Hotels & Accommodation
The Craiglynne Hotel stands proudly on the Malt Whisky Trail: the only trail in the world to allow visitors the opportunity to view, learn and sample from eight of the world’s famous distilleries, a historic distillery and the Speyside Cooperage.
More than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries make their home in Speyside, giving the area the well-deserved title, ‘Malt Whisky Country.’ This is the ideal destination for both whisky connoisseurs and those who are interested in learning the basics of Scottish whisky production through the Grantown-on-Spey distilleries.
Distilleries on this trail include:
- Glenfiddich – The world’s best-selling single malt whisky, the name Glenfiddich means 'valley of the deer' in Gaelic, which is why the notorious stag is featured on the front of the bottle.
- The Glenlivet – This whisky has been in production continuously since 1824, and recently won an impressive five double golds from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Strathisla – The oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland and the home to Chivas Regal.
- Glen Grant – The best-selling single malt Scotch whisky in Italy. Once under the direction of James ‘The Major’ Grant, a legendary innovator and the first man in Scotland to own a car.
- Glen Moray – A small, friendly and informal distillery which has produced whisky continuosly since 1897.
- Benromach – This distillery was the winner of the coveted gold in the “Best Speyside Single Malt” category at the World Whisky Awards 2014.
- Cardhu – A spirit with a dark history, Cardhu was founded by the renowned whisky smuggler John Cumming in 1824. This distillery's Scotch whisky makes up an important part of the famous Johnnie Walker blended whiskies.
- Dallas Dhu – The name means 'Black Water Valley' in Gaelic. This historic distillery is no longer in operation, but serves as a historic building and monument.
- The Speyside Cooperage – Each year, this historic cooperage produces and repairs almost 150,000 oak casks, which are used by the surrounding Speyside whisky distilleries.
Guided tours of the distilleries in Grantown-on-Spey are available, and visitors are also able to visit them independently. Find out more on the Malt Whisky Trail website.
Carounn Gin Distillery
Carounn is made at Balmenach Distillery, in the shadow of the Haughs of Cromdale in the Spey valley. Its origins begin with an illegal still operated by three brothers, but by 1824 it had become a formally established and legal operation. This distillery is unique in the area, as along with whisky they produce a uniquely Scottish gin.
Inspired by Celtic heritage, Caorunn gin is infused with five unique hand-picked Scottish botanicals. The gin is handcrafted and distilled in small batches in a copper berry chamber, in order to slow down the infusion process and allow the botanicals enough time to seep into the spirit. The distillery draws from centuries of distilling heritage, producing a remarkable product that lets you have a taste of Grantown and its history.
By car: 40 minutes. Google directions.
Tours by appointment only. £10 per person.
Telephone: +44 (0)1479 874933
Tormore Distillery – Established in 1958 by the world-renowned architect Sir Albert Richardson this unique distillery was awarded listed building status after only 30 years. The name Tormore comes from the Gaelic 'Torra Mhòir' which means 'big hill,' owing to the distillery's location nestled on the fringe of the Cairngorms.
By car: 17 minutes. Google directions.
Unfortunately tours are not available at this time, due to the industrial nature of the site.
Tomintoul Distillery – The master distillers here use traditional practices, stretching back hundreds of years to create what they call, "the gentle dram." The distillery is named after the nearby village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands.
By car: 30 minutes. Google directions.
Tours by appointment only
Telephone: +44 (0)1807 590 274
Eat & Drink
Before or after your tour you can have something to eat at our Speyside Restaurant which serves Scottish traditional food featuring local produce. If you prefer a drink or an informal dining option, The Cromdale Bar is open every evening serving hot drinks, beverages and light food.
Book a Room
Combine a tour of Grantown-on-Spey whisky distilleries with a stay at The Craiglynne Hotel. We offer a variety of guestrooms, many with views of the Cromdale Hills.
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