Blair Athol Distillery

Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry: Hours, Address, Blair Athol Distillery Reviews: 4.5/5

Blair Athol Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. Set in open moorland south of the town, in the foothills of the Grampian mountains, Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s, mellow quality and smooth finish. Explore the range of tours and tastings available on our website and book your visit today. Advance booking is recommended. Please note the distillery will be closed on Mondays in June.
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Joel F
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Couples
We visited the distillery as a couple, including tour and tasting. Definitely recommended, the tour is super informative and gives deep insights. We booked the tour and tasting for 35£ per person, which I would highly recommend for anyone that is interested in whisky. This tasting offers an exciting range of not day-to-day whiskies. In any case, the opportunity to see this distillery and to taste their excellent whisky should not be missed
Written September 13, 2021
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Deena B
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
Couples
My partner and I have done quite a few distillery tours in Scotland. This was one of the best! Would highly recommend going in mid October when the leaves of the Virginia Creeper on the outside of the buildings turn bright red.

We did the Allt Dour tour, which is one up from the cheapest, and would highly recommend splashing out because you get to have a taste straight from a cask at the end, along with 5 other whiskies.

David, our guide, was very very knowledgeable and friendly, and provided an excellent introduction to the distillery, as well as wide ranging knowledge of the whiskies we tasted. David is clearly a man who really loves his job!

We also enjoyed a few drams in the stunning Mash Tun bar after, which is literally made out of an old copper mash tun from Clynelish distillery!
Written October 24, 2021
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James C
Glasgow, UK7 contributions
Had a brilliant time on the Blair Athol whiskey Distillery tour. The tour is very well priced, includes some excellent Whiskey and is curated by very insightful and friendly guides. Our tour guide was a very knowledgeable and delightful Spanish lady whose enthusiasm about Whiskey made our tour even more fun! She was able to recommend other whiskey's for us and talked us through everything, really great asset to the distillery. It's great to see a distillery with so much character and is a great place to have a drink once the tour is finished.
Written September 8, 2021
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NJA_7
London, UK593 contributions
Whilst on a tour of the Highlands, we were staying in Pitlochry, and decided to book a guided tour of the Blair Athol Distillery.

We quickly learnt that this is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and was established in 1798.

Due to the current climate there was a limited number of tours available. The only one available on the day we wanted to visit was the Blair Athol Allt Dour Experience. This normally costs £40 but thanks to the chancellor reducing vat this was reduced down to £35 each.

For this we had a tour of the distillery by a guide that really knew her stuff. She was extremely well informed and was happy to impart this knowledge. We were lucky as there was only three of us on the tour,

Following on from the tour, we had a tasting of six whiskies. The way this was conducted was really well thought out in order that you can fully appreciate the different flavours.

The highlight of the experience is trying one of the cask strength whisky which is drawn straight from the cask. This particular whisky is not available for sale.

Due to the number of visitors during the covid period, the barrels have been lasting a lot longer than normal and as such have further matured. We were advised that the last time it was tested it was at 60% proof, however it was more likely to be stronger.

This was a very enjoyable experience.
Written November 11, 2020
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Adrian B
5 contributions
very welcoming. jean was a great host and explained the various whisky processes during the route through the buildings ended with a tasting session and free whiskey glass. Also purchased a single malt whisky at reduced price in their whiskey shop well recommend this tour
Written October 4, 2021
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pahol2016
Frankfurt, Germany3 contributions
Solo
As an experienced distillery fan with 20+ various visits I can honestly say that this is the best I have been on

Ruairigh McKenzie was our guide and is passion and in depth knowledge shone through. A real ambassador for the distillery

All questions were answered and real humor and engagement with the tour.

Highly recommend anyone who needs an insight to malt whiskies to visit here
Written September 27, 2021
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287silverfox
Glasgow, UK32 contributions
A fascinating and extremely informative visit to this distillery, hosted by Blair Athol and consummately conducted by our guide, David.
At the time of our visit (my wife and I) Covid restrictions were still in force so masks had to be worn at all times until...........the end of the tour when we were asked to sample three whiskeys produced at this incredible establishment. Production processes of each of these were given in some detail by David, which made it all the more 'personal' (there was only one other couple on this tour , so just 4 of us in total) .
Because we'd 'done the tour' an offer of 1O% discount was made for any purchases made in the on site shop afterwards as well as being given engraved dram glasses we had used for the tasting as complimentary .
The tour/tasting took about an hour and should the opportunity arise of a further visit at some time in the future, we would willingly take first place in any queue !
Written May 6, 2021
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ElenaLM123
Aberdeen, UK16 contributions
We had an interesting tour of the distillery, although it was somewhat shorter than the one that we had at Royal Lochnagar distillery. We visited Royal Lochnagar a few times taking our various guests there, and it's the only distillery I can compare Blair Athol with. It was interesting to see the distillery during production process, as at our previous visits to Royal Lochnagar we didn't always have a chance to see it. Again, comparing with Royal Lochnagar, at Blair Atholl you can see casks in storage but you don't get a chance to smell whiskies, as you do at Royal Lochnagar. The shop was well stocked with whiskies and souvenirs and you get a discount in the shop if you are going on a tour. The staff was friendly and helpful. There was a tasting after the tour. One whisky produced by Blair Athol distillery and two whiskies from other distilleries. Every one on a tour were given a free whisky glass in a box as a present. Those who were driving were given a small box containing three little bottles where they could pour their whiskies into to try them later. There was a nice looking bar in the distillery, but we didn't visit it. The yard of the distillery looks very pretty, you can get nice photos there. We noticed that they have a function room at the distillery, and thought that it could be a good setting for an event. We had 15 people in our group on the tour. I would recommend to book a tour a couple of weeks in advance, as time slots get booked up during tourist season. The distillery is very conveniently located very near to Pitlochry town centre.
Written August 13, 2022
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Cleo R
Kilmarnock, UK5 contributions
Couples
We had a fantastic guided tour around the distillery from Tom. He shared many great stories, answered questions and was extremely attentive and covid-safe.

The whisky tasting was super - I couldn’t drink it at the time so got to take the tasters away…everyone is well catered for.

Would highly recommend! Thanks so much Tom for a fab afternoon
Written August 5, 2021
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Lauran H
Napa23 contributions
Couples
We took the Blair Athol Alt Dour Tour with David today. The experience surpassed our expectations!! David’s combination of specific knowledge about the distilling process, patience with our questions and great sense of humor were spot on for our group of 6. The realia and photos which were used along the tour as well as the ability to see into the system as we walked helped our understanding tremendously. The guided tasting of 6 very different whiskeys was amazing. Encouragement to try each whiskey and make our individual conclusions was welcome and inclusive. The chance to try a cask sample of a sherry aged whiskey was above and beyond. This entire experience took about an hour and a half and the time passed quickly! Having a 10% discount for our purchases and a whiskey glass were unexpected surprises!!
Written June 29, 2022
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