They say Dufftown was built on seven distilleries and Glenfiddich is one of the most well known. This Speyside distillery produces a variety of innovative malts and offers a range of whisky tours and tastings. Glenfiddich is a family built distillery which started production in 1887 and it is still an independent, family owned company. It’s also a very photogenic distillery and sits a stone’s throw away from Balvenie Castle. Glenfiddich is gaelic for valley of the deer which is why deer antlers are depicted on the bottles. There are other depictions including a giant sculpture of wooden antlers made of wood near the bus parking area.
Glenfiddich’s sense of innovation is reflected in their experimental series. The series includes Glenfiddich IPA which was the first single malt whisky to be finished in barrels that had previously contained craft beer. This was a collaboration between one of the most recognised whisky brands and a small Speyside brewery. Another collaboration, this time with 20 whisky experts resulted in Project XX.
Glenfiddich Distillery was the first distillery in Scotland to open to visitors in 1969. Over that time it has welcomed many thousands of visitors and developed a range of whisky tour tours and tasting experiences so you can choose the best one for you.
Glenfiddich is normally open all year round for distillery tours and tastings however, in the current Covid-19 climate, check their website to check latest opening times and availability on tours. It’s recommended you book in advance.
Glenfiddich has developed a number of tour types including The Explorers Tour which is an introductory tour around Glenfiddich and the production process. The Spirit of Innovation explores more of Glenfiddich’s experimental side with an opportunity to taste whisky which is less well known. The Solera Tour gives and insight into the making of the Glenfiddich 15 year old and give you th opportunity to blend your own version of this single malt.
The Whisky Lounge
A relaxing tasting room with comfortable leather armchairs and open fire. Offering tutored whisky tastings and tailored flights in a conjusive environment. Cocktails and mocktails are also available.
The Malt Barn
Glenfiddich Distillery’s onsite cafe, restaurant and bar with a real focus on local food. There’s also a whisky tasting menu which includes Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie drams and flights.
The Glenfiddich shop sells a wide range of Glenfiddich expressions as well as whisky from its sister distilleries, Balvenie and Kininvie. It’s also possible to bottle your own Glenfiddich. The shop is one of the larger distillery shops in the area and stocks a range of products from whisky glasses to quaichs.
Tour & Distillery Highlights
How to get to Glenfiddich Distillery & Map
Glenfiddich Distillery is situated in Dufftown. It’s a short walk from the Dufftown village centre. The number 36 Whisky Trail Bus stops outside the distillery. If you are driving, please note that drink driving laws in Scotland are extremely strict and there is a zero tolerance policy. Check with Glenfiddich Distillery before booking to ask how they cater for designated drivers. For detailed directions click on the link within the map.