The Whisky Castle

The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul: Hours, Address, The Whisky Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

The Whisky Castle
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
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
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Whisky Castle has been selling the finest malt whiskies of Scotland from its premises in the quaint village of Tomintoul for over 100 years. It is located at the gateway to Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail. Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and The Whisky Castle is the highest whisky shop in the UK. Your hosts Sam and Scott, along with their team Maureen, Kirstin and Lauren would be delighted to welcome you to sample some of the finest Scottish malts and gins Scotland has to offer. We have over 500 malt whiskies with many being single cask, independently bottled and from small batches. We provide a unique tasting experience from a fantastic selection of products allowing us to match a malt to your palette and budget. Our single malts are personally selected by us with many being non-chill filtered so you are assured of some of the most unique drams from across Scotland including limited and rare collectables. We also stock some whiskies from distilleries that have closed and also those that have been demolished and lost forever! We also offer lager, beers, wine, champagne, vodka, gin, port, brandy, sherry and many Scottish liqueurs. There is an extensive gift shop and 18 seater café in our Highland Market serving hot food all day. We offer a full range of Scottish gifts, toys, unique jewellery and country clothing to suit all tastes. When you get the chance to visit us you will be given a traditional warm Scottish welcome and if you are looking for something extra special that we don't have in stock we offer a sourcing service and we can have your item shipped direct to your door. All of our products can be bought online. We love reaching out and spreading the word about the fabulous Malt Whiskies of Scotland in their natural state where there is no added caramel for colouring and whiskies have not been chill-filtered for clarity and/or diminished in flavour for consistency.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Popular mentions

4.5
209 reviews
Excellent
174
Very good
24
Average
4
Poor
4
Terrible
3

John G
Exeter, UK313 contributions
Worth a visit whilst touring the snow roads.
Jun 2021
Fascinating place for whisky lovers, great selection so much choice. If with the family pop next door to the Highland Market for amazing home made ice cream selection.
Written June 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chris
London, UK1 contribution
Quality Whisky and great service
Sep 2020
The Whisky tasting was a brilliant experience. We sampled the differences between different cask types and styles of Whisky. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Whisky Castle and Scott gave us the perfect blend of being informative and fun. There is a great range of Whiskys on offer. Appreciated the help selecting a few bottles to take home. We have certainly come away with some tasty souvenirs to remember our time in Tomintoul.

I would highly recommend a visit to anyone who finds themselves in the area. In future, I will happily tap into their knowledge and get some recommendations for Birthday/ Christmas gifts. At the Whisky Castle I managed to find a bottle from my birth year and now just need a special occasion to celebrate with a drop or two. In the meantime I'll relax with a Benromach and the enticing taste of a Red Wine Cask Malt. Get yourself down there, they will find something for everyone to savour.

Cheers!
Written September 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tomaszzz_44
Warsaw, Poland196 contributions
Wide selection
Oct 2019 • Friends
This place was recommended to us as the best whisky store in Speyside. It is indeed impressive and the selection is huge. The prices are ok but I failed to find a spectacular opportunity :)
Written September 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JessM
34 contributions
Great selection
Aug 2020 • Couples
Went in today to buy a bottle of Tomintoul whisky to take home and a whisky glass with the Whisky Castle logo on.
There is a vast selection of whiskies inside and we were offered to sample while there.
The shop has a traffic light in the window outside to let you know when to go in due to current Covid restrictions, very good idea.
Well worth a visit. Something inside to suit all budgets.
Written August 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for your lovely review JessMPB86! So glad you enjoyed your visit with us and sampling a few of our delicious drams. We very look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written August 29, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Soozy79
Aberdeen, UK89 contributions
Highland Market
Aug 2020 • Family
Visited as we were on route to Aviemore. Lovely hand made sandwiches & coffees. Great service. Right next door to the Whisky Castle
Written August 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kathryn Y
Southampton, UK55 contributions
Whisky wonderland
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited the Whisky Castle twice during our weeks holiday. On both occasions we had very friendly service and great advice. The service was relaxed and informative making the experience really enjoyable, so much so we bought lots,having tasted before we bought. As I write this review, Corona virus is gripping the world and all the distilleries were closing. A visit to this great shop more than made up for it.
Written March 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi 932kathryny and thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Unfortunately we are now also shut but it means a lot to us to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We would love to welcome you back again when things get back to normal! Thanks again and stay safe.
Written March 23, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SITUATIONIST
Scottish Highlands, UK17 contributions
***HIGHLAND MARKET REVIEW - NOT THE WHISKY CASTLE***
Feb 2020
Anyone thinking of opening a cafe, anywhere in the world, should pay this place a visit with your chosen staff and invite them to watch, listen, observe. I nipped in during a mini-blizzard on Saturday afternoon and I have to say, as a supporter of indie-cafes/businesses all over the world, the cheery, happy girl that served me was, quite possibly, one of the most upbeat, smiley, not snidey cafe workers, that I have ever came across on my travels. If I was opening a cafe, theres no question, she's hired!
Written February 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello SITUATIONIST and thank you so much for taking the time to give us such lovely review! Glad you were able to pop in and visit us in between the snow storms and we will certainly pass on your comments to our Cafe team, who all pride themselves on standards of customer care. We hope you are able to come back and visit us again soon. Maybe when the weather is a little less wintery!!
Written February 25, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gatoreed
Metairie, LA944 contributions
An Excellent Selection of Whiskies all in One Spot
Oct 2019
On a Rabbie's Whisky Tour and we stopped in here on our final day. Our guide warned us that the selection was excellent (over 600) and the clerks were very knowledgeable. He was right. Callum answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable about every whisky we asked about. We tasted a number of whiskies which were part of the tour and then when asked about others, if there was an open bottle we got to taste that. This is a must stop on any whisky tour.
Written December 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for your lovely review gatoreed! So glad you enjoy your stop with Rabbles and were able to enjoy sampling some of our lovely single malts. We will pass on your comments to Callum who is a very valued member of our team. We hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Written December 29, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Barry M
Milton Keynes252 contributions
Wonderful World of Whisky, Plus Souvenir Shop and Snacks
Oct 2019
Tomintoul is very high up in the Cairngorms but a visit to the Whisky Castle is well worth it. A superb selection and variety of different Whiskies with some excellent Malts must be one of the foremost selections in Speyside. You can then walk through to a cafe/shop which has snacks plus a large array of souvenirs a lot with a Scottish thme i.e. shortbreads, Fudge etc. Certainly a must visit when and if you are in the area.
Written November 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Barry M What a lovely review - thank you so much! Very glad you enjoyed your experience with us, enjoying some of our finest single malts, and that you also found our cafe and shop selection worth a visit. We do try to make sure we have something to suit everyone who comes to The Whisky Castle. Please do come back and see us again when you get the chance.
Written November 7, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

john d
Edinburgh, UK33 contributions
Excellent visit
Jul 2019 • Couples
Cant fault the range of whiskies or knowledge or friendliness of the staff. The location was unique Had a great visit. Reccomended.
Written November 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi John D and thanks so much for taking the time to review us! So glad you enjoyed experiencing our range of lovely single malts and that you were given a warm welcome. We hope to see you again very soon.
Written November 7, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 182
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Whisky Castle

The Whisky Castle is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM