Dallas Dhu Distillery
The first barrel of whisky was filled at Dallas Dhu in 1899 and the last in March 1983. It closed down due to an unreliable water supply and falling demand for whisky. At the time of closure it employed around 15 men. It’s now a museum although with demand for single malt taking off, there is a lot of interest in bringing Dallas Dhu back into production. In the meantime you can get very close to the equipment on a self guided tour including a rare opportunity to see a maltings floor.
Dallas Dhu means Black Valley in Gaelic. It sits just south of Forres beside the Dava Way which is now a long distance walk to Grantown on Spey. The Dava is the old train railway line and would have been an important part of whisky production, bringing in supplies such as coal and taking away full barrels of whisky.
Dallas Dhu’s role as museum means you guide yourself with the use of an audio guide, or perhaps just take your time and take photographs of the stills, worm tubs, fire engine and malt floor. As you tour the distillery you’ll notice the distillery and its equipment are in good condition. It would to not be too much of a surprise if it came back into production.
There is a walk from Forres to Dallas Dhu along the Dava Way. It starts at Mannachie Avenue and would take approximately 30 minutes.
Dallas Dhu Distillery Tour
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the distillery is closed but prior to that, you could tour the distillery and learn about the distillation process at your own pace using the audio guide. The tour included an audio-visual presentation. Visit the malting floor and see the old kiln. Admire the six great washbacks and the old coppers stills in the heart of the distillery. The Excise Man – Occasional Event Tour: Meet the Victorian Excise Man and learn about the tricks of the trade of the Scottish whisky smugglers. Look out for dates.