Balblair Distillery is one of the most attractive in the area and retains its old fashioned look. Established in 1790, it was moved about half a mile to its present position in 1895 in order to take advantage of the railway. This meant Balblair made significant efficiency gains by taking in supplies such as coal and barrels and shipping out whisky more quickly.
Near the distillery you will find the Clach Biorach a standing stone dating to around 2000BC. This stone was possibly part of a prehistoric working calendar. On the stone there is a Pictish carving of a Z-rod representing the passage of time. The Z-rod carving features on Balblair whisky bottle labels.
Scenes from the film the Angels’ Share were filmed at Balblair Distillery. On distillery tours you will hear the Angels’ Share expression a lot. It represents the amount of whisky lost through evaporation while maturing in the casks.
Balblair Distillery Tours and Tastings
Balblair Visitor Centre is normally open throughout the tourist season for distillery tours and tastings. However, in the current Covid-19 climate, check their website for the latest opening times and tour availability. It’s always recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The True Highland Spirit Tour was the story of Balblair Distillery and a tour of the distillery production process. The Angels Share Tour represented a more in depth tasting expereince.
How to get to Balblair Distillery
Balblair Distillery is just a few miles north of Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain. You can get a train or bus to Tain from Inverness. Then get a taxi. You could stay in Tain and visit Glenmorangie Distillery.
If you are driving, please note that drink driving laws in Scotland are extremely strict and there is a zero tolerance policy. Check how Dalmore Distillery caters for drivers when booking. For detailed directions click on the link within the map.
Further north lies the attractive town of Dornoch which has small beautiful cathedral and then Clynelish Distillery in Brora. Clynelish Distillery is linked to the Johnnie Walker experience in Edinburgh which is due to open in 2021.