DUFFTOWN FAIRY VILLAGE (YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT)
Today Dad and I did something completely different and non-whisky related, we visited a fairy village. It had nothing to do with whisky, so if that’s all you are interested in, feel free to skip this post. Our little adventure today was a suggestion of our host, Fiona. While it may sound a little odd for two grown men to set out in search of fairies, it was quite a nice walk through the woods and country side to get there and back.
The Dufftown Fairy Village is located near something called the Giant’s Chair – I call it ‘something’ because we never actually found it. The signs kept saying half a mile this way or a mile that way and before we knew it, they were saying a quarter of a mile back the way we came! But that’s getting ahead of ourselves a bit, because we did find the fairy village.
Now while we enjoyed the walk more than the village itself, my kids would have gone nuts for it. It’s not a big tourist attraction or theme park, just a few little houses and trinkets hidden in the woods just off the walking track; we almost walked straight past it. There is a memorial stone visible from the track an if I hadn’t gone for a closer look, I would have missed the fairy village completely.
The village is cute and must be the work of a few (or perhaps one) dedicated locals to create a special place for kids to get excited about on a walk. There are some excellent walking tracks in and around Dufftown and you really can leave your car behind and just go exploring. We walked past the Dufftown distillery on the way there and back via a different road, so you are never too far away from civilisation. The track we took was reasonable easy going with only a couple of short steep bits that may be slippery in the wet.
By the time we got back to town it was starting to rain so we spent the rest of the afternoon inside. Tomorrow, we set off for Edinburgh and our last five days in the UK.