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Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Balmoral, Crathie | Off A93, Ballater AB35 5TB, Scotland
013397 42700
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Ballater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
57 helpful votes 57 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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64 reviews 64 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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Frankfurt/Main
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16 reviews 16 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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