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Glenfiddich Distillery

Overview

Glenfiddich Distillery is located just a little to the north of the Speyside village of Dufftown. One of the best known brands of single malt, the business has been continuously in the ownership of the Grant family since they started this distillery here in 1886. This continuity of ownership is an  impressive achievement in an industry that has seen so many distilleries bought out by big internationals. Glenfiddich is also the only distillery in Speyside where Bottling still takes place on site.

This distillery is a regular stopping point on the holiday Coach Tour routes so it can be very busy in summer and is a less intimate tour experience than some of the smaller operations. On the plus side, the facilities are very good and, even if you don't do a tour of Glenfiddich distillery,  the "Malt Barn" restaurant is a good option for some coffee and cake.

Distillery tours are held at regualr intervals so there is usually no need to advance book for small groups, but if you wish to be guaranteed a particular tour at a particular time, you can pre-book your tour place online at the Glenfiddich website

The standard "Explorer" tour will take about 90 mins and it includes an Audio Visual presentation prior to visiting the production areas.

If you are really into your Glenfiddich, you can pay extra to go on the "Solera" or "Pioneer" tours which give you the opportunity to sample so rare 15 yr old whiskies. These tours do need to be pre-booked well in advance as numbers are limited.

At the end of the tour you get to sample some of the Glenfiddich malt or the Glenfiddich Liqueur. The tasting room is modern with glass tubes displaying a wide range of different "expressions" of Glenfiddich. The tasting room also has a computer terminal that lets you take a picture of yourself to then email on to your friends.

The shop at Glenfiddich is worth a special mention for the wide range of items on sale. In addition to the usual bottles of whisky there is a wide range of Glenfiddich branded clothing and gift items.

Address:

Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Banffshire AB55 4DH Tel: 01340 820373

Operated by:

William Grant & Sons Ltd

Opening Hours:

Open all year (Jan 2 - Dec 22) Daily: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Admission:

Glenfiddich Distillery Tours with tasting sessions can be pre-booked via the Glenfiddich website / calling the number above or by emailing glenfiddichbookings@wgrant.com / The "Explorer" tour costs £10 for a 90 minute tour with 3 whisky tastings, which is good value! Explorer Tours depart on the hour from 10am - 4pm.

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

Yes – French, German & Italian speaking guides and a multi-lingual film presentation. Other languages maybe available with advance notice (e.g. Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Mandarin, Cantonese)

Accessibility:

Most areas are accessible to wheelchair users

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes, the "Malt Barn" restaurant offers a range of snacks in a pleasant setting.

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