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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

Booking for groups of over 4 persons is advisable prior to any visit.

If you would like to book a tour within the next 48 hours, please call the distillery directly on 013397 42700.

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

For Everyone
Royal Lochnagar Distillery Tour


A guided tour of the Distillery, Filling Store and Warehouse, followed by a dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old.

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For Royal Lochnagar Fans
Royal Lochnagar Tasting Tour


A guided tour of the whole distillery, followed by a dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old and exclusive whiskies.

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For Veterans


Approximately one hour, minimum of two people.

Ideal for veteran distillery visitors, experience the process of maturation along with samples straight from the cask. Advanced bookings only.

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For Nature Lovers
Dram at the


Approximately 1.5 hrs.

A guided tour of the the whole distillery followed by a scenic walk to our Top Dam water supply. Enjoy with an award winning malt. Advanced bookings only.

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For Royalty


An in-depth tour of how we make our whisky, with two tastings straight from the cask. Advanced bookings only, minimum of two people. Approximately 1.5-2 hrs.

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For Whisky Enthusiasts
Meet the Manager


Join our distillery manager on this in-depth tour, followed by a taste of two exclusive Royal Lochnagar casks. 

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Opening Times

January - February

Monday - Saturday

10:00 – 16:00



12:00 - 16:00

March - June

Monday - Saturday

10:00 – 17:00



12:00 - 17:00


Closed 27th April 2019

July - August

Monday - Friday

10:00 – 18:00



10:00 – 17:00



12:00 – 17:00

September - October

Monday - Saturday

10:00 – 17:00



12:00 – 17:00

November – December

Monday - Saturday

10:00 – 16:00



12:00 - 16:00


25th - 26th and 1st - 2nd


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.


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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