If you are a whisky fan then Glenarder is the house for you. As passionate lovers of the best drink in the world we are delighted to be right in the heart of Malt Whisky Country. There are 50 distilleries just in Speyside alone making Speyside home to more than half of Scotland’s 89 operational Malt whisky distilleries – many of these world-renowned distilleries are within a few kilometers of Glenarder’s front door. Our closest distilleries are only 2-3 km away , sometimes when the wind blows just right the sweet smell of the barley malting drifts up from Cardhu or Knockandu and fills the glen with the sweet promise of whisky to come.
Glenarder enjoys as its neighbor world-famous distillers; Cardu (2km away), The Macallan (4 km away) as well Tamdu, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Glenfarclas, Aberlour, Rothes and Grants are all within 8km. The list goes on and on to include Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and many, many more all within at the most a half hour drive. Head to one of the local distilleries for a close up whisky experience and tasting. This area also many local whisky bars and shops to keep you busy. Dont forget a very special visit to Speyside Cooperage to witness the artisan craft of making whisky barrels.
Be sure to consider transportation needs for your tours or to assign a designated driver. Some distilleries even provide a ‘designated driver taster package’ which the driver can take home to enjoy later. Try Aberlour Distillery for this service
SOME HISTORY AND LINKS
SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL
SPEYSIDE FESTIVAL DISTILLERY MAP (we are closest to #13,49,37 -2 km)
THE MALT WHISKY TRAIL
LISTING AND DETAILS OF SPEYSIDE AND MORAY DISTILERIES
Malt Madness provides – Speyside regions and whiskeys.
Review the section on Central Speyside for distilleries immediately very close to Glenarder. Other districts are also all very drivable.
CLOSEST DISTILLERIES TO GLENARDER.
Here is a list according to distance from Glenarder. May we suggest you call any specific distillery in advance to confirm the information and opening times is current. We advise advance bookings if possible as tours are very popular and often sold out. Book well in advance for the most popular tours and especially through festival times. Please remember to always have a designated driver if you are sampling the local whisky while touring.
ALMOST STUMBLING DISTANCE ( 2-7 km)
Cardu. The only distillery in Scotland to be pioneered by a woman. Cardu Distillery.
Knockando. Founded in 1989 and named after the small village of Knockando. The Gaelic name Cnoc an Dhu means “little black hill”. Although Knockando distillery is not open to the general public it is well worth a drive past or bike ride down to…then when you do purchase a bottles you can imagine exactly its lovely location.
Dailuaine. One of the largest distilleries in the Diagio portfolio. Beautifully tucked away by Carron. Even though there may be tours see the link to be inspired to visit anyway. Dailuain Distillery
Tamdhu The visitor centre is the old Speyside Railway Station. Please phone to enquire about visiting times. Tamdhu Distillery.
The Macallan. The largest and one of the most well know distilleries in Speyside is also one of our closest neighbours. Beautifully located by the Spey, The Macallan is famous for using 14 small stills, the smallest stills in Speyside, maximizing the contact with copper. Take The Precious Tour or The Experience Tour. It is one of the more popular distilleries so be sure to book in advance. Please note works are in place for the construction of the new eco visitor centre so there is some disruption to entry the entrance, but just follow the signs to find your way in. The Macallan Distillery.
A SHORT CAR RIDE, GOOD WALK OR BIKING DISTANCE (5 -10 km)
Aberlour. The name sake of Aberlour, visit the distillery and beautiful shop just as you enter Aberlour, comfort from Glenarder. Aberlour Distillery.
Ballindalloch Distillery. Newly opened by the Grant Family and recently opened by HRH Prince of Wales. Lovely setting by Ballindalloch Golf course. Offer tours and even two-week internships for a real whisky making experience. Ballindalloch Distillery.
Glenfarclass. One of the most respected and independent distilleries, with their own cult following. Located at with the beautiful Ben Rinnes in the background. Glenfarclass Distillery
Glen Grant. Rothes. Well worth a tour and probably one of the best value tours. For a small fee you get a tour, a tasting of three Malts and a tour of their lovely gardens. The gardens are worth the tour on their own, 16 acres of magical Scottish garden with lots of secret spots and surprises along the way. Kids and old alike will all enjoy. Glen Grant Distillery
Cragganmore. This is a lovely walk along the Speyside way. If you park at Blacksboat entry point you can then walk along the Speyside way toward the Cragganmore distillery. Will take you about an hour but very pleasant outline. Cragganmore Distillery.
CAR TRIP (10 km – 45 km)……with a designated driver off course.
The Glenlivet. Snuggled deep in the Speyside countryside discover the turbulent history of whisky smuggling and sample a dram of the one that started it all. It is about a 30 minute drive to Glenlivet, be sure to leave some time for some discovery in the Glenlivet area, it is truly beautiful and well worth some adventuring round the roads. Look for the Pack Horse Bridge, Glenlivet Community Hall (Strawberry Teas in the summer and often local musical events scheduled) and the winding roads of The Braes of Glenlivet. There are also some lovely walking paths starting at the distillery, ask inside for information. There is also a restaurant and gift shop.
Note….as you drive into the distillery look out for the small egg stand on the left hand side of the road..if you are lucky there will be some newly laid eggs there …leave money in the honesty box…won’t get better or fresher eggs that’s that! Glenlivet Distillery
Ben Romach Distillery. Personally I have not been there but my brother has and he enjoyed the tour, he also enjoyed the bottle of malt he bought while there. Ben Romach Distillery.
Dallas Dhu. This is a lovely less travelled drive from Glenarder. Turn left before you enter Knockando in the direction of Forress. It is a beautiful and picturesque distillery nestled deeply in the country side. Look on the web site for precise directions as it is easy to get lost. On the same trip take in a visit to the magnificent beaches of Findhorn, the town of Forres, and or Logie Steadings – if you would like a day out. Lovely drive! Dallas Dhu Distillery.
Glenfiddich. One of the big ones. Very organized for tours. There is a restaurant and gift shop. Book in advance if possible. While you are in the area consider a tour of the Speyside Cooperage to see the live work stations and preparing of the whisky barrels, fascinating. Glenfiddich Distillery.
Glen Moray. Elgin. Glen Moray Distillery
MORE WHISKY BLOGS AND LINKS.
Highlander Inn Whisky Bar