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Welcome to Royal Lochnagar Distillery

One mile from Balmoral Castle, it sits at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains, fed by the crystal clear water of the Scarnock springs.

Notice to visitors

Following Scottish Government guidelines through their phased re-opening approach, the time has come to open the doors at Royal Lochnagar Distillery and welcome back our visitors. To ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees and visitors, we will be implementing a number of precautionary measures which include, but are not limited to: temperature checks before entering, limiting the number of visitors on site at any one time, increased cleaning procedures and hand sanitiser stations. For more information on how we are keeping you safe, visit


All experience bookings can be made directly with the visitor centre team by phoning 01339 742700 or emailing us at  

Tours of our Distillery
We have a range of tours available. Discover the right one for you.

For Everyone
Royal Lochnagar Distillery Experience


A guided distillery experience, followed by a dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old and our Distillery Exclusive whisky. To book call 01339 742700 or email

For Royal Lochnagar Fans
Royal Lochnagar Tasting Experience


A guided distillery experience, followed by a dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old, our Distillery Exclusive and Selected Reserve whiskies. To book call 01339 742700 or email

Opening Times

July - December

Monday - Saturday

10am - 5pm 



12pm - 5pm


25th  - 26th  December



1st  - 2nd  January


Where to find us

By the beautiful Balmoral Estate

Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Crathie, Ballater


AB35 5TB


Contact us

Tel: 013397 42700



From the A93 Aberdeen to Perth road, turn off in Crathie at the Balmoral Car Park. Cross the green bridge, turn left at the Balmoral Gates and take the first right to the top of the hill to the distillery. The 201 service bus stops at the Balmoral Car Park.

Euan's Guide


Uncover the history behind the liquid.

Originally called New Lochnagar, it was renamed following the royal visit. Today, the smallest distillery in our collection, combines the traditional pagoda kiln heads and techniques like the open mash tun with a modern visitor centre for the appreciation of malt whisky.

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A spirit of its own

With rolling hills, open farmland and towering mountains in the west and sweeping beaches, coastal cliffs and panoramic skies in the east, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire has plenty of room for you to relax and breathe. Speak to locals and hear the traditional local accent, Doric, visit the stately castles in Royal Deeside and take in the splendour of the vast Cairngorms National Park.

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