|Scottish Gaelic: Baile Bhainidh|
Approaching the clock tower in the middle of Dufftown
Dufftown shown within Moray
|Population||1,454 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|- Edinburgh||108 mi (174 km) SSW|
|- London||430 mi (692 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
The town was originally named Mortlach in the Middle Ages, until the 19th century when the Earl of Fife built the town as a housing for soldiers returning home from war. He named the town Dufftown.
Dufftown also hosts a highland games event every July which attracts many tourists.
Dufftown's notable buildings include Balvenie Castle, which was partly built with stones from the ruins of nearby Auchindoun Castle. The street plan of Dufftown is mainly four main roads meeting at the clock tower; previously a prison but now a tourist information centre.
Dufftown has a Oceanic climate typical to Northern Scotland, its characterised by relatively mild, damp winters and cool cloudy summers. The area averages 76 air frosts a year. Like much of Europe, Dufftown's climate is insulated somewhat by the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current originating near the gulf of Mexico. This warm ocean current makes Dufftown's climate significantly milder during the winter than expected for its latitude.
|Climate data for Keith (Nearest climate station to Dufftown)1981 - 2010|
|Average high °C (°F)||5.9
|Average low °C (°F)||−0.6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||65.7
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||45.9||77.3||108.2||142.2||190.0||152.7||156.8||145.6||117.5||89.6||53.2||35.0||1,314|
Whisky in Dufftown
Dufftown is located on the River Fiddich and is the location of several Scotch whisky distilleries. It produces more malt whisky than any other town in Scotland; in fact, a signpost on the way into Dufftown declares it the "Whisky Capital of the World". The largest and best known of the many surrounding distilleries is the Glenfiddich distillery that distills Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. The Glenfiddich distillery is owned by William Grant & Sons, Dufftown's largest employer. This proliferation puts it on the famed Whisky Trail, which also includes Keith, Tomnavoulin, Marypark, and Tomintoul.
The following distilleries have produced whisky in Dufftown.
According to the third film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hogwarts, the main setting of the series, is said to be close to Dufftown in an article of the Daily Prophet.
- Leslie Benzies the president of Rockstar North, which produces the famous Grand Theft Auto game series amongst other games, was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Dufftown.
- George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen, one of the founders of the Canadian Pacific Railway was born in Dufftown.
- "Dufftown's Distilleries". Retrieved 2008-07-01.
Media related to Dufftown at Wikimedia Commons
- Census data
- Dufftown Website
- grid reference NJ325395
- Dufftown Golf Club
- Dufftown Football Club
- Dufftown Whisky Shop
- Keith to Dufftown Railway
- Dufftown Highland Games
- Dufftown & District Pipe Band
- National Library of Scotland: SCOTTISH SCREEN ARCHIVE (archive films about Dufftown)