Lowland Whisky Distillery Tour Glasgow
The Lowland whisky region is in the southernmost parts of Scotland, covering much of the Central Belt and the South of Scotland including Edinburgh & The Lothians, Glasgow & The Clyde Valley, the Kingdom of Fife, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
Whiskies from this region are generally considered as the most light-bodied of the single malts. Often triple distilled, these malts are unpeated and lighter in nature, with a gentle, elegant palate, reminiscent of sweetness, which makes them easy to drink, especially for those who are new to single malt whisky.
When you enjoy Lowland whiskies, look out for malty, zesty flavours with slightly fruity, citrusy and sometimes floral notes, as well as honeysuckle, cream, ginger, toffee, toast and cinnamon.
While you can sometimes just drop by, distilleries are becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination, some have tours hourly (Deanston, Glengoyne, Glenturret) but others have them only at set times per day (Auchentoshan). Some distilleries are by appointment only (Strathearn, Daftmill). Either way, it pays to book ahead.
Are Children Welcome on a Distillery Tour?
Children are welcome at all distilleries listed, but one adult must accompany each child.
Are Whisky Distillery Tours Accessible?
Most distillery tours are not wheel-chair accessible or for the mobility impaired. They tend to be in old buildings with narrow walkways and usually there are stairs.
Contact the distillery directly if you have any questions.
Glengoyne stills and the mash tun are at ground level with wide ramp access.
Glenturret has wheelchair accessible bathrooms and level access around the property but not in the production areas.
Auchentoshan is wheelchair accessible for part of the tour but not all of it.
You can only do so many distillery tours in a day. Pick your favourite 2.
You can always drop by other distilleries, have a look, do a tasting or grab a bottle to take home. If you allow two tours, you’re already at 5-6 hours for a day minimum. Most distilleries run tours between 10 am and 4 pm (last tour at 4 pm), but this varies depending on the time of year (most close earlier Nov – Mar).
Remember you don’t need to do a tour to visit the distilleries and do a tasting!
If you want to see where the magic happens, however, (stills, mash tuns, warehouses), then a tour is the thing to do.
Ave Cost for an 8 hour tour day £420 + VAT
We would be happy to arrange a distillery tour for you
Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery
Presently the only distillery in Scotland to triple-distil everything
Auchentoshan was set up to serve the Irish immigrants living in Glasgow in 1823, which is why it is more of an Irish style whisky than a Scottish one.
In 1941 a warehouse was hit by a bomb during the Clyde Blitz, which sent a stream of flaming whisky into the Clyde River. The distillery pond is made from one of the bomb craters.
Open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm but closed 25th and 26th Dec and 1st and 2nd Jan. Auchentoshan Distillery undergoes maintenance between the dates 15th July – 19th August 2019
Distilled Different Tour
£10 per person, duration 60 minutes
Includes a dram of Auchentoshan whisky and a serve of Auchentoshan ale (pre-cursor to whisky).
10 am 12 noon, 1 pm and 3 pm 7 days a week.
Deanston Whisky Distillery
Deanston Distillery started its life as a cotton mill in 1785.
In 1974 the mill was converted into a distillery after the value of the UK cotton industry declined
There is a cafe on site – The Coffee Bothy
They’re open seven days all year, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Tours are on the hour every hour 10.00am – 4.00pm.
£9 per person, duration 50 minutes, includes a tasting of Deanston 12yo
For £12 you can do the tour above with an additional tasting of Deanston Virgin Oak
Children: 0 – 11 years no charge. Children: 12 – 17 years old £4.00 per child.
Children under 11yrs must be accompanied by one adult per child
Glengoyne Whisky Distillery
Glengoyne Distillery was established in 1883 and has been operating ever since (uncommon for a distillery in Scotland as most have closed at least once since they opened).
The distillery is in the Highlands while its warehouses, directly across the road, are in the Lowlands.
Glengoyne is at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill – they’re a lovely distillery in a stunning location and only a half-hour drive from Glasgow.
They have three stills (one wash and two-spirit stills, which is relatively unusual, as most distilleries have a ‘pair’ of wash and spirit stills – Springbank and Talisker also have uneven numbers though).
Glengoyne whisky is always unpeated, though they have at times experimented with maturation in casks that previously contained the peated spirit.
The distillery is open for tours seven days a week. Tours run hourly.
March – November: first tour 10 am – last tour at 5 pm. Shop: 10 am – 6 pm.
December to February: first tour 10 am – last tour 4 pm. Shop 10 am – 5 pm.
Group discounts are available. For groups of 10 or more bookings are essential.
Bookings are highly recommended for all visits as Glengoyne receives over 50,000 visitors a year.
£11.50 per person and lasts 45 minutes
includes a guided tour of Glengoyne Distillery and a welcome dram of Glengoyne 12yo
Whisky and Chocolate Tour
£30 per person and lasts 90 minutes
Whisky and Chocolate Tour
£30 per person and lasts 90 minutes
Additional Glengoyne Distillery tour and tasting options are available, including the No. 1 Warehouse Tour where you can sample two different drams straight from the cask and take home 200ml of your favourite.
Glenturret Whisky Distillery
Glenturret is open seven days. Tours run hourly and start at 10.30 am. The last tour is at 4:30 pm April – October, and at 3:30 pm November – March.
Tours are limited to 25 persons per tour group.
Tours can be booked online up to 48 hours in advance.
It pays to book, as Glenturret receives around 100,000 visitors a year.
You will get to see one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland (with some rebranding).
Distillery Tour and Tasting Experience
£10.00 per person, duration 60 minutes
Includes two tastings and take home bottles are available for drivers
£9.00 concession (seniors/students/under 18s)
Non-alcoholic beverages are available for non-drinkers
£50.00 per person, duration 90 minutes, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily
Includes a tasting of four premium Glenturret whiskies in the warehouse
Persons over 18 years old only.