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Welcome to Cardhu Distillery

Founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery and licensed in 1824, Cardhu is the first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman. Two women, in fact: in 1872, Elizabeth Cummings, daughter-in-law of the founders, took over the running of the distillery and set about refining the flavour and character of the whisky we know today – the effortless, elegant, generous spirit, born of hard work and determination.

Founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery and licensed in 1824, Cardhu is the first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman. Two women, in fact: in 1872, Elizabeth Cummings, daughter-in-law of the founders, took over the running of the distillery and set about refining the flavour and character of the whisky we know today – the effortless, elegant, generous spirit, born of hard work and determination.

Notice to Visitors

During October & November we carry out our annual maintenance. Please call the visitor centre in advance to check on availability on 01479 874635.

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

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For Gamers
“Guess Dhu”
Tour

£9.50

1 hour

A guided tour followed by a whisky guessing game and a chance to enter our Hall of Fame.

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For Everyone
Cardhu Distillery
Tour

£5

40 mins

Join us for a guided tour of Cardhu distillery followed by a complimentary taste of Cardhu.

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For Creators
Cardhu Collection
Tour

£19

1 hour 15 mins

A journey through the whisky-making process and a tasting of 6 of our Single Malts. 

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For Connoisseurs
Tutored Nosing
& Tasting

£6-£15.50

Either choose from a wide variety of Single Malts and blends or get a recommendation from your guide.

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Opening Times

January – March

Monday to Friday

10:00 – 16:00

April

Monday to Friday

10:00 – 17:00

 

Saturday 15th April

10:00 – 17:00

 

Sunday 16th April

11:00 – 16:00

 

Saturday 29th April

10:00 – 17:00

 

Sunday 30th April

11:00 – 16:00

 

 

May - September

Monday to Saturday

10:00 - 17:00

 

Sunday

11:00 – 16:00

June

Monday to Thursday

10.00 - 17.00

Friday, 10.00 - 19.00

Saturday, 10.00 - 17.00

July – September

Monday to Thursday

10.00 - 17.00 

Friday, 10.00 - 19.00

Saturday, 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday, 11.00 - 16.00

October – December

Monday to Friday

10:00 – 16:00

 

December

Monday - Friday

10:00 – 16:00

Where to find us

In the valley of the River Spey

Cardhu Distillery

Knockando

Aberlour

Banffshire

AB38 7RY

Contact us

Tel: 01479 874635

Email: cardhu.distillery@diageo.com

Travel

By car from Elgin: Take the A941 south to Rothes, continue for 3 miles then travel west on the B9102 for approximately 7 miles.

 

By car from Grantown-on-Spey: Take the B9102 north east for approximately 17 miles. 

 

By car from Aberdeen: Take the A96 north west for approximately 38 miles and then turn left onto the A920 for approximately 13 miles. Once you get to Dufftown follow the signs for Craigellachie, continue through Craigellachie to the A941 and at this junction turn right to follow the signs for Cardhu.

Cardhu distillery video

Take a peek at the ins and outs of our working distillery.

Take a virtual tour
Cardhu distillery on Google Maps

Take a tour from the comfort of your home.

Though you won't be able to soak up the atmosphere of the place or smell the malted barley, a virtual tour will give you an idea of where you might like to visit, and maybe choose a chair to sit and sip in, before you even arrive.

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THE STORY OF CARDHU

Uncover the history behind the liquid.

In 1811 John and Helen Cumming sited their first still at Cardow Farm on the Mannoch Hill, high above the River Spey, where spring water, naturally softened by a layer of peat, bubbled from the ground. It was to be the perfect spot for their farm, and a distillery that would stand the test of time.

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Scotland. A spirit of its own
Visit Scotland

Welcome to Scotland

Speyside is famous for its wonderful whisky and is often called 'Malt Whisky Country'. It's home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, making it the ideal place to discover more about this ancient art. The area is one of Scotland's 5 whisky regions.

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Events
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

April - May

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival's annual celebration of Scotland's national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. With a programme of over 500 whisky-inspired events, the festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike.

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