Visitor Centre Galore

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Visitor Centre Galore

If you would like to find out more about whisky then why not visit a few whisky distillery visitor centres this summer? Almost half of Scotland’s distilleries are open to the public so there are visitor centres galore, but we have picked out nine for you to consider:

Talisker Distillery

Carbost,

Isle of Skye IV47 8SR

June to August: Daily 9:30am – 5pm

Tours from: £10pp Time: 45 mins

A more idyllic setting for a distillery, on the shores of Loch Harport, Skye, with views of the Cuillins, is hard to imagine. Five copper stills turn out the distinctive smoky-sweet Talisker single malt. Deep and elemental, Talisker is very much a product of its rugged, windswept home. Visit the distillery on the Minginish Peninsula, take in the dramatic views of the Black Cuillin, and discover why Talisker whisky distillery owes so much to the sea.

Edradour Distillery

Visitor Centre

Pitlochry,

Perthshire PH16 5JP

April to October: Daily 10am – 5pm

Tours from: £7.50pp Time: 60 mins

Renowned as the smallest and most picturesque distillery in Scotland, Edradour is also one of the most visited, and for good reason. Situated roughly two hours away from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, you’ll be given the chance to tour this beautiful little distillery seeing the processes that haven’t changed since Victorian times before being given a few drams in the distillery’s old Malt Barn. Also make sure and take advantage of the distillery shop to access some of the limited amounts of excellent bottlings.

Benromach Distillery Company Ltd

Visitor Centre

Invererne Road, Forres,

Moray IV36 3EB

June to August: Daily 9:30am – 5pm

Tours from: £6pp Time: 30 mins

Benromach Distillery near the market town of Forres is part of the malt whisky trail and was bought by Gordon & MacPhail a number of years ago. At the four-star visitor centre you can see their three distillers at work as they orchestrate every second of the production by sight, sound and touch. Friendly tour guides will proudly show you around the boby mill, mash tun, 4 wooden washbacks, 2 copper stills, spirit safe, filling room, dunnage warehouses and visitor centre with many mementoes. And, of course, you can enjoy a tutored tasting of its gorgeous classic Speyside Single Malt Whisky. The distillery may be the smallest in Speyside, drawing its water from the foot of the Romach hills, but it also has one of the warmest welcomes.

The Glenfiddich Distillery

Visitor Centre

Dufftown Banffshire, AB55 4DH

April to October: Daily 9:30am – 4:00pm

Tours from: £10pp Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Founded in 1886, Glenfiddich is one of the largest, and one of the last, independent whisky distilleries in the country. More than 70,000 visitors make their way there annually. The distillery is still owned by the family of founder William Grant.

Your visit begin with a short film recounting the story of the five generations of family ownership. Then you get a tour of the distillery and a visit to the still house and warehouses. The special conclusion to your visit is a tutored nosing and tasting of four world-renowned single malts.

Located about a kilometre north of Dufftown, the distillery is very picturesque and boasts tall copper tuns, great wooden wash-backs and stone-walled warehouses filled with earthy, aged aromas.

Auchentoshan Distillery

Visitor Centre

By Dalmuir, Clydebank G81 4SJ

All Year: Daily 10am – 5pm

Tours from: £10pp Time: 60 mins

The closest distillery to Glasgow, Auchentoshan is a great little distillery to visit and it produces some of the country’s lightest whiskies. On the tour, you’ll get to take in the whole whisky making process including a look at that fascinating triple distillation process. You’ll also be given the chance to sample three of Auchentoshan’s own range as well as one from one of their stablemates – Bowmore or Glen Garioch.

The Famous Grouse

Visitor Centre

The Famous Grouse Experience at the Glenturret Distillery

Glenturret Distillery

The Hosh, Crieff PH7 4HA

April to October: 10am-6pm

Tours from: £10.00pp Time: 60 mins

The Famous Grouse Experience is located at Scotland’s oldest working distillery – Glenturret. Originally established as a single malt distillery in 1775, today The Famous Grouse Experience is the most visited distillery in Scotland (welcoming an average of 100,000 visitors every year).

The distillery was fully refurbished in 2014 and was recently awarded UK Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year by Whisky Magazine. The new cafe and restaurant facilities, Wilde Thyme at Glenturret, give visitors a unique and memorable taste of Perthshire.

The distillery offers the opportunity to learn how a single malt is made in the traditional way, as well as learning how some of the Glenturret single malt is then blended along with other grain and malt whiskies to create The Famous Grouse, the No. 1 whisky in the UK.

Laphroaig

Visitor Centre

Port Ellen, Isle of Islay PA42 7DU

March to December: Daily 9.15am – 5pm

Tours from: £10.00pp Time: 60 mins

Take a trip to one of the most famous distilleries around, Laphroaig, on the beautiful island of Islay. You can experience 200 years of Laphroig’s history in the museum and visit the distillery which produces one of the best known spirits in the world. The new bar which opened in April of this year is the ideal location to sample a peaty Laphroaig. Situated close to both Ardbeg and Lagavulin, you could visit all three.

Glengoyne Distillery

Visitor Centre

Dumgoyne, Near Killearn

Glasgow G63 9LB

March to November: 10am-6pm

Tours from: £9.50pp Time: 45 mins

Glengoyne distillery is just under 40 minutes from Glasgow – although you wouldn’t guess it from the views of the hills.

When arriving you can enjoy a dram of the Glengoyne 12 Year Old, overlooking a lovely waterfall and, of course, the secret glen where it all began. You can follow the journey the spirit makes – through mashtun and washbacks to the swan-necks of the copper stills. You’ll discover how every ounce of flavour is captured before the spirit is sent to the cask. In the cool confines of the stone warehouse, you’ll see where the magic of maturation takes place. and how the whisky ages – from the difference the wood makes, to how the spirit deepens in colour over the years. After the tour, you might want to stroll up to the waterfall and the hidden glen – it’s a tranquil spot, the perfect end to the tour.

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