What to do in Dufftown, Moray Speyside for New Year, to celebrate Hogmanay?

With Speyside Cottages’ central Dufftown town locations for its Dufftown homes, you will find you are well placed for jumping into the local celebrations. Yet with our cosy and stylish homes you may want to just stop in for your celebrations and fun, or relax with your feet up and a good book or film.


If you do want to enjoy some festivities in town here is a list of options:

Commercial Hotel, Church Street, Dufftown, it is essential to book tickets in advance, do this by calling : +44 (0)1340 820313 – Enjoy the night with David Hood to entertain along with the Dufftown Pipe Band, a stirring sight and sound to see that will give you lasting and fond memories of your trip to Dufftown.  Stovies* and a Dram is served.  Tickets are £15 for Adults and £8 for children.  The evening begins on Saturday, 31st December 2022 from 7.30pm


*What are Stovies you may ask?  This is a traditional and moreish hearty Scottish dish, a regular at parties and late buffets as well as a great way to make the most of leftover meat.  The dish typically consists of Tatties (potatoes), onions and usually beef, all cooked together – it is stewed together to cook it slowly, rather than boiling your potatoes.  Stewing is also known as ‘to stove’ in Scots hence the name of this popular and hearty Scottish dish, Stovies.  Enjoy with oatcakes and beetroot, and it can divide the room but tomato sauce/ketchup or brown sauce can be regular accompaniments.


Royal British Legion, Balvenie Street, Dufftown

A moment from the clock tower, walking down Balvenie Street the Legion is on your left

Celebrate Hogmanay, or bring in ‘Ne’erday’** at the British Legion in Dufftown on Saturday 31st December 2022.   Louise Low entertains with her great voice, along with a Hogmanay raffle to get lucky with, £1 per strip and tickets can be bought in the Legion Lounge at any time, or Rustic & Roses flower and gift shop on Fife Street.

** Ne’erday (nerde) is the Scottish term for New Years Day


Clock Tower not a ticketed or specific event, but an informal gathering typically takes place at the central and iconic Clock Tower to see in the Bells, as the clock strikes midnight.  A time to share the celebrations with friends old and new and some just made.


Did you know the Royal British Legion Welcomes visitors at any time, for all of their events or just to enjoy its bar and lounge facilities, including pool table.  A great local bar with many drams to choose from and have a blether (chat).  Monday night is typically ‘Stramash’ night, an evening of local music, song and entertainment, if you can play, sing or do a turn you are invited and very welcome to participate


Want to know what else is on in Dufftown today or during your planned visit – check out our Dufftown & District Community Association (DDCA) website – a great collation of all that is happening locally:  https://dufftowncommunity.co.uk/whats-on-in-dufftown-district-november-december-2022/