Holidays in Glenlivet

Visitor Guide

Distilleries and Breweries

 

Distilleries (Whisky and Gin) and Breweries

 in Glenlivet and the Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire, Grampian,

Moray, Nairn and Inverness-shire

 

Reviewed Jan-Mar 2018

 

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We have included links to many other websites.  We shall eventually get round to informing all of these about our links, but if we haven't yet been in touch and you would prefer us to remove the link to your site, then please let us know.

A couple of major Whisky Festivals are held in the area –

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival around the end of April/beginning of May Spirit of Speyside Website

Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival around the end of September www.dufftown.co.uk

There are quite a number of websites about whisky, but many of them have a commercial bias.  Although it does carry adverts, the following website is purely information based and amazingly comprehensive.  It has been and indeed still is being developed by Jean-Marie Putz, a private Belgian enthusiast   Jean-Marie Putz's Website

The Duncan Taylor website listed below also has a lot of good information on individual distilleries.

If you want to be driven around distilleries so that you can concentrate on tasting, several companies can provide this service.

Comments about individual distillery tours are difficult to make because they are so dependant upon the individual guides and their interaction with tour groups.

Warning

Information on opening times and tours was taken from the company websites at the beginning of 2018, and it is always possible that these might change - so please check before making any arrangements.  It now seems advisable to book ahead in any case.

There may be periods during the stated opening times when distilleries are not open to the public.  Check websites for any closures over Christmas and New Year and for any other closures due to maintenance.

Please note that children under eight are usually not allowed on distillery tours

and that some tours have a minimum age limit of 18

Most of the distilleries offer a variety of tours -

please read their websites carefully to ensure that you know what to expect from your tour.

 

Dufftown Whisky Museum                                                   0.20   TA

Whisky Festival Website

Open from April to October from 10.00 until 4.00 pm. but best to check first 01340 820 507

 

Gordon and Macphail  (Elgin)                                                            0.48

Gordon & Macphail Website

Founded in 1895, this family business is still one of the pre-eminent bottlers of malt whisky  Their retail shop in South Street is a whisky lover’s paradise – all their products on display along with a lovely delicatessen and lots of wine.  They also offer quite a range of whisky tasting packages.

 

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The Whisky Castle (Tomintoul)                                                            0.10

Whisky Castle Website

 

 

The Whisky Shop  (Dufftown)                                                               0.20

Dufftown Whisky Shop Website

 

 

Duncan Taylor's Whiskies of Scotland  (Huntly)                          0.40

Duncan Taylor's Scotch Whisky Website

 

Speyside Cooperage  (Craigiellachie)                                                   0.25   TA

Speyside Cooperage Website

See coopers at work repairing whisky barrels – a hive of non-stop activity – fascinating to watch skilled men at work – guided tours - explanatory displays

of how barrels are made – café - shop

Opening times:

Monday to Friday

45 minute Class Tours every 30 minutes from 9.00 am

      - last tour starts at 3.30 pm

90 minute VIP tours

Essential to book for VIP tours and advisable to book for Classic Tours

Contact 01340 871 108

Closed for a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year

 

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Cairngorm Brewery  (Aviemore)                                                        0.49   TA

Cairngorm Brewery Website

Shop open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.30 pm (also Sundays from 12.00 until 4.00 pm during peak periods)

Tours lasting about 90 minutes are held on Mondays to Fridays at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm.  Saturday and Sunday by arrangement.

Booking is essential 01479 813 303

Closed for some of the time over Christmas and New Year  

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Black Isle Brewery  (just north of Inverness)                                      1.19   TA

Black Isle Brewery Website

Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 6.00 pm

Also open Sundays from 12.00 until 5.00 pm from Easter to September

Just turn up and join a tour - usually a couple of tours an hour during the summer months.  Last tours at 4.00pm

Contact  01463 811 871

 

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Caorunn Gin at Balmenach Distillery (near Cromdale)             0.28   TA

Balmenach Website

Tours are available to learn about gin production and have a tutored tasting.

Tours are available as follows

   from Monday to Thursday at 2.00 pm

   Fridays at 10.00 am

Booking is essential 01479 874 933

 
   

The Glenlivet                                                                            0.07  

The Glenlivet distillery Website

2018 Opening Times:

12th March to 9th November Apr to October

Opens at 9.30 am with tours leaving every 30 minutes from 10.00 am until the last tour at 4.30 pm

The Classic Tour lasts about 75 minutes and costs £10

Probably best to book your tickets ahead online to avoid disappointment

There are other more expensive tours available.

 

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Ballindalloch                                                                            0.13  

Ballindalloch Distillery Website

A new, small, craft distillery with a variety of very specialized tours ranging from two and a half hours at £35 (maximum eight people) to a full eight hours where you get involved in the production process at £175.

Tours are by appointment only

Contact 01807 500 331

 

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Glenfarclas  (on the way to Aberlour)                                               0.17   TA

Glenfarclas Distillery Website

One of the very few long-established distilleries still in private, family ownership

The Classic Tour costs £7.50 and is available at the following times

October-March from Monday to Friday at 10.30, 12.00, 1.15, 2.30

April-September from Monday to Friday at 10.30, 12.00, 2.00, 3.30

Also on Saturdays from July to September at 10.30, 12.00, 1.15, 2.30

Booking is strongly recommended

Contact 01807 500 345

There are other more expensive tours available.

 

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Glenfiddich  (Dufftown)                                                                              0.22

Glenfiddich website

Undiscovered Scotland Webpage for Glenfiddich

The Explorer's Tour lasts about 90 minutes and costs £10.  They are available every day between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm

Glenfiddich is a busy place and spaces on tours are limited - so make sure you are registered for a tour before you wander off to the cafe, bar or shop.

 

There are other more expensive tours available which must be booked in advance.

Contact 01340 820373

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Balvenie  (Dufftown)                                                                                    0.22

Balvenie Website

One of the few, if not the only place where you can see barley being malted on

a malt floor.

Balvenie's Tours cost £50 and are limited to eight people - so booking is essential.

Booking as far in advance as possible is highly recommended.

Contact 01340 822 210

Tours are held at the following times

Monday to Thursday starting at 10am and 2pm

Fridays starting at 10am

 

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Aberlour   (Aberlour)                                                                                  0.23

Aberlour Distillery website

Aberlour only does in depth tours that take about two hours including a

tutored tasting of mature Aberlour whiskies as well as newly made spirit.

The Aberlour Experience Tour costs £15

The Distillery is open as follows, but you are advised to check what tour times are available and to book in advance

12th March to 9th November daily between 9.30 and 5.00 pm

Otherwise Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 4.00 pm

Contact 01340 881 249

There are also a couple of more expensive tasting sessions.

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Macallan  (near Aberlour)                                                                         0.29

The Macallan Website

Tours cost £15 and last about 105 minutes (maximum ten per tour)

Booking essential

Contact 01340 872 280 or e-mail from website

Opening hours:

Easter to September: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am till 6.00 pm

October to Easter: Monday to Friday, 9.30am till 5.00 pm

 

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Cardhu  (Knockando)                                                                                  0.26

Diageo Webpage for Cardhu

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Cardhu

The regular "Cardhu Distillery Tour" lasts about 40 minutes and costs £5.

There are a number of other tours on offer with additional tasting.

Booking recommended for all tours

Contact 01479 874 635 or e-mail cardhu.distillery@diageo.com

Opening times:

October to March: Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

April to September: daily from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

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Cragganmore  (Ballindalloch)                                                                 0.15

Diageo webpage for Cragganmore

The regular "Cragganmore Distillery Tour" lasts about 45 minutes and costs £5.

The "Range Tour" lets you taste a few more whiskies and costs £28.

Booking recommended for all tours

Contact 01479 874 715 or e-mail cragganmore.distillery@diageo.com

Opening times:

April to September: daily from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

October: Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

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Speyside Distillery (near  Kingussie)                                                                       1.09   TA

Speyside Distillery Website

Tours by appointment only - usually midweek when available - start from £20 per head

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Glen Grant  (Rothes)                                                                                   0.33

Glen Grant webpage

The Visitor Centre is open as follows -

April to October: Monday to Saturday from 9.30 until 5.00 pm

                               Sundays from 11.00 until 5.00 pm

November to March: Monday to Saturday from 9.30 until 4.30 pm

Last tours start an hour before closing.

Regular tours throughout the day, but booking recommended

Contact 01340 832 118 or e-mail from website.

The gardens are an added attraction here – see section on Gardens

The following website gives information about the town of Rothes

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Rothes

 

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Glen Ord  (north west of Inverness)                                                        1.28

Diageo webpage for Glen Ord

The regular "Glen Ord Tour" costs £8, but there are another five options up to £100

Opening times (last tour one hour before closing)

November-March: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

March-April: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm - check website

                             for Easter weekend times

May to September: Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 6.00 pm

                                   Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

                                   Sunday from 11.00 until 5.00 pm

October: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

Booking is advised - contact 01463 872 004

The following websites have information about the nearby town of Beauly and

its ancient Priory

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Beauly

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Beauly Priory

 

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Dalmore                                                                                  1.49

Dalmore webpage for tours

Undiscovered Scotland Webpage for Dalmore

Opening hours:

April to September: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

October to March: Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

Tours lasting an hour and costing £8 are available at 11.00, 1.00 and 3.00, but

booking is obligatory.

Contact 01349 882 362 or e-mail from their website.

Longer, bespoke tours can be arranged.

Information on the nearby village of Alness

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Alness

 

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Glenmorangie  (Tain)                                                                            1.53

Glenmorangie webpage for tours

Yes they do tours, and you can book through their website, but probably better just to give them a call on 01862 892 477.

 

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Tomatin  (half way to Inverness on A9)                                                0.57

Tomatin Website

Open daily:

October to March from 10.30 until 4.30

April to September from 9.30 until 5.30

The Legacy Tour lasts about 75 minutes and costs £4

There are other, more expensive tours that involve more tasting.

Booking is recommended

Contact 01463 248 148 or e-mail from their website

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BenRiach (between Rothes and Elgin)                                                                 0.40

BenRiach Website

Their Connoisseur's Tour lasts for about 90 minutes and costs £35.  It depends on having four people wanting to tour at the same time.

Tours held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.00 and 2.00.

Booking is essential - email from their website.

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Glen Moray  (Elgin)                                                                                 0.49

Glen Moray Website

The basic tours cost £5.  You can add various tasting options on to this.

Opening times

Monday to Friday from 9.00 until 5.00 pm

Saturdays (May to September) from 10.00 until 4.30 pm

Tours held Monday-Friday at 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 2.00, 3.30

                    Saturday at 10.30, 12.00, 1.30, 3.00

Closed over Christmas and New Year holidays

Booking recommended

Contact 01343 550 900 or e-mail from website

 

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Benromach  (Forres)                                                                                  0.52   TA

Benromach Website.com

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Benromach

One of the very few distilleries still in private, family ownership (Gordon & Macphail of Elgin, whose shop is mentioned at the top of the page)

Opening times:

April to September - tours held regularly from 9.30 until 3.30 pm

October - tours held at 10.30, 12.00, 1.30 and 3.00

Booking essential from April to September and highly recommended in October.

Contact 01309 675 968 or e-mail from their website

Tours last about an hour and cost £6

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Dallas Dhu (just south of Forres)                                                              0.49   TA

Historic Sctoland webpage for Dallas Dhu

Undiscovered Scotland webpage for Dallas Dhu

Historic Scotland

This is a mothballed distillery (so not as noisy as a working distillery) now

looked after by Historic Scotland.  Purists seem to scoff at the idea of touring a non-working distillery, but you can get much closer to the equipment when it's not boiling hot.

The entry fee of £6 includes an audio guide.

Opening times - last entry 30 minutes before closing

April - September: daily from 9.30 until 5.30 pm

October: daily from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

November - March: Saturday to Wednesday from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

Check website for any unexpected closures and for details of closures at Christmas and New Year.

 

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Strathisla  (Keith)                                                                                        0.38

Strathisla Distillery Webpage

Undiscovered Scotland Webpage for Strathisla Distillery

One of the more picturesque distilleries and spiritual home of Chivas Regal.

Tours have to be arranged in advance by telephoning 01542 783 044 or e-mailing from their website.

The traditional tour lasts about 75 minutes, includes a tutored tasting of four whiskies and costs £15.

Their are other, more expensive tours that include more tasting.

The following websites give information about the town of Keith.

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/keith/keith/index.html

 

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Knockdhu Distillery - anCnoc Malt Whisky                           0.49   TA

(between Keith and Banff)

anCnoc Website                                        

Tours held at 10.00 am and 2.00 pm from Monday to Friday

Advance booking essential

Contact 01466 771 223 or e-mail from their website.

 

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Glenglassaugh Distillery  (between Cullen and Portsoy)               0.59   TA

Glenglassaugh Website

Opening times:

May to September - daily from 10.00 until 4.30 pm

October to April - Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 4.30 pm

Tours start with the Revival Tour, which costs £5 and are offered at 10, 11, 1, 2 and 3 o'clock.

The distillery overlooks Sandend Bay, home to one of the smallest fishing villages on the Moray Firth.  There's a lovely sandy beach where you can walk off your tasting!  You might here it pronounced as Sanine.

Undiscovered Scotland Webpage for Sandend

Facebook Page devoted to Sandend

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Glengarioch (Old Meldrum)                                                                     1.06

Glengarioch Website

Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

Also open on Sundays from July to September from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

The Founders Tour lasts about an hour and costs £8. They are held at 10.30 and 1.00 pm

To book a tour telephone 01651 873 450 or e-mail them from the website.

More expensive tours also available.

The following website has information about the town of Old Meldrum

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/oldmeldrum/oldmeldrum/index.html

 

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Glendronach  (Forgue near Huntly)                                                      0.52

Glendronach Website

Opening times

May to September: daily from 10.00 until 4.30 pm

October to April: Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 4.30 pm

The Discovery Tour lasts about 45 minutes and costs £5.  They are available at 10.00, 11.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00

Other tours are available.

Book in advance Contact 0131 456 2672 or e-mail from their website

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Royal Lochnagar  (near Balmoral)                                                       0.49

Royal Lochnagar Website

The basic tour costs £8.  Booking is not essential, but probably advisable given the distance.

Contact 01339 742 700

Other tours are available.

Opening Times: (Last tour one hour before closing)

November to February: Monday to Friday from 10.00 until 4.00 pm

March: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00 pm

April to October (closed 21st April):

              Monday to Saturday from 10.00 until 5.00pm

                       (open until 6.00 pm Monday to Friday during July and August)                   Sundays from 12.00 until 5.00 pm

                

Closed around Christmas and New Year.

Warning - the Distillery may be closed in bad weather conditions - check website before you go - even if you have booked.

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