- Dalwhinnie Latitude: 56.939507 Longitude: -4.237805
- Dalwhinnie Postcode PH19
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Dalwhinnie, is rather a remote village at the northern end of the equally remote Pass of Drumochter started life as a gathering place for the huge herds of cattle driven in from all parts of the West Highlands before making the slow journey to the markets or trysts at Falkirk and Crieff. Dalwhinnie offers an assortment holiday accommodation from hotels, guest houses, B&B and self catering.
It was here, in 1745, that the famous General John Cope (remembered in the song 'Hey, Johnny Cope' declined to meet the Jacobites in their own familiar terrain. Cope retired to Inverness leaving the way open for the Highlanders to make their easy and unopposed way to Edinburgh and, subsequently, for his own defeat at Prestonpans, near Edinburgh. At 1188 ft, Dalwhinnie is the highest village in the Highlands.
The inn, built in 1729 and now a hotel, did not impress Queen Victoria who, arriving there by pony and carriage after a 13 hour journey from Balmoral in 1861, had to dine on 'two miserable starved Highland chickens'. The fare is much better now. A distillery offers some employment locally and is open to the public.
Dalwhinnie village, is a small village set amongst dramatic mountain scenery in Badenoch within the stunning Cairngorms National Park. The village has a shop, post, school, garage and the railway station.
The River Truim flows alongside the village. Dalwhinnie is the highest village in the Highland region standing at approximately 1100 feet above sea level. Here you can find bed and breakfast accommodation and is an ideal base for hill walking. The village is on the main road between Perth and the city of Inverness to the north at the head of Loch Etricht,
The mountains are all around remote and desolate, excellent for the winter and summer sports, and is a good base for exploring such mountain's as Ben Alder and the rest of the Cairngorms National park. The distillery of Dalwhinnie produces Single malt Scotch whisky classified among the Highland Single Malts. The distillery was founded with the name of the nearby town Strathspey in the late 1890s.