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Dalwhinnie Distillery

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Address: Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire PH19 1AB Tel: 01528 522208
Operated by: Diageo
Opening Hours: November to March: Daily 10am - 3:45pm;  Tours at 10:15, 11:30 and 13:30, 14:45. 
April, May & October: Daily, 9:30am - 16:45pm (tours depart regularly) last tour at 4pm
June & September: Daily, 9:15am - 5:15pm (tour depart regularly) last tour 4:30pm
July & August: Daily, 9:15am - 5:45 pm (tours depart regularly) last tour 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 10am - 2pm, Tours at 11am and 1pm.
Closed 25 / 26 / 27 December and 1 / 2 January.
Children under 8 yrs old are not allowed in production areas.
Admission: A wide range of tour options availabe. The basic tour prices start at £ 12 for adults / £6 for 8 - 17 yrs. 
Tastings can be purchased separately if you don't want or don't have time to do the tour.
You can select tasting sessions ranging from 3 to 6 different malts with or without chocolates.
Parking: Yes
Languages: Leaflets in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Russian and Japanese. 
Information boards in French, German, Italian and Spanish
Accessibility: Restricted to the Visitor Centre only
Toilets: Yes
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No

 

When travelling on the A9 between Pitlochry and Kingussie you can see the buildings of Dalwhinnie to the west of the road. A small detour off the A9 at the A889 will bring you to the village of Dalwhinnie and the distillery.

Dalwhinnie’s claim to fame is that it is the highest working distillery in Scotland. There is one other distillery at greater altitude, but it is no longer in production. Dalwhinnie can also claim to be the coldest distillery in Scotland with an average annual temperature of  around 6 degrees centigrade.

A distinctive feature of Dalwhinnie Distillery is the two large wooden cooling "tubs" that sit outside the still house. These large vessels hold the water that is used to condense the spirit as it escapes from the stills.

One of Dalwhinnie's two stills was replaced in 2006. You will find it very hard to tell which one is the new one as it has been crafted with great skill by the Coppersmiths.

The Dalwhinnie tour is a relatively simple affair without any Audio-Visual presentations and it will take about 45 minutes. At the end of the tour, you receive a tasting of the Dalwhinnie 15yr old malt which you can try with a piece of dark chocolate that compliments the character of this malt.

During our visit we noted that the prices of whisky in the distillery shop were quite competitive. Visitors who taken a tour can also take advantage of a £5 discount on purchases in the distillery shop.

Dalwhinnie outside with large cooling vats

Window into Dalwhinnie warehouse

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