Dalwhinnie Distillery
Dalwhinnie Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dalwhinnie Distillery is a VisitScotland five star attraction and the home to a famous Highland Single Malt Whisky renowned for its gentle flavours accentuated with notes of heather honey. Set in a mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, Dalwhinnie is the highest distillery in Scotland at 1164 feet above sea level. The name Dalwhinnie is derived from the Gaelic language, meaning ‘meeting place’, referring to the meeting of ancient cattle drovers' routes through the mountains. Dalwhinnie is 1.5 hours south of Inverness on the A9, 2 hours north of Edinburgh on the A9 and 1 hour east of Fort William on the A86 and A82. Please check our opening hours on our website before you visit us.
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  • peter c
    Sheffield, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant, insightful and informative tour
    Our host Andy made the tour absolutely brilliant, he kept the audience entertained and gave a very detailed explanation on how everything is done at Dalwhinnie. He made everyone feel welcome and onvolved every single person on the tour in one way or another. He even helped out at the end with a few questions and a request we needed. Thank you Andy for looking after us hope to see you again.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Craig
    Reading, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating visit with an amazing guide.
    A very interesting visit that was made even better by the very personal touch of Andy, the guide. I'd heard previously that guides on these types of tours can be dour or boring. Andy was neither of these things. He took time to get to know everyone there to the extent that he could and ensured no-one was left out. A beautiful facility which was explained thoroughly. Pay Andy more!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Hannah C
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must with unique knowledge!
    This was our first distillery and I am so grateful for Peter as a guide. He taught us the proper way to taste whisky to really appreciate the flavors without being overwhelmed by the alcohol, and as a non-drinker, this was a lifesaver that set us up for success on the rest of our trip. He was also the only person out of seven distilleries to give us such amazing advice, plus the added chocolate truffles during the tasting was a completely unique and fun treat that I wish more locations offered. We learned so much about the overall process as well as the history of the area and the craftsman. This is an absolute must for any whisky lover and I hope we get to return one day.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Chandler R
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional
    An incredibly informative, unique and enjoyable experience at Dalwhinnie. Robert our guide was utterly fantastic- one of the most personable and well-informed guides we encountered on our trip to Scotland. We selected the chocolate + whiskey tasting, it was as interesting in its novelty as it was complexly delicious. The tasting included speciality chocolates crafted by Ian Burnett the "Highland Chocolatier" to compliment each type of whiskey we tried. It was to die for. If you are considering taking the chocolate + whiskey tasting/tour I say go for it! Overall lots was learned, lots was enjoyed and lots of great memories were made at Dalwhinnie.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Heiko J
    Flensburg, Germany16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go there! You will not regret it
    We had such a great time at the tour. Our tour guide, Ali, was just the nicest person with lots of knowledge. She knows everything about the distillery and whisky in general. We felt very welcome and even stayed for some coffee.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • SS2510
    Mumbai, India167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t be missed
    Amazing experience with such a fun tour guide, Peter. Explained so well, made it so much fun. A must visit. The warehouse visit and whiskey tasting in the end is the highlight, so well done
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Lars v
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'd definetely recommend this for whisky-lovers
    Very nice trip to the distillery of Dalwhinnie. Our tourguide Angela was a lovely lady who took us through the process of distilling whisky and making single malt scotch as well as blends. She even told us about the differences in regions and flavors. I would definitely recommend this for whisky-lovers.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,031 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Scotch!
    We stopped in here during a tour of the area and enjoyed our time here. We missed the distillery tour but enjoyed a nice Scotch/chocolate tasting (what a great combo!) and went home with some really good Scotch and other souvenirs. The staff were oh so friendly and helpful as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Emily J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Absolutely amazing! Highly recommend! It’s easy to get to, not far from the A9 and a really unique distillery. They have options for drivers so you still get to experience a whisky tasting in takeaway bottles and the staff are incredibly knowledgable. Our guide Angela was great and made it ten times better!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • James
    Fernie, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to Scottish whiskey production
    Did the 1.5 hour tour with Andy (very tall Scottish man) who was absolutely lovely! We learned about the process in between Andy’s funny stories and charming rants. Once we went through the whiskey process we got to taste 6 different amazing flavours in different ways (neat, with water, and with chocolate). It was a very fun experience and I would definitely recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
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Ian M
Exmoor National Park, UK202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Helpful, knowledgeable and friendly staff who also ensured the process of social distancing, remote temperature checking and mask routines were followed on arrival. We were unable to book a tour as they are fully booked for a month and running just one a day, but really enjoyed looking around the displays and a value for money tasting of 4 whiskies and 4 accompanying chocolates delivered with a stimulating and fun talk that lasted about 50 minutes. This included a free tasting glass in a box to takeaway and also 4 small containers to take away the tasting samples ( as we were driving and therefore did not imbibe during the talk). We also purchased some whisky. Recommend this for a visit if en route to the Highlands - fascinating place,
Written August 17, 2020
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Richard S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We phoned to book our tour as had no data/wifi where we were staying and was very impressed with the efficient manner our query was dealt with.
The journey there from Fort William was beautiful and scenic.
On arrival was greeted pleasantly and our tour guide Una was wonderful. She was humorous and knowledgable as well as being enthusiastic making the tour a great experience we will remember. We will certainly be back again and will recommend to everybody who is interested in a whiskey tour.
The price was reasonable especially as you receive a couple of nips at the end of the tour (drivers can take theirs away in a small bottle provided) and you also get a glass in a box to take away. Also get a free sample of some delicious local chocolates.
Written March 9, 2020
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Nilesh P
Leicestershire, UK397 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
While making our way to John O Groats on the NC500 routes, we realised that this distillery was on they way. Being a person that enjoys a good single malt and not having visited a distillery before, I was pleased that this would be my first in Scotland.

The venue is beautifully located in the county side and has a lovely feel to the place when you first arrive.

A good size car park and opportunities to take photos of the outside as a souvenir of your visit.

The on-site shop is easily found and the Covid measures consist of a forehead temperature gauge and the wearing of masks.

Unfortunately I was not able to book a tour as they were fully booked. But some time spent in the shop gave me an appreciation of the place and of course I left with an unplanned purchase of an expensive bottle.

I recommend booking well ahead if you want to do a tour, otherwise a drop in visit is recommended.
Written September 18, 2020
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Andrew V
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
Had a wonderful tasting session this time. For £10.50 you had 4 decorated chocolates and 4 drams. The 4 chosen were 15yr/winters gold/ Lizzies dram and the distillers edition. A great selection to show off the distillery. The drams are 12.5 ml and you get to take a small glencairn branded glass home. If driving they have bottles and small bag to take them with you. I have to say it’s exceptional value and why I’ll keep going back.

The young host was wonderful and very knowledgable and passionate. Giving a great tip about winters gold in the freezer over ice cream that I will try shortly. She answered all questions and accommodated a varied group well. I even learnt a few new things despite having been before.

I have previously done the tour and as a veteran of around dozen distilleries it’s very good indeed with a session in the warehouse itself which isn’t too common if you get to go once Covid is over.

The shop is a little expensive and there wasn’t the usual voucher so unless it must be bought at source you are better getting a bottle in the local supermarket or online.
Written September 24, 2020
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Richard
Birmingham, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Loved the tour, fun as well as educational and enjoyed the chocolate and whisky pairing. This is a Diageo owned distillery so the shop sells various Diageo products. Despite being part of Diageo the distillery still has its own personality and feels unique with its own personality. It’s well worth upgrading to the chocolate pairing, 1) the chocolates are delicious and pair well with the whiskys but 2) you get 6 tasting rather than 2, including 2 cask strengths and the limited edition Lizzie’s dram. They provide take away samples for drivers so I was able to enjoy the tasting a second time, minus the chocolates, when I got home.
Written January 20, 2020
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MFC31
London, UK4,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
It’s an effort to get here, but it’s totally worth it! Wed pre-booked the whisky and chocolate tasting masterclass as something different to the usual tasting…. Good choice!
Our guide Angela took us through each of the four whisky’s and chocolates with in-depth yet easy to follow knowledge about the whisky and the process behind its creation. It lasted approximately 30mins.
Out the front of the distillery is a bar and undercover area serving whisky cocktails, other Diageo drams and coffee for the drivers. Dalwhinnie are the first distillery I’ve come across where they won’t let a driver drink at the tasting due to Scotland’s zero blood alcohol level for drivers. My wife got her tasting samples to take home as we’d agreed that she’d be the driver. I think this is exceptionally responsible from Dalwhinnie!
Written June 20, 2021
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BNJMNB11
Glasgow, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
A short stoat off the A9 this distillery offers the perfect opportunity to break up the journey north or south. We went as part of a birthday road trip and we were not disappointed.

Our tour group consisted of myself, my fiancé and one other couple making the tour very personal and affording plenty of time for questions and photographs. The tour lasted approximately 30/45mins and allowed you to see various parts of the distillation process before sitting down within for a generous tasting session and your very own Dalwhinnie tasting glass. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we weren’t allowed to drink on the property however each dram came in its own jar letting you take it away and enjoy at your leisure.

The shop is perfect if you want to buy a small keepsake and has a wide range of Whiskies for those looking to make more substantial investment.

A special mention has to go to our tour guide who noted that it was my 30th birthday and ensured the distillery went that extra mile to make it memorable.

Great distillery, great tour and great staff 👍🏻
Written November 3, 2020
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Jodie S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We had the most wonderful tour at Dalwhinnie for my 40th birthday, we were unsure what to expect with Covid how it would run.

This is my favourite whisky and I was very excited to finally be at the distillery. We had booked the 10am slot and when we arrived the distillery was quiet and very well kept.

We were met at the front door with a lovely smile welcoming us to Dalwhinnie.
Our temperature taken and once cleared welcomed in, hand sanitisers were available and used throughout the tour. Masks had to be worn and social distancing was in place.

We met in the gift shop but we would be able to have a good browse after the tour.

The tour guide was Una and we had two others join us. We were taken round the distillery, told the history of Dalwhinnie and then taken to the stills to learn how this wonderful whisky is made.
We had lots of fun information and learnt things we wouldn't have known if we didn't visit (No spoilers). I particularly enjoyed the store for the barrels and learning about the wood used etc.

Then came the tasting which was exceptional. We had 3 delightful drams and a chocolate to go with each from a local supplier (they were fantastic!) and we were also given our own Dalwhinnie tasting glass to take home.

As my husband was driving he got to take his drams home in the 'drivers kit' so he wasn't left out, such a brilliant idea!
As it was my birthday I did get to try a special dram which made the experience so much more.
Una was kind, well informed and happy to answer any questions, you could tell she loved her job.
After the tour and tasting we got to have a look around the shop and as we had been on the tour we got 10% off everything! Brilliant idea and well used :)

We honestly enjoyed this distillery the most out of all the ones we have previously done ( working in the trade we have been t a few!)

Many thanks Una and the team, we hope to be back one day.
Written July 22, 2021
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Andy G
Esher, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The masterclass was very well delivered. Our host provided detail about the end-to-end whisky production process that is often skipped over in an easy to follow and compelling way. The tempo and blend of talk and taste was just right - 4 whisky’s over 45 minutes. Not only did they pair the whisky with different chocolate truffles (which works really well), they also explained the theory of the type/strength of the chocolate depending on the whisky.

Having done many a distillery tour, I much prefer a tasting on its own. However, this tasting provides the info normally provided during the tour. Great balance.
Written September 24, 2020
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Anissa
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We took a wonderful whiskey tour with Andy. We ended up being the only two on the extended tour they offered and it was very informative and fun. Andy was hilarious and entertaining, but also knowledgeable and professional, providing a lot of commentary and personal insight into the whiskey making process. We learned a lot about the history of Dalwhinnie and how to properly taste whiskey. We would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is even marginally interested in whiskey.
Written November 6, 2022
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