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The Royal Oak

Address: 30 Fife Street, Dufftown AB55 4AL, Scotland
Phone Number: 01340820158
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Ranked #5 of 12 things to do in Dufftown
Type: Bars & clubs, Nightlife
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Type: Bars & clubs, Nightlife

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New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Here's what you'll learn quickly when you go to Scotland. The whiskey is expensive and there is an overwhelming amount of it. Quick tip. Go to the Royal Oak and let the bartenders guide you to a favorite. At the low prices per glass you can try quite a bit. The owner, Pearl, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the over... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Exactly what I pictured a Scotish pub should be. Locals and tourists having a fun time over whiskies and beer. Dufftown was our first stop in Scotland and this pub may have spoiled us for the rest. They managed to shock us with the bar tab (in a good way) twice :). Thanks Pearl!

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Kihei, HI
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24 reviews 24 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

My son and I were staying at a great new B&B a very short walk away and went to work on the single malts here one night, resulting in a bill that was entirely reasonable which we paid. Not so easy! The woman who owns it with her equally engaging husband realizes that we'd been subjected to some minor overcharge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Dufftown, be sure to spend some time at the Royal Oak. Dufftown is in the heart of whisk(e)y heaven, and this bar is the local hub of this heaven. John and Evonne own the joint, and provide great hospitality, and true knowledge of the area and it's many malted mysteries. This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

Wow, what a bar. Coming from LA we were short on time and in need of the full whisky experience. John owned it. And the kicker is the cost. All his marks are right around £6 and always at least £2 less than the other bars we visited that night. Ask for John and say L.A. sent you!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This pub has an amazing selection of malts for amazing bargain! The owners are super friendly and very welcoming. A definite stop in Dufftown.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

great B&B - rooms very nicely decorated and comfortable very nice location and friendly staff Reasonable prices and plenty of parking

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John D, Owner at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Hi Gordon, You have left a review for our Public House but I think it may have been another property. We do not have any rooms available for let. Kind Regards More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Looked like cosy pub on website, but in reality it was one of the worst pubs I have ever been in. It was completely lacking in atmosphere because of the sparse and grim decor. It looked like it was made purely for men to drink loads and loads, so that it could be easily cleaned at the end of the... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

What can I say about a fantastic little pub. The atmosphere is great. The proprietor is simply the best, nothing is too much trouble. Including the scrumptious toasties. If you are an Australian traveling to Dufftown, A visit to this Ideal little pub is a must. (Tell John Wayne & Denise Sent You)

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Trondheim, Norge
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

If you are looking for a pub in Dufftown or nearby, this is it ! Yvonne and John are very friendly and welcomes you with a wide selection of single malt whiskies and beer, max two minutes walk from the clock tower. Last time I was there, they had for the fist time real ale on tap, Sheep Shagger from... More 

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