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Living in Dalwhinnie: The local area guide

A tiny countryside village located in the Scottish Highlands, Dalwhinnie sits at an altitude of 351m. Dalwhinnie first came into existence in 1700 thanks to an inn that came to the aid of Highland cattle drivers on their passage to the market in Crieff. The name itself means meeting place in Gaelic. Boasting some of the most scenic and picturesque mountain views in the whole of Scotland, people from all over have taken to the hilly terrains to experience the one of a kind mountaineering and hillwalking that Dalwhinnie has to offer. Not only is the village home to such awe-inspiring land, the Loch Ericht is also a joy to behold, and is 14 miles long. Nature lovers will be pleased to learn that the area has wildlife aplenty, from red deers, to mountain hares and osprey.

Dalwhinnie is home to one of the most famous malt whiskies, the Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch. It has been distilled in the Dalwhinnie Distillery since 1897, and is over 1,154 ft over sea level making it the highest distillery in Scotland. The distillery is something of a national landmark, and comes complete with a visitor centre that offers tour guides during any season. Visitors are shown how the malt whiskey is distilled and by what instruments and devices. The tour finishes off by offering those in attendance the chance to sample their fine whisky, accompanied by delicious traditional chocolates.


The 1981 Census report showed that Dalwhinnie had 113 inhabitants, but that figure has dwindled to around the 80 mark. In terms of employment in the town, the Distillery and the Railway are where the bulk of people ply their trade, which counts between the 50 and 100 mark. Despite the fragmented nature of the residential positioning, there is a real sense of community between the Dalwhinnie dwellers. The tranquillity that emanates from the beauty of the landscape brings people closer here, and it is also the reason people decide to live here in the first place.


Dalwhinnie had a 1 teacher school up until 2012 when it reached the point that there were only 3 pupils left that were enrolled. The parents of the pupils decided to move them onto Newtonmore Primary School (which is only 10 miles away on the A9) so that they could be around more children. Newtonmore offers a broad curriculum and educates children in both English and Gaelic Medium.


The Inverness and Perth Junction Railway passes through Dalwhinnie with regular service, and has done since 1863. The main road that leaves to and from Dalwhinnie is the A9 which gives access to Perth and Inverness. It is roughly a 2 hour journey to get to Falkirk or Edinburgh, and a little longer to get to Glasgow.

Amenities and shopping

For supermarkets, a short drive to either Newtonmore for a Co-Op or Kingussie for a Costcutter will serve any grocery and shopping needs. However, the local petrol station has become a makeshift cafe, shop and even post office. There are a few restaurants in surrounding areas such as Kingussie, and there is a hotel situated in the heart of Dalwhinnie. A trip to the Highland Wildlife Park would be a lovely treat for the family, as the park has an incredible array of polar animals such as snow leopards, polar bears, arctic foxes and even monkeys, it even comes complete with a photography tour. Being only a 17-mile journey, it is definitely well worth a visit.


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