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Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Balmoral, Crathie | Off A93, Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
013397 42700
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Ballater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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English first
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We took the small tour which lasted 45min plus the Whisky tasting. The tour was informative and we had a very good and funny time with our guide Eric. Thanks ERIC :-)

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Ottawa, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This distillery is one of the 3 or 4 left in Scotland (and probably the world) using original type of equipment. Our guide was very knowledgeable and truly loved Scotch which made for a more informed and engaging tour. They have a very nice spot, just wish they had a little restaurant or café, would have been nice to sit... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting tour of how the whiskey is made, with a sample at the end of the tour. All the staff are really friendly and open to any questions. Tour group is small so that you can really see everything - and only cost £7.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

no café to get a drink or bite to eat if you have to wait up to 1hr for next tour, staff wernt over keen to speak or encourage the tour or even buy something from shop, no historical information was shared or conversation at all. left before tour started

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Jarrow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went to this great distillery today as my wife and 2 dogs were passing the misses said distillery over there do you want to call in mmmmm yes i said do you not mind ???? so i pulled up out side got my (friends of the malt passport) out and ran like the clappers i said it would be about... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Decided to visit as we love whisky and we were in the area visiting balmoral. Its a bit out the way on the back road from Balmoral to Ballater but once you get there, it a great little distillery with a cheery welcome, and a good little tour. Tasting at the end and the opportunity to receive a "passport" for... More

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Marton, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This must be one of the Best Whisky's I've tasted and a great location, Top notch distillery, great tour and history lesson of the estate.

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Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Nestled in comfort with the Balmoral Estate, the distillery has an air of grandeur about it; from the outside and continuing straight through to the heart of its visitor care. A glass of their bread and butter golden nectar was available for nosing as soon as we entered, and the shop was well stocked wall to wall with whisky. The... More

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Perth Amboy, New Jersey
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192 reviews 192 reviews
63 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited Royal Lochnagar distillery after trying some of its namesake whiskey at a tasting and since it was close to our hotel. We had a wonderful tour with a small group of 6. I enjoyed learning about the history of the distillery (though you can guess by its name and its proximity to Balmoral castle). Jim our guide was... More

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Berkeley traveler
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We did the £10 tour/tasting and it was wonderful. Jim was our guide, and he explained everything so clearly and well. We learned so much, and the tasting of their 12 yr. and reserve whisky at the end was a great finish!

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