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Aberlour Distillery

Overview

2022 Update -  

  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm   
  • Due to on-site construction, there will be no tours of production areas in 2022, but they do offer a Tasting Sessions at 2 pm. These tastings need to be pre-booked.

Due to construction activity onsite, all visitors are asked to park cars and bikes in Aberlour village and walk to the visitor centre, which is temporarily located in the Gatehouse. For disability access, please call ahead and appropriate parking will be made available on the day.

PLEASE NOTE: The description of the Distillery Tour that follows is based on the tours that were offered prior to Covid19. Tours of production areas have been canceled as a precaution during Covid19.

Aberlour Distillery is located in the Speyside Whisky region and sits close to the A95 at the west end of the small town of Aberlour. The Distillery sits in a wooded hollow near the tributary where the River Lour joins the River Spey.

The name Aberlour is derived from Gaelic. "Aber" is a Gaelic word that means the mouth of a river, or the meeting place of rivers (in this case the meeting of the River Lour and River Spey).

Aberlour is one of the more attractive and traditional looking distilleries on Speyside, but once you step inside the production areas you may be surprised at how modern the equipment is relative to the old-fashioned appearance of the buildings.

The tour starts with a brief (~15 min) history of whisky making in Scotland and some details about the founders of Aberlour distillery. You then start on a 30 - 45 minute walk around the production areas. During the walk round you get a chance to taste the "sweet worts", which is the beer like liquid that is distilled to produce the whisky spirit.

The last hour of the Aberlour tour is spent tasting 5 different "expressions" of the Aberlour Malt in the tasting room. You can also taste some of the pure spirit taken directly from the still, but this might overpower your taste buds for the delicacies to follow.

The attractive tasting room is situated in a corner of a warehouse with glass panels that allow you to view the maturing whisky barrels whilst sampling the finished product.

The "Experience" tour can last from 1.5 to 2 hours (45 mins for the tour and at least 1 hour for the tasting) and can take longer depending on who you get as your guide.

Spaces are limited to ~16 so book in advance via the website to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, telephone or email:
tel: +44(0)1340 881 249
email: [email protected]

 

Address:

Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 9PJ Tel: 01340 881 249

Operated by:

Chivas Bros.

Opening Hours:

Distillery Shop Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm - No tours of production areas in 2022, but they do offer Tasting Sessions that range from £20 - £60.

Admission:

£20 for the 1 hour long "Best of Aberlour" Tasting session with 5 expressions of the Aberlour Malt.

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

No

Accessibility:

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No, but facilities are available nearby in Aberlour town at the Old Pantry Teashop and the Mash Tun pub.

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