Dalmore Distillery was founded in 1839. Dalmore means “Big Meadow” and it is beautifully situated on the Cromarty Firth. One of its earliest owners is said to have introduce single malt to Australia and its rare bottlings continue to command very high prices. Dalmore Distillery uses Lomond Stills in its distillation process which allows it to produce whisky of different characteristics from the same still.
Each bottle of Dalmore has a stag emblem. In 1263 King Alexander III was saved from a charging stag the Chieftan of Clan Mackenzie who was then given the right to use the emblem. Clan descendants took over Dalmore Distillery and decided to use the emblem on Dalmore Whisky bottles. The King Alexander III is part of the Principal Range and uses 6 types of cask finish.
Dalmore has recently embarked on a partnership project with the V&A in Dundee which celebrates Scotland’s heritage in design and to nurture design in the future. The V&A design museum opened in September 2018 and has gained a worlwide reputation for design exhibitions as well as being a key tourist attraction. A 60 year old Dalmore was auctioned with the proceeds being given to the V&A to mark the new partnership.
Dalmore Distillery Tour
In 2019, Dalmore Distillery opened a new visitor centre. This marked 180 years since the distillery was established in 1839.
Dalmore Distillery and 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.
In “normal” times, The Dalmore Distillery Tour takes you on a journey through the distillation process followed by a tutored tasting. There is an onsite retail area which sells a wide range of Dalmore expressions. Dalmore Distillery releases limited edition whiskies and the shop becomes even more popular on release days.
How to get to Dalmore Distillery
Dalmore Distillery is situated in Alness about 1 mile from the railway station and about 23 miles from Inverness. 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.
Dalmore's Sister Distilleries
Dalmore Distillery is owned by Whyte & Mackay and has two sister distilleries you can visit. Each with their own distinctive character. On the Isle of Jura you’ll find Jura Distillery. On the east of Scotland lies Fettercairn Distillery.