Distillery & Tours
Deep in the East Highland Hills of Aberdeenshire, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, lies The GlenDronach Distillery. The distillery was founded in 1826 on the site of the Boynsmill Estate and the historic Boynsmill House – dating back to 1771 and later renamed Glen House – is still standing proud today. Named after the bramble thorns we are surrounded by, ‘GlenDronach’ means ‘Valley of the Brambles’ in Scots Gaelic. For nearly two hundred years our distillery has been guarded by a parliament of rooks, who try to nest in our warehouses. Distillery folk believes that as long as these gregarious birds remain, the whisky will prosper.
We warmly welcome visitors to The GlenDronach Distillery Visitor Centre all year round, seven days a week, from 10:00am until 5:00pm GMT. All of our experiences include a tour of the production areas and a visit into one of our warehouses.
Our Visitor Centre opening hours for Tuesday 26th September are from 12:30pm – 4:30pm due to a private event. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Tours and Visitors Centre
Delve into the rich history of sherry cask maturation, and discover how The GlenDronach has become renowned as the sherry cask connoisseurs since 1826. Allow your taste buds to be transported to the Jerez region in Andalucia, the home of sherry, with an exploration of sherry wines and cask types.
This tutored tour and tasting will explore the depth of character and flavour in our new make spirit and why it lends itself so well to exquisitely rich sherry maturation. Uncover four whiskies highlighting the range of luxurious flavours imparted throughout the maturation process, so that you too can leave a Master of Sherry.
Must be over 18 years old
Length: 1.5 hours
Our Highland whiskies are recognised for their deep colour and rich flavour profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavours, from the Pedro Ximenez casks we select, to the dry and nutty notes, from superb Oloroso casks.
After a tour of our production areas and a walk through our warehouse sample three whiskies from our exquisite core range, exploring the art of sherry maturation, perfectly paired with handmade chocolate truffles to complement and expand your flavour experience.
Must be over 18 years old
Length: 1 hour
Explore a wide range of The GlenDronach Highland Single Malts and official merchandise. Why not bottle your own distillery-exclusive Handfill, directly from a choice of two casks:
Cask No. 2463: 1st Fill Oloroso Puncheon, 16/07/1993, 29 years old, 55.5% abv
Cask No. 4597: 1st Fill Pedro Ximinez Puncheon, 23/06/2011, 12 years old, 62.9% abv
Discover our full core range of fine Single Malts along with some of the oldest and rarest from GlenDronach. Choose from a specially curated selection of whisky tasting flights or enjoy a dram from our archive collection.
A Unique Heritage & Traditional Past
Deep in the East Highland Hills of Aberdeenshire, nestled in the Valley of Forgue, lies The GlenDronach Distillery. The distillery was founded in 1826 on the site of the Boynsmill Estate and the historic Boynsmill House – dating back to 1771 and later renamed Glen House – is still standing proud today.
Our malt mill, glistening copper mash tun, and traditional wooden washbacks form part of a vigorous but carefully attended process. Our elegant copper pot stills distill and re-distill the richest spirit which is then filled into the finest casks and left patiently maturing in our warehouses. Nearly 70% of the flavour in the whisky is derived from the cask it has been matured in. Wood’s important, which is why we adopt a ‘no compromise’ approach when choosing our world-renowned sherry casks to enrich our whisky. Over the years of extended maturation, these carefully seasoned casks help create the unique richly-sherried style that The GlenDronach is famous for.