Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre

Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre

Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
We are a 4 star visitor attraction: a Highland Distillery Visitor Centre with a range of tours and award winning whiskies available. We have a shop in which you can purchase Tomatin merchandise and various expressions of Tomatin, including filling your own bottle from one of our cask strength distillery exclusive whiskies. The Tomatin Distillery lies just 16 miles south of Inverness and 15 miles north of Aviemore on the A9 - extremely convenient for anyone travelling to or from the Highlands! We are open 7 days all year round! April-September 9.30am-5.30pm October-March 10.30am-4.30pm Please contact us or visit our website for more information or to book your tour. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • courtneyshutup
    Sydney, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible whisky experience
    This is the best distillery tour you can do, we were incredibly lucky to have Morven show us around and we experienced such an in depth look at the distillery and each part of the process. Morven was incredibly knowledgeable, and such an engaging and honest guide which is rare to find. Also, it helps that the whisky is incredibly delicious. They even accounted for our driver, and provided sample bottles for him to try later so he didn’t miss out. Definitely recommend the “Taste of Tomatin” tour. You walk around a working distillery and see the process as it happens, speaking to different workers such as the on site cooper, the distiller etc, incredible access to see first hand. 10/10
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 26, 2023
  • carine B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impecable explanation
    Today we've made the distillery-tour (legacy-tour) guided by Fiona. It was a wonderful and personal tour with a lot of explanation that is not given in other distilleries. Fiona made sure every one understood and had a complete experience. Step by step the process of brewing whisky became clear. Also, with regard to the tasting, Fiona informed us well regarding flavours, age of the whisky and the risk of drunk driving. Therefore the distillery had forseen a sollution by giving drivers little bottles in order for visitors to take a whisky sample home. Very engenious! There was no haste involved, although we had booked the shortest tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Liz H
    Inverness, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit. Excellent.
    What a great tour we had from Fiona. Very informative and very humerous! She has an amazing knowledge and customer service from her 17 years there and it shows. Excellent value for money and I’ll definitely be taking more friends there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Sune P
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully unexpected
    We booked in for a tour at Tomatin after not being able to get space on a tour at our first choice, and are we glad we did!! The tour was unique, informative and fun. Colin was a great host and answered all of our questions, and went above and beyond to make the tour fun and informative for everyone. Colin and the rest of the staff were extremely friendly and helped us chose “the right bottle” to buy to take home as a souvenir. Tomatin has two new fans, and we will be back.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Hannah C
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit!
    We visited seven distilleries and this was by far our favorite tour (and whisky). Rosemary (apologies if that's not the correct spelling) was so knowledgable, funny, and just wonderful overall. We learned so much about the whole process, the various craftsman, and the history of the area, and got to top it off with a delicious tasting. The whiskies were light but complex and we all walked away with some to take home. I can't recommend this tour enough and I hope to come back some day!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Brenda M
    Skelmorlie, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Experience
    We really enjoyed the tour our guide was a lovely Irish lady Fiona who made the experience very interesting and also humorous! She told us lots of facts about the distillery with a few funny facts thrown in! In our opinion she really made the tour for us!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Ryan2209
    Glasgow, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beladrum Music Festival Whisky Cocktail class
    Our experience was at the Beladrum music festival where the knowledge of the 2 young ladies for Thursdays Cocktail masterclass was outstanding - Thank you! My only constructive criticism is, the team deserve a larger area for what they are delivering, between 18-25 people around a small table isn’t ideal, the quality and professionalism of what was on offer deserves the space and time. That said, Thank you again and I’ll look forward to the distillery tour soon!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • zathura2016
    Leicester, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Visit
    Colin, our guide, was informative and informal. He had plenty of little nuggets of information which made the tour different to other tours we have been on. He managed the overseas visitors - who had youngsters with them - with confidence and generosity. The whisky tasting options were interesting and varied. I've only given it a four rating because we would have delayed our visit if we had known it was silent season and there was no production
    Thank you for your review. We always take points seriously and note your reason for the rating
    Written August 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • KezB74
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place ever!
    Absolutely brilliant! Information was given every step of the way by our guide, Alistair. He was great! Nothing was too much trouble. Let you ask questions, showed us literally the whole place! It was absolutely fantastic. Tasting at the end was great. Each one was explained, even little bottles for drivers! Great idea! Staff were amazing. Extremely polite and helpful. Very, very clean, well marked and signposted Ana amazing place! Certainly deal with small independent places again, rather than the bigger more recognised ones! Thanks to you all at Tomatin Distillery for making a grey afternoon brilliant.
    Hello and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your Tomatin experience so much. Hopefully you will pas this way again in the future. Thanks for your part in making "a grey afternoon brilliant"
    Written August 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Mike B
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience!!
    We did the distillery tour on Saturday, August 19th with our group of six and it’s been the highlight of our Scotland trip so far! Rosemary was a phenomenal tour guide, very entertaining and informative. This is the only distillery where you can step inside a decommissioned masher which was very cool. We had six tastings each and felt like we left with the full experience. Thank you so much for an amazing experience! We highly recommend.
    Many thanks and I am glad that you had an amazing experience
    Written August 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
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Thomas C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Our trip to Tomatin was really enjoyable. Our tour guide Ken was very knowledgeable and went into great detail about the whisky making process at Tomatin. You get to tour much of the distillery and at the end get to taste three Tomatin whiskies - the Legacy whisky, the 12 year old and the experimental Cù Bòcan which is delicious. Overall the tour is great value for money and it left me feeling much more knowledgeable about how whisky is made and the process at Tomatin. Don't miss out!
Written October 11, 2020
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What a great review! There are few things better for us than hearing you left feeling more knowledgeable about the Whisky making process, that is definitely one of our goals here at Tomatin. Ken will be particularly pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thanks on behalf of the entire Visitor Centre Team Stewart
Written October 15, 2020
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Marti A
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Tomatin 12 is one of my go to drams so we had to visit the distillery whilst we stayed in Inverness. We took a taxi from Inverness city centre and it took 25 minutes (£32).

The distillery is large and whilst the 'legacy' tour only shows you a relatively small area of the overall estate you still get to see the main bits, spirit stills, malt hoppers, warehouses etc. The tour guide Rosemary was excellent, very funny, informative and relaxed - a great ambassador for Tomatin and that part of the world! I have done many distillery visits and she was easily the best and made the trip for my girlfriend and i.

At the end of the tour you get to sample some drams and buy some excellent bottles of whisky and gifts in the shop. There is also a bar set up where you can enjoy various Tomatin whisky at excellent prices - £2 for a Tomatin 12 - £4 for an Antiquary 21 etc. We sat in the sun on the tables outside and enjoyed some great drams, even a 36 year old and then got a taxi back to Inverness. Thank you Tomatin & Rosemary!
Written July 25, 2021
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Hi Tauf1234, Thanks for your 5-circle review, and more praise for Rosemary - I'll be sure to pass it on! It sounds like you felt the expense of taking a taxi was justified and that's really good to hear, it's always nice when everyone in a group can taste the whisky. Thanks again for your review, I'm very pleased that you and your girlfriend enjoyed your visit. Cheers Ken
Written July 28, 2021
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Tom D
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
The Tomatin distillery is an excellent experience, giving a detailed and in-depth tour of what used to be the largest distillery in Scotland. Our tour guide, Kev, was knowledgeable, engaging and humorous and led us on a fantastic journey through the distilling process - thanks so much! The tour is exceptionally well priced, including a great length tour and a tasting of three different Tomatin whiskies at the end (including provision of a miniature for drivers). I wholeheartedly recommend a visit, was one of the highlights of our highland holiday.
I can recommend driving the coast of Loch Ness and then visiting Tomatin afterwards, which makes for a fantastic day.
Written February 5, 2022
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I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour of Tomatin Distillery and that it was one of the highlights of your highland holiday. Hopefully you will be able to visit us again sometime. Cheers Stewart
Written March 21, 2022
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Sasha C
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The second time I've visited this distillery for a tour & tasting, and once again I was blown away by the incredible hospitality of every one of thier staff. They went above and beyond to make sure that at each minute we were kept entertained and interested. Patrick, our guide, is an asset to the company - tailored the tour for us perfectly.
I've always been a fan of Tomatin, not only for their whisky, but each time I drink their dram, I'm reminded of the great times had there. Thank you once again Tomatin!
Written January 23, 2020
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619Joey
San Diego, CA1,240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
First stop on my whiskey tour.

It was interesting to learn how the attached hamlets housed the distillery employees back in the day. These days many distilleries no longer do this. It was the nearest one of the four stops to Inverness but seemed to be in the middle of no where.

We took a tour of the facility walking through the whiskey process. Pictures are allowed except in two areas the guide will let you know. Guide is very knowledgeable.

The tour included a sample of a legacy 5 year, 12 year, and a mildly peated 9 year old. The peated whiskey is a recent addition to their product line. All the whiskies were good.

Overall, it was an awesome tour.

The gift shop has free Wi-Fi. It is not very big. They offer bottles and some branded souvenir items for sale.
Written October 15, 2020
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Thanks for your review Joey. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and your drams. Thanks on behalf of the entire Visitor Centre Team Stewart
Written October 23, 2020
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ArabianPrincessQatar
Doha, Qatar94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Easily accessible from Inverness by car, but book in advance! We were disappointed the first day when we turned up and everything was fully booked. Despite our disappointment, Rosemary was kind enough to give us a taste of the whisky and we managed to get a slot on our last day in Scotland, and it was well worth it.

Izzie was our guide and we had only 12 people on our tour (covid restricted numbers) - she showed us the process of making Tomatin and where the barrels are stored etc. The whole time you get the feeling that you really are going behind the scenes and not being taken just to the polished tourist areas. She unlocks doors that are padlocked so that you can go inside where the barrels are kept. At the end we were given 3 sips to try. Those who were driving, were given a minature bottle of Tomatin Legacy to take home with them.
Written May 8, 2022
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faoilinn
East Calder, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Not the best distillery visit I've been on. The guide was an South African lady who happens to live in the area. Her knowledge was a bit thin. The distillery itself was not fully in production when we visited and it appears that Tomatin, now owned by a Japanese company, produces dar less whisky now than in the past.
Written March 1, 2020
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I'm really sorry to hear you weren't entirely satisfied with your tour. We are a working distillery and the result of this is that there are times when we may not be in production. We pride ourselves on our level of access to the distillery facilities, however we are currently having some parts of our roof replaced and this limits access in some places. I hope you will consider returning to Tomatin in the future for another tour.
Written March 3, 2020
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We booked the 75 minute Legacy tour (£12.50) one day in advance. Glad we did, the ten person tour was full and they were turning away walk-ins. We liked the decidedly un-touristy nature of the tour; tight spaces, smelly rooms, and low head-bumping structures. Ken did a terrific job of informing and entertaining; great sense of humor. Afterwards, we tasted three of their products. We appreciated that instead of serving alcohol to the driver, they provided a 50ml sample bottle to take away. Note that the tour does not involve the grain mashing process; that is subcontracted to another company. And, the tour did not include the barreling or bottle filling. By the way, we enjoyed sitting at their picnic tables just outside of the Visitor Center to eat the picnic lunch we brought.
Written June 28, 2022
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Hi Mike, thanks for taking your time to write your review. Some people may take offence at their tourist destination being described as having tight spaces and smelly room however we love that aspect of our distillery and I am glad you did as well. We are a real working distillery and we try to offer our guests the real experience rather than a sanitised one. We hope to see you back again one day. Thanks, Martin
Written August 27, 2022
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94009007
Edinburgh, UK346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Probably our favourite distillery tour ever. Our guide Ken was superb, very friendly and knowledgeable and we were lucky it was just the two of us on the tour with him. The tasting of three whiskies was great and again Ken made it very interesting and enjoyable. As the driver I just sniffed the whiskies and had a little funnel and labelled miniature bottles to take them away. Great value tour at £12.50 each and the 14 year old port cask finish whisky we bought was really great.
Written November 18, 2022
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Hello, thank you for leaving some very kind words regarding our lead guide Ken and I am glad you took a bottle of our 14 year old away with you. Its a perfect drop for over the festive period.
Written January 16, 2023
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Teresa D
Alnwick, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited the Distillery today at short notice and we were met with excellent warmth and hospitality and taken on a tour by Fiona even though we only visited as a couple - so a nice personal experience.
The wealth of knowledge and experience given by Fiona on the tour was exceptional - a very enjoyable time and one we would highly recommend.
Thank you Fiona
Written January 29, 2020
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