Find Scotland Tours that visit Glenlivet Distillery.
|Address:||The Glenlivet Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB Tel: 01542 783220|
|Operated by:||Chivas Bros.|
|Opening Hours:||Tour times from 11th March to 8th November: Daily 9:30am – 6pm |
"Classic Tours" depart every 30 minutes from 10am to 4:30pm
|Admission:||£10 for the "Classic Tour" which lasts ~75 mins and includes 1 tasting. For £40 - £65 you can book more elaborate whisky tasting tours.|
|Languages:||Audio Guides in French, German, Italian & Spanish|
|Accessibility:||Disabled Access in the Visitor Centre & Warehouses. There is a viewing platform in the production are for people with limited mobility.|
|Cafe/Restaurant:||Yes, offers basic snacks such as sandwiches, filled baked potatoes and soup.|
"The Glenlivet" Distillery has the distinction of being the first licensed distillery in the Glenlivet area. At one time there were around 200 illegal stills around this area and the name "Glenlivet" was used by many competing distilleries. Glenlivet's owner, John Smith son of the founder, realised the importance of branding so in 1884 he took legal action to reserve use of the title "The Glenlivet".
The B9136 road that leads to the distillery from Tomintoul is very attractive and this is our recommended route to Glenlivet, but the distillery is clearly signposted from all directions with brown tourism signs.
Glenlivet Distillery has a very good visitor centre with a well presented café and shop in a recently refurbished building. The distillery itself is a mixture of old buildings and more recent industrial looking buildings that detract a bit from the charm of the place.
The basic free tour last about 45 minutes and at the end you get to sample either a 12, 15 or 18 yr old "Expression" of The Glenlivet malt. If you aren't sure about whisky, it is better to try the younger malts as they tend to be lighter and more delicately flavoured.
Specialist "Spirit of the Malt" tasting tours lasting 2 - 3 hours can also be booked at Glenlivet. They can be arranged between 9:30am and 2pm (the 2pm cut of is due to their extended duration). On these tours, you get to sample some Glenlivet straight from the cask and then get a sampling session where you can try 7 different "expressions" of Glenlivet. These tours cost £30 and need to be booked in advance via the Glenlivet website.
Whilst visiting the distillery we also recommend taking a short drive to the old Packhorse Bridge that crosses the River Livet. To get here, return to the B9136 and turn right, at the next T junction turn right onto the B9008 which is signposted to Tomintoul. Just after passing through the small group of houses at Glenlivet, you see a brown sign to the Packhorse Bridge. The old bridge is on your right and there is space to park your car so you can stop here for a picnic by the River Livet.
Last tour at 4pm. Children under 8 not allowed in production areas.