• Highland Spirit Bed & Breakfast, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

No 1 on Trip Advisor on the Malt Whisky Trail

The Highest Standards with the 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.  The Visit Scotland 4-star prestigious GOLD rating (for exceptional customer care) and being No 1 on Trip Advisor for Moray, Speyside and Malt Whisky Trails reflects what we offer our guests.  We have been coveted the “Taste Our Best” award for the use of local and quality Scottish produce.

We are situated in a quiet elevated location with wonderful views.  Just a few minutes, walk away from the village centre which has places to eat and shops.  Our beds and showers are of a high hotel standard.  Each of the 3 spacious super king rooms are individually themed to the history of the house, and are characterful with uncommon details.

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, 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.

Mortlach History and Whisky Walk

Learn all about the original settlement of Mortlach, the history of the distillery and much more.    The easy and relaxing walk is led by Alistair a qualified Walking Guide Leader. It is about 1.25 miles and lasts about 2.5 hours.

About Us

Karen JeffsKaren 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 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 Degree in Business and Economics.

He is also a qualified Walking Guide Leader.   He loves whisky and has developed deep enthusiasm for the taste and its heritage.  His favourite whisky is Balvenie Tun 1509.