Royal Lochnagar Distillery is situated just one mile from Balmoral Castle and sits at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains, fed by the crystal clear water of the Scarnock springs.

Originally called Lochnagar, it was renamed following the royal visit. Today, the distillery combines the traditional pagoda kiln heads and techniques like the open mash tun with a whisky visitor centre to share the story of Royal Lochnagar and its malt whisky.

Advanced booking for tours and experiences is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

If you plan on visiting us with your dog, please view our full policy here.


Tour Options


An introduction to making whisky at Royal Lochnagar, including tour of the Distillery, Filling Store and Warehouse. Followed by a tutored tasting 12 year old, Distillery Exclusive Bottling, Selected Reserve and 175th Anniversary Bottling.

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Enjoy a tutored tasting of four whiskies, each specially selected from our collection of casks in the Duty Paid Warehouse at Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Expect fascinating stories and learn about the rarity of each dram.

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The Whisky Gift Card

Give the gift of whisky. The Whisky Gift Card lets your loved ones shop all of the top whiskies and merchandise at our visitor experiences in Scotland including Johnnie Walker Princes Street, Talisker, Lagavulin, Singleton and more. Available to purchase at the retail area at the distillery now. View full terms and conditions and visit your nearest distillery to purchase yours.



Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Balmoral,
Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB, UK


T | 01339 742700
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Please note that during winter the distillery may
have to close at short notice due to weather conditions.
Please check our Google listing for up to date information
before you visit us.
Jan - Feb | Tue - Sat | 10:00 - 16:00
Mar - Oct | Mon - Sun | 10:00 - 17:00
Oct - Dec | Mon - Sun | 10:00 - 17:00

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Royal Lochnagar

Our Responsibility


Advanced booking for all tours and experiences is advised to avoid disappointment. To help keep everyone safe please check the latest Scottish Government guidelines before you visit.


We’re pleased to have consulted Euan’s guide to ensure that we provide disabled access information upfront to give all our visitors the confidence to visit our distillery and enjoy the experience. To help plan your visit, we’ve included an overview of our facilities. Please do let us know if you have any specific requirements at the time of your booking and a member of staff will be in touch.


We’re thrilled that our sustainability efforts at Royal Lochnagar have been recognised by the UK’s top eco-tourism body. We’ve been awarded the prestigious Green Tourism Gold award, the highest level of certification, for our commitment to sustainable tourism.