a Degree in Business and Economics.