Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival

27 January 2017

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Missed the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival in April? Don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to plan your trip to Speyside for the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival 2014 in Dufftown. This lesser known festival celebrates the region’s world-renowned single malt whisky through a variety of events running from the 25th to 29th September. If this is your first time visiting the Autumn Speyside Festival, read our fantastic festival guide to make the most of your trip.

What Happens at the Festival

The festival’s programme of events will take whisky connoisseurs on an unmissable tour of the region’s finest distilleries including some that are not normally open to the public. Don’t miss the famous “Seven Stills Tour” which takes festival goers to all of Dufftown’s past and present distilleries, stopping at each for a wee dram! Even if you aren’t a whisky enthusiast, the picturesque locations and fascinating histories of these distilleries will make this tour worthwhile.

During the weekend, you can also learn more about the history of Speyside whisky on The Whisky Smuggler’s Experience or, unwind on the Glenfiddich Explorer Tour Train with a glass of the distillery’s popular single malt. You can even try your hand at distilling whisky at Ballindalloch Distillery’s exclusive Art of Whisky Making event!

The full programme of events can be found on the official Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival’s website.

Where Does the Festival Take Place

The festival is located in Dufftown, a picturesque village that’s nestled in the heart of Speyside. September is one of the best times of the year to visit this region as the vibrant autumn foliage transforms the surrounding Highland countryside. This makes it perfect for relaxed, scenic walks that will help you to recover from the previous day’s whisky tour!

Although Dufftown is best known for its nearby distilleries, there are plenty of other attractions to keen you entertained. Visit the majestic ruins of Balvenie Castle and Auchindoun Castle to enjoy spectacular views of the rugged Highland landscape. Alternatively, the Huntly Falconry Centre and the nearby market town of Keith both make great day trips that the whole family will enjoy.

Where to Stay During the Festival

LHH Scotland’s boutique accommodation in Speyside is the ideal base for enjoying the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival. Our hand-picked self-catering holiday houses are situated in some of the region’s best beauty spots so you can experience incredibly scenic views from your doorstep.

Why not take advantage of LHH Scotland’s exclusive offer on Achnagonalin House this September? If you book this holiday house for any full week in September or October you can enjoy £150 off your booking. When you stay at Achnagonalin House you will benefit from spacious bedrooms, a large private garden, a cosy open fire and so much more. This holiday house is situated close to RSPB Osprey Bird Reserve and various whisky and castle trails so you’ll find plenty of holiday activities to experience once the Speyside Festival has ended.


Discover the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival and more with LHH Scotland! Visit our range of holiday houses in the Highlands today.


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