Royal Lochnagar Distillery & Visitors Centre

Distilleries

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.

    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 Reserve Tour
    £10 (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 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 royal.lochnagar.distillery@diageo.com 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.

     

    Gradings
    5 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    January & February
    5 Jan 2015 - 28 Feb 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 16:00
    Tuesday 10:00 16:00
    Wednesday 10:00 16:00
    Thursday 10:00 16:00
    Friday 10:00 16:00
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
    Bank Holiday Closed
    March
    2 Mar 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 16:00
    Tuesday 10:00 16:00
    Wednesday 10:00 16:00
    Thursday 10:00 16:00
    Friday 10:00 16:00
    Saturday 10:00 16:00
    Sunday Closed
    Bank Holiday Closed
    November & December
    1 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 16:00
    Tuesday 10:00 16:00
    Wednesday 10:00 16:00
    Thursday 10:00 16:00
    Friday 10:00 16:00
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed
    Bank Holiday Closed
    April - July
    1 Apr 2015 - 31 Jul 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 12:00 17:00
    August
    1 Aug 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 18:00
    Tuesday 10:00 18:00
    Wednesday 10:00 18:00
    Thursday 10:00 18:00
    Friday 10:00 18:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 12:00 17:00
    September
    1 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 12:00 17:00
    October
    1 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 16:00
    Sunday 12:00 16:00

    Road Directions

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

     

    The Balmoral Bridge which crosses the River Dee at Balmoral Castle going from the North Deeside Road, the A93, to the South Deeside Road, the B976 will be closed from Wednesday 8th October until at least Friday 30th January 2015. This is the main access route to Royal Lochnagar Distillery. During this time Royal Lochnagar Distillery will be open for visitors and tours of the distillery will take place. To access the distillery at this time leave Ballater and cross the River Dee bridge there on to the South Deeside Road the B976, travel along this road for just over 7 miles (11km) and turn left (an awkward turning, low gear advised) at the brown distillery sign. Carry on up the Still Brae to the top where you will see Royal Lochnagar Distillery.

    Public Transport Directions

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

     

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