Distilleries and Whisky Trails in Royal Deeside & the Cairngorms

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Royal Deeside’s Royal Lochnagar Distillery is one of Scotland’s finest and is located next to Balmoral Castle. The original distillery was opened in 1826 and moved to its present site in 1841 after the original buildings were burnt down – some say by competitors. The fame of the distillery spread after 1848 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited it on their first holiday on Deeside. The distillery offers regular public tours that take you through all the stages and processes of making whisky. At the end of your tour you’ll have the chance to sample the “water of life”, as we Scots call it.

Fettercairn distillery has been in operation since 1824, making it one of Scotland’s oldest malt whisky distilleries. The Distillery is snugly tucked away at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains from which it takes spring water supplies. This area is one of Scotland’s most fertile regions, and is why Fettercairn is hidden amongst its forests and glens. These distinct characteristics combine to produce a balanced malt whisky with a fine character.   The distillery is open from May to September and takes groups by arrangement.

Not far away are Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet and Tomintoul distilleries.
There are other Distilleries in the Cairngorm National Park without Visitor Centres – Balmenach at Cromdale and Speyside Distillers in Kingussie.

Why not make a day of it with the Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire. Check out our local events diary to see the nearest whisky tasting event or contact us to find out more.