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Glenlivet Distillery


2022 Update - Current opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-12pm & 1pm-5pm (last entry at 4pm)

"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.

Children under 8 not allowed in production areas.


The Glenlivet Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB Tel: 01340 7821720

Operated by:

Chivas Bros.

Opening Hours:

The visitor centre is open all year apart from the Christmas - New Year holiday period
Tuesday-Saturday 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday-Monday 10am - 5pm
"Original Tours" depart at 10am, 11:30am, 3pm,


£15 for the "Original Tour" which lasts ~90 mins and includes 3 tastings from the core Glenlivet range.
More elaborate tasting tours are available and range in price from £30 - £65.
Pre-booking is advised for all of the tours, email: [email protected]




Audio Guides in French, German, Italian & Spanish


Disabled Access in the Visitor Centre & Warehouses. There is a viewing platform in the production are for people with limited mobility.






They have a Whisky Bar where you can also order coffee and tea.

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