A trip to Perthshire offers the chance to visit the oldest, smallest and most well-known whisky distilleries in Scotland (Glenturret, Edradour and Dewars).
Let your host help you plan your distillery visit with information about opening and tour times
Established in 1775, Glenturret distillery makes a claim for being the oldest working distillery in Scotland. Set in the Perthshire countryside 2 miles outside Crieff, this award-winning distillery continues to use traditional mashing by hand and cutting by eye with water from Loch Turret. Guided tours, tastings and blending. Restaurant. VisitScotland 5 Star Attraction.
The Aberfeldy distillery was established by John Dewar, who was the son of a crofter. He was born just two miles east of Aberfeldy. As a young man John spent a spell working in the wine and spirit trade in Perth and in 1846 he started his own business. He was one of the first to produce a blended Scotch Whisky. In 1896 the Aberfeldy distillery was built next to the railway, providing a door to door link. The choice of site was also determined by the supply of water from the Pitilie Burn and the locally grown barley. Nowadays you can combine a visit to a distillery with Dewar's World of Whisky which celebrates the Dewar brand. Visit Scotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction.
One of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, Bells Blair Atholl Distillery was established in Pitlochry in 1798 when John Stewart and Robert Robertson, using water from Allt Dour (Burn of the Otter), founded their ‘Aldour’ Distillery. However due to the heavy excise duties of the time, their venture didn’t last long and the distillery soon closed. Revived in 1826 and soon taken over by Peter MacKenzie & Co, the distillery was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons in 1933. Closed during the depression years and WWII, it was reopened in 1949 after modernisation. Their 12-year-old Blair Athol single malt whisky is known for its deep mellow smooth finish and their contribution to the Bell’s Blend, the UK’s most popular blended whisky, is much appreciated.
N.B. The spelling of Athol with one ‘I’ isn’t a spelling mistake but due to a past Duke of Atholl not wanting his name associated with alcohol! Open all year for tours
One of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, its main claim to fame came after the sinking of the SS Politician in 1941 when 200,000 bottles went down off the Outer Hebrides. This later inspired Compton Mackenzie's story Whisky Galore which became a popular film. VisitScotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction. Open to visitors
The Famous Grouse Experience at the Glenturret Distillery is the oldest working distillery in Scotland and has become a very popular, award winning 5 star tourist destination. Situated on the edge of the town of Crieff “The Famous Grouse Experience” is just that with plenty to enjoy for all the family at the interactive experience as well as during the distillery tours and in the lovely café. It’s the spiritual home of the Famous Grouse whisky and producer of the Glenturret single malts.
This small distillery is set in the Ochil Hills near Gleneagles, close to the A9 main route north/south. It produces single malt whisky using the local water from the nearby hills – the same water source which is bottled as the now well-known Highland Spring Water. Guided tours and shop.
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