Exploring Duffus Estate
The main hub of Duffus Estate for visitors to explore is the 14 acres of woodland surrounding Duffus House. There are several trails where you’ll discover native woodland mainly comprised of beech, oak and Scots pine with some beautiful mature specimen trees closer to Duffus House.
The huge old sequoia and cedar trees are our personal favourites here at Duffus and one even provided inspiration for our logo. I wonder if you can find it?
Whilst wondering along these trails you may be lucky enough to spot some of the wildlife who make Duffus their home. We love our cheeky resident red squirrels. We are fortunate to still have a healthy population and it is always a delight to see them chasing each other up and down the trees or watch their aerial acrobatics high in the tree tops.
We regularly see roe deer and have occasional sighting of our more secretive resident foxes, badgers, bats, stoats, hedgehogs, rabbits and hare. We have a plethora of birdlife on our doorstep – it’s always a joy to hear woodpeckers start drumming away in the trees every Spring and I personally love catching glimpses of pairs of partridge as they potter around the place.
We have plans to extend our network of paths on the Estate – one of which is to eventually enable visitors to walk down to Duffus Castle from Duffus House without leaving the Estate itself. This will link up two iconic structures that have played an important part in history over the years. Duffus Castle is now under the custodianship of Historic Environment Scotland but is still free to visit. This path will also allow our guests at Old Duffus Farmhouse and the eco-cabin, which overlook the castle, an easy way to access the rest of the trails on the Estate.
We have also taken back in-hand the management of the 26 acre field to the south of Duffus House. We have old photographs from the early 1900’s showing it had been planted up as parkland with huge old oak trees. Due to the modernisation of farming practises these trees were cut down, however, we aim to do some replanting and create further paths to extend the current network so there is even more grounds for visitors to enjoy.