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Macallan Distillery

Overview

The Macallan Distillery is signposted from the village of Craigellachie and it is only about 2 miles from the village. The distillery is situated just off the B9102 to Archiestown.

The Macallan is a premium quality whisky, they insist upon the exclusive use of the traditional “Golden Promise” barley, and the maturing of the whisky in specially procured Sherry casks. Depending on the time of year, the access road to the distillery will be surrounded by fields of Golden Promise Barley. 

The Edrington Group, which owns the Macallan distillery, have taken the bold move to revamp the distillery and visitor centre so it is now the most modern and high technology looking distillery in Scotland. Where there were once large "sheds" for the mash tuns and still rooms, there are now cleverly landscaped semi-subterranean buildings that blend the distillery into the green fields of the landscape.  The building is a stunning piece of modern architecture that combines functionality with organic shapes and materials. 

Some might find the modernity of the distillery controversial in an industry so steeped in tradition, but it makes sense to us. The original distillery buildings were never going to have quite the same picturesque old world charm of a distillery such as nearbyStrathisla. So the architects took the right decision to capitalise on the attractive rural setting of the distillery by blending it tastefully into the open farmland above the River Spey.

The "6 Pillars Tour" runs at intervals during the day. Earliest tour is at 11 am and the latest at 4pm. You can check the availability of tour times and make boings on the Macallan Distillery website.  The tastings include some "new spirit" straight from the still as well as 4 samples of different "expressions" of The Macallan. 

Advance booking is advised and can be done via the Macallan Distillery website.

Other distillery tour options are available for the whisky connoisseurs and these range from £40 to £100 which is a reflection of the rarity of the Macallan "expressions" that you will get to taste,


Please note: from 2nd to 22nd July the distillery is closed for maintenance and NOT in production. During this 'silent season' special tour arrangements are in operation and must be checked with the distillery.

Address:

The Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Banffshire AB38 9RX Tel: 01340 318 000

Operated by:

Edrington Group

Opening Hours:

April - October 2020 tour times not yet announced but typically 3 "Six Pillar Tours" per day at 11am. 1pm and 4 pm. / From November 25 2019 - 31 March 2020 - Daily "Six Pillar Tours" at 11am, 3pm / Closed Christmas / New Year

Admission:

"Six Pillars Tour" costs £15 for a 90 minute tour with a tutored tasting session. Pre-booking essential and it is recommended that you book at least 6 weeks in advance: call 01340 318 000 / email distillery@themacallan.com

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English speaking guide only

Accessibility:

The tours are not suitable for wheelchair users, but the Tasting Room is accessible.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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