Blair Athol Distillery
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
About
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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  • Craig C
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a tour!
    Many thanks to Dave for providing an entertaining, educational and fun 2 hours on our whisky tour & tasting Saturday 1 July. The tour of the distillery set the scene for a wonderful tasting through 6 different whisky’s with Dave encouraging each to explore each whisky through their own experience of smell and taste sensations whilst providing a walk through of each whisky profile presented. A highly educational and fun time had by our group. Slàinte mhath to you Dave & Blair Athol distillery.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 20, 2023
  • JimWuerzburg
    Wurzburg, Germany135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend 2 hours if the weather turns "Scottish"
    It was a rainy day in Pitlochry and I wanted to do something mainly inside. Having never been on a whisky distillery tour I checked out the website for the Blair Atholl (formerly Bells) distillery, but unfortunately there was no availability showing for the only day I was in town. Thinking I could at least have a look around the shop and grab a coffee, I got the rain gear on and walked the 10 minutes down the main road. When I got there, I was informed that they keep a few slots open for walk ins every day, and I was able to get on the next tour. It cost £17 and included a flight of 3 whiskies to taste (which cost £16 in the bar there), a free whisky glass engraved with Blair Atholl, 10% off in the gift shop and a great tour that lasted about an hour. We were a group of 16 from a variety of countries. Our guide, David, was very knowledgeable about the history of the distillery and the process to create whisky. We went through the different stages and it was fascinating to see the inner workings of a distillery. The tasting at the end was great - applying what we'd learnt from David into tasting some very nice (and varying) whiskies was a great end to a great tour. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Pitlochry.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Ross T
    St Helens, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BLAIR ATHOL ALLT DOUR TOUR
    What an amazing location to taste a selection of brilliant Whisky. Took the bigger tour with the selection of 6 single malts to sample after and what a brilliant experience it was. Our guide, Mark, was very knowledgeable and friendly, I face, everyone I met while on site was incredibly enthusiastic and pleasant. For someone who has enjoyed a wee dram for many years, even I learnt a thing or two.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Judea 87
    Heemskerk, The Netherlands369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    Had a tour and tasting. The American lady told all the procedures how whiskey is made and showed us the rooms. She told everything really enthusiastic. After the tour was the tasting. I’m not a whiskey fan but it was fun to try.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 15, 2023
  • chris d
    London, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great distillery visit
    Visited on a rainy day. A friendly and informed guide (Ian) gave a clear account of the process and a warm introduction to the area. The whole place is pristine but a working location, well laid out retail area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Lissy0717
    Waterford, New York657 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting tour
    A very pretty place. We had a great tour, but there was that one area that just didn't smell very nice. Imagine that's what we pour down our throats! People were terrific. The distillery is in a lovely area. The tasting was interesting and we got to keep a shot glass with the distillery name on it. I loved that! The attached store was very well equipped, too. I was surprised by its size.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • missdcrippin
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent!
    This Tour is worth the time and money. We went on the Taster Course. Chris was funny chatty and made our tour all the more interesting. WE had a very diverse group which added to it. We sampled quite a few and I bought a few bottles. I was not a whisky drinker but having sampled I found I like the Peaty flavours best. So off to the shop I went.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Stevepast50
    Forfar, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great big thumbs up!
    David, showed us around the distillery in an interesting and friendly manner. He pulled you into the experience, with reference and banter. The experience of 6 exclusive drams of 'the water of life' was an experience to savour. I cannot commend this tour enough, you need to have a go! 2 bottles of the good stuff going back home tonight. 🙂
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Kitemyster
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcoming staff, beautiful place, very informative 👍🏻
    What a beautiful place! Very welcoming staff. We were very early but it was no problem for them to bump us up to an earlier tour. All the staff were very pleasant, attentive and chatty. Our guide Jane was very engaging and informative. If she didn’t know the answer to any questions, she went out of her way to find the answers from other members of the team. Great tour, nice tasting session, great product 👍🏻
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • roadgoat
    San Francisco, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit if you are into whisky.
    This wasn't on our radar. We had come in from the St. Andrews/Ferres areas and was in Piclochry for a dine/stay (Killiecrankie House) . Made an online booking for a tour the same day. The tour was short sweet and informative. The guide (Ian) was great. Got to learn fun facts like - why haven't I heard of Blair Athol? (they sell almost of their production to Johnny Walker).
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
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Scottish traveler
Scotland, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the £16 signature tour , on offer of buy one get one free

First off the distillers edition blend is on of the nicest whiskeys I’ve tried !

The building is beautiful and smells strong of the process as it should . The tour guide , an older gentleman was very informative , so much more than others we have been to , the fact Blair at holl single malts are hot air dried really gives the flavours a chance as they are not smoked out by the pear burning process , despite being on land rich with peat , it isn’t used in the process here! We visited the alt dour ( otter river ) which runs down off the mouintains and into the distillery . We learned lots of great facts about whiskey and also revived a glass to take home with Blair atholl branding, we took the £16 signature tour which worked out £8 each because it’s buy one get one free, or at least was on the day. We tried 3 malts and even got drivers cups to take them home in. So that’s £16 for two glasses and 6 drams !!! And £5 off a 70CL , I will definitely be back again !
Written February 9, 2020
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BigDave
South Shields, UK392 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
During our stay to Pitlochry, we had to do a whisky tasting, it seemed like the right thing to do, had a wander down to this establishment and were met by a very rude woman in the gift shop, she was very short with us and almost snappy, I’m guessing she was having a bad day because in no way did we deserve to be spoken to like that.

But we booked a tasting because the tours were fully booked due to covid (sick of hearing about it) and the reduced number of groups allowed in.

Turns out I hate whisky, and the lady talking us through the history of the whisky was very broad accented (Eastern European) and was hard to understand at times.

Every drink smelled like Bells, which... well is vile anyway.
Written September 5, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that your experience wasn't as positive as it should have been. Our staff are very passionate about whisky and welcoming our visitors so we're disappointed that your visit wasn't up to our usual standards. We'll take your comments on board. Thank you, Laura
Written September 9, 2020
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Deena B
Edinburgh, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • 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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Andrew
Bristol, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Staying a few nights near this distillery, my wife and i decided to do the tour. We both like whisky and were not disappointed. The tour guide (Jamie) was very knowledgable and spent time carefully explaining the history of the distillery and the process for making whisky. The tour itself was a great example of a more traditional distillery, and the tasting was very informative - some great suggestions from Jamie on how to make the most out of the tasting (not something i've seen at many distilleries), some tips i will certainly take away. The distillery itself is set alongside the burn and was very picturesque. As it was the silent season, the tour and tasting were offered free which was very generous. We both then sat at the bar (a very impressive converted mash tun) to try a few more. The price of any singles tried where taken off the price of the particular bottle, which along with the £5 discount resulting from the tour (which was free!) resulted in a good discount to one of the bottles i particularly liked. Well worth the trip and made for a very enjoyable day.
Written March 11, 2020
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MauriceSGlasgow
Pitlochry, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We arrived with it Snowing outside, closed season and a drop in on the chance of a tour, yes they said but we're not in production at the moment. To make up for that the tours free and you still get the tour, information and a wee dram and glass to take home, and a voucher for a discount should you buy more drams or a bottle from the shop.

Our tour guide was Georgia, a lovely lass all the way from Italy, well-travelled and has visited distilleries as far away as New Zealand. Her knowledge on the distillery, the distillation process was excellent and delivered with enthusiasm, to what was on this day a small group. No question went unanswered. And the tasting was explained well and made a real difference when trying the whisky. Tour groups do stop here so it might be worth while phoning ahead and planning a tour. Most of the tour is on the one level so stairs are not too much of a problem.
Written March 12, 2020
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James C
Glasgow, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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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287silverfox
Glasgow, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
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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rd1925
Edinburgh, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We attended the signature tour at the weekend and had a fantastic experience. The tour was well run and it was very clear that safety of staff and visitors was a top priority. Our guide was very interesting and knowledgeable and made the tour excellent. The whisky tasting afterwards was great and given the measures of whisky given made the whole tour incredible value for money!

This is a must do on a trip to Pitlochry - due to the limited numbers in groups due to Covid I would suggest booking in early as we struggled to get a space during our stay.
Written August 4, 2020
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MCB123
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Rocked up as I was in the area, and they managed to squeeze me on a tour thanks to a cancellation (strongly recommend booking in advance - they only have 4 people per tour) and was very greatful for the opportunity.

It's a beautiful old distillery - exceptionally picturesque, with a small informative tour (got to see where the barrels are stored which is rare!) - and can assure you they take Covid safety measures exceptionally carefully. Really did feel very safe throughout the tour, and left informed and with a smile on my face :)
Written August 21, 2020
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Adrian B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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