Royal Lochnagar Distillery & Visitors Centre


Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB

    Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience.

    Neighbouring Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. Watch as our team of operators tend to our traditional mashtun, gleaming copper stills and fill casks at our tradtional distillery, which retains much of its origional charm. Each tour will end with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt. 

    Lochnagar Tour
    £7 (including £3 off the purchase of any 70cl bottle of single malt)
    A guided tour of the Distillery explaining how we make our whisky from Barley to Bottle finishing with a Dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old.

    Lochnagar Family of Whisky Tour
    £12 (including £3 off the purchase of any 70cl bottle of single malt)
    A guided tour around the distillery explaining how we make our whisky from Barley to Bottle, finishing with three drams, encompassing the Royal Lochnagar Family of Whisky; the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old. Royal Lochnagar Distiller's Edition and Selected Reserve..

    Royal Tour
    £30 (including £3 off the purchase of any 70cl bottle of single malt)
    A welcoming cup of coffee and homemade shortbread in the Distillery Library where you will learn the history of the distillery, followed by an in-depth tour explaining how we make our whisky from Barely to Bottle, hosted by one of our knowledgeable members of staff. After the tour there will be a very special tasting of Royal Lochnagar as well as a specially selected rare whisky.  

    This exclusive Royal Tour takes place from Monday to Saturday at 11am for a inimum number of 2 people. Booking in advance is essential, so please contact us at or the visitor centre on 013397 42700.
    Booking for groups of over 8 is advisable prior to any visit.

    For health & safety reasons, children under 8 years old are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery.

    Disabled persons including those with guide dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome at our 12 distillery visitor centres.

    We will make reasonable adjustments to the distillery visitor tour that we offer at each visitor centre to ensure that disabled persons including those with guide dogs or other assistance dogs have a positive visitor experience and, above all else, remain safe.

    The unique layout of each distillery location and visitor centre means that the reasonable adjustments we make at each distillery may vary.

    If you are a guide dog assisted person we ask you to book your visit in advance highlighting your specific requirements so that we can endeavour to deliver a positive visitor experience.

    5 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    April - July 2014
    1 Apr 2014 - 31 Jul 2014
    August 2014
    1 Aug 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
    September 2014
    1 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014
    October 2014
    1 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
    November & December 2014
    1 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014
    March 2015
    1 Mar 2015 - 31 Mar 2015


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available


    • ASVA Member
    • Disabled toilets


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Disabled Parking
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Toilets

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Switch Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card

    Road Directions

    We are situated at Crathie which is just off the A93, 9 miles from Braemar and 8 miles from Ballater. The distillery lies along from the Gates of  Balmoral Castle in the heart of Royal Deeside.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Aberdeen railway station 50 miles (approx)

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • Parking provided for visitors

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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