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Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Address: Balmoral, Crathie | Off A93, Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 013397 42700
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Ballater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Food & Drink
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Visited the distillery on Saturday. We were coming from the Inverness area so had an interesting trip through the Cairngorms with the patchy fog.. The main bridge at Crathie across to Balmoral and the distillery is closed for major works just now so beware of the detour via Ballater just now to reach the distillery - it probably added 20... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This was a fantastic waste of an hour. The tour and the history behind Royal Lochnagar Distillery was explained beautifully and walking around parts of the distillery got you so excited about tasting the whiskey but also understanding how you taste the whiskey and appreciating the flavours that come from the process. It is a must and well worth £7.00... More

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Selby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The tour was informative and a good place to visit if the weather outside is poor, (it was raining when we went there). You get a tot of whisky after the tour which I was told was fantastic, I hate the stuff so had to give mine away. all in all, a worthwhile excursion.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The bridge from the carpark at Balmoral Castle is currently closed but the 40 minute detour through Ballater is definitely worth it. Leanne was an excellent tour guide - funny, knowledgeable and passionate. Not only is the tour interesting but the area is a sight for sore (city) eyes in the Autumn.

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Lyndhurst, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I did the royal tour. Our guide was great (can't remember her name) very personable and always asked if we had more questions even though she filled our heads with a lot of great information. I was even lucky enough to do something very rare (it's a secret, sorry) overall a great time, beautiful location, tons of... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Excellent to find a tour guide that is passionate and obviously loves their job. Gordon made the tour so much more than just a walk around the process of making whisky. I would do the tour again just for Gordon's stories.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We had a wonderful tour of the distillery in a lovely spot, just around the corner from Balmoral Castle. I think our Scottish friend, Sean, got even more out of it than we did. Our guide soon softened up from the reserve that many seem to have. The tour was very interesting and we were able to see several ongoing... More

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very welcoming place all staff friendly our guide gave a very good tour and i learnt a lot about whisky . Fantastic location and the tott of whisky at the end really excellant . You really get to see how good whisky is made from start to finish

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Rio de Janeiro
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My wife and I visited the Royal Lochnagar which is very close to Balmoral Castle. The distillery is small old and cute. The tour was instructive for a non expert.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Worth a visit. The staff were very informative and welcoming. The tour lasted about 45 minutes and ended with a dram. There is a shop on premises but it would have been nice to see a cafe or similar.

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