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Dalwhinnie Distillery

Overview

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.

The distillery is located on the A889 next to a small village which has a cafe, petrol station and railway station, but not much more. In the earlier days, when Highlanders drove their cattle to markets in Perth, Dalwhinnie stood at the intersection of 2 key drover routes through the mountains and the name comes from "Dail Chuinnidh", which means "meeting place" in Gaelic. It is quite possible that Dalwhnnie Distillery has its origins from someone setting up a still here to supply the weary herdsmen with a "wee dram" after a long day's hike through the hills.

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 Distillery tours can be pre-booked Online at this website.

Address:

Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire PH19 1AB Tel: 01540 672219

Operated by:

Diageo

Opening Hours:

January to May: Daily, 9:30 am - 5 pm June: Daily, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm July & August: Daily, 9:30am - 6 pm September: Daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm October to December: Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm; Closed 25 / 26 / 27 December and 1 / 2 January. Arrive at least 1 hour before the closing time if you want to do a tour late in the day, OR pre-book a tour by e-mailing: dalwhinnie.distillery@diageo.com

Admission:

The basic Distillery Tour costs £ 12 for adults and £6 for 8 - 17 yrs (Children under 8 yrs old are not allowed in production areas). / The "Tasting Tour" includes a distillery tour and a taste of 6 "expressions" with chocolates. This costs £24 (Adults only for obvious reasons). / Tastings without a tour can be purchased separately if you don't want or don't have time to do the tour.

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

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