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Royal Lochnagar Distillery

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Address: Balmoral, Crathie | Off A93, Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 013397 42700
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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If You Are Looking For A Great Distillery Experience - This Isn't It!

I awarded Lochagar four stars even though I think this is just an average (or maybe even below average) distillery experience. Let me explain.. The Royal Lochnagar Distillery... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I awarded Lochagar four stars even though I think this is just an average (or maybe even below average) distillery experience. Let me explain.. The Royal Lochnagar Distillery is located about a mile or so from the Balmoral Castle within the Scottish national park named The Cairngorms. The distillery itself is quite small and at the time of our visit... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you want to learn about Scotch, this is the place. We started with the Royal Tour option and it began with a private briefing in library, followed by a tour - no pics allowed - and ended with a private tasting. Very professional.

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Makadi Bay, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Spent a few hours here on a Sunday afternoon, you get to go round the distillery and look at how Whiskey is produced, the lady taking is around is very good and informative, however if like me you have very little knowledge about the Whiskey process you will find it difficult to keep up with the pace and all the... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

How lucky we were to have Erik show us this Distellery, we were passing and unpremeditated we made our visit, the Distillery has great charm a superb product with an amazing range of locally produced whiskeys , Royal Lochnagar has Royal patronage, well it's almost in the back garden of the Royal residence, no surprises there then, expensive whisky drunk... More 

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Cambridge, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

One star dinged for letting Nigel retire without a replacement cat. Gordon was a very knowledgable and entertaining tour guide. He's a true educator with genuine enthusiasm. I learned a lot and tasted more flavors with his guidance than I had at other distillery tasting events, like Talisker.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This distillery has the whole proces on their own property. You can see all the fases of the process of getting a very good whisky. The guide was very entertaining and knew a lot of the history etc. That's why we learned a lot about whisky. We even learn how to drink it!!

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Broxburn, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Disliked nothing about this visit except that I was driving and had to hand the whisky sample over to my partner to drink! The tour team are friendly, fun, knowledgeable. Gifts in the shop range from £5 to £lots for special bottles of whisky.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Four of us arrived for the 11 a.m. tour on a Friday and we were treated to a "private" tour since no other clients arrived at that time. Gordon Muir is an excellent guide. His explanations of every step of distilling were clear and he answered all of our questions. Active distilling does not occur on Fridays, and this meant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Went to Balmoral was ok saw the sign for this place so we took a look took a tour today 11/05/15 at 1 pm with Gordon there was me and my husband and 2 others from France . Took about 45 mins and we been to a few big distillerys but this out shines them all small freindly and amazing... More 

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I took two sets of students here over consecutive days. I'd done the tour a few years ago so just wanted to find a quiet corner and knock out some work on my laptop. The staff were very helpful and my students found the tour very informative and good value for money. Will offer the same to my students next... More 

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Additional Information about Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Address: Balmoral, Crathie | Off A93, Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 013397 42700
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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