We have been rated by Visit Scotland as a 4-star B&B with the prestigious GOLD award (for exceptional customer care). We have been coveted the "Taste Our Best" award for the use of local and quality Scottish produce. 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 Speyside accommodation base for the Malt Whisky and Castle Trails.
We are located in a quiet elevated location with wonderful views yet just a few minutes walk away from the village centre with places to eat, whisky bars and shops etc. There are 6 working malt whisky distilleries in Dufftown and you can walk through the village to Balvenie and Glenfiddich Distillery Visitor Centres. There is a longer walk to Aberlour along the old Whisky Railway Line running by the River Spey. There is sometimes a Heritage Train in the other direction to Strathisla Distillery in Keith.
You will receive a warm welcome for your stay at Highland Spirit B&B. We aim to provide a high level of comfort and service. We let you know what is going on in the area, the places to go, and where to eat and drink. Our beds and showers are of a high hotel standard. Each of the 3 spacious Superking rooms are individually themed to the history of the house, and are characterful with uncommon details making your stay unique and special. The house is historically listed and we have retained its original character whilst making it comfortable for our guests.
Highland Spirit is 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 authentic chalky emulsion in historical colours (created by the Scottish paint firm, Craig and Rose), used in many famous hotels. Previous occupiers of the Bed and Breakfast have included a Mackintosh family, Grants the Coppersmiths and the Exciseman at Mortlach Distillery. The rear wing of the building was a branch of the North of Scotland Bank and includes entrance, walk in safe, bank office and manager's bedroom.
Learn all about the original settlement of Mortlach, the history of the distillery, the old temperance hotel of Dufftown and much more. Have a go at measuring whisky like the Exciseman with his tools. The easy and relaxing walk is led by Alistair a qualified Walking Guide and whisky buff. It is about 1.25 miles and lasts about 2.5-3 hours and includes tutored tastings of 8 complimentary malt whiskies and an aqua vitae. Time arranged to suit. £69 per person (minimum 2 people). Book as an extra with your room or separately by email, phone or in person.
Karen has over 30 years experience in the hotel and hospitality industry and this is backed up with a Degree in Hospitality Management.
She has worked in a variety of hotels in a number of different roles including event and conference management. She is now a keen gardener. Her favourite whisky is Mortlach 16.
Alistair gained a Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management and worked in a number of hotels. He served in the Army for 23 years and achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Economics.
He is also a qualified Walking Guide and Mountain Leader. He loves whisky and has developed deep enthusiasm for the taste and its heritage. His favourite whiskies are Balvenie Tun 1509 and Mortlach 21, Macallan Rare Cask Black, Glenfiddich 15 and Aberlour 18. He speaks a little French and Spanish, and is currently learning German.