The Macallan Distillery
Established in 1824 The Macallan has become one of the most well know Speyside distilleries. The recently opened visitor centre and distillery sits nestled into the Speyside countryside 400m away from the old distillery. It’s a new distillery but Macallan still uses the same water and small still design to make its whisky.
Macallan’s cutting edge dramatic design attracts not just whisky enthusiast but also photographers, designers and architects to its distillery and tours. There is a strong sense of history and traditition with a whisky wall displaying a priceless collection of Macallan bottles from the 19th century to the present day.
Macallan Tours & Tastings
The Macallan Distillery Visitor Centre opened in 2018. It is normally open all year round 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. They tend to release tour dates in batches. Macallan Tours are in high demand and it is recommended you book well in advance.
Macallan are continually adpating and improving their tour offerings so visit their website for their latest tours. You might see references online and in guidebooks to some iconic tours that are no longer available. The Macallan Six Pillars Tour was a popular tour in the old distillery giving an introduction to Macallan’s production process including its particular attention to casks. The Six Pillars are Macallan’s guiding principles. The more in depth Heritage Tour starts with a dram while exploring the impressive whisky wall which documents Macallan’s history through its bottles.
The Macallan Mastery Experience is an in depth tour experience beginning with a welcome dram and tour of The Macallan Whisky Wall. Lunch in the Elchies Brasserie and then in depth tour through the distillery followed by a turored tasting of very select whiskies.
Macallan Whisky Tastings
On the first floor, you can enjoy a tasting in the bar area. There is whisky flight menu. Some of which may no longer be commercially available. Experienced bar staff are on hand to guide you if required. There is also an extensive selection of Macallan whiskies in the bar menu (25ml). Macallan also has a cocktail menu. This is updated regularly by the bar staff who develop the cocktail recipes. The bar has beautiful views of the Speyside countryside.
The Macallan Distillery is one of the few distilleries in Speyside with a place to eat. In this case, Elchies Brasserie which has an ever changing menu reflecting local produce. (Easter Elchies House is depicted on many Macallan labels. You will see the house near car park area.
The Macallan Boutique has an impressive selection of whisky to purchase including rarer Macallans with knowledgeable guides on hand. There are also branded items for sale including whisky glasses, books and Macallan Ice Ball makers.
How to get to The Macallan Distillery
The Macallan Distillery is situated in a rural location in Speyside. It’s not safe to walk to Macallan even if you are staying in the closest village of Craigellachie. Instead use a local taxi service. If you are driving, please note that drink driving laws in Scotland are extremely strict and there is a zero tolerance policy. The Macallan Distillery sells driver packs which you can use to take away samples for later. For detailed directions click on the link within the map.
Macallan's Sister Distillery
Visit the Speyside Whisky Tour page to discover more ideas and build your own itinerary. Cardhu Distillery is west of Macallan and to the east you will find Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Aberlour Distillery is also close by. There are many distilleries in the Speyside area. Plan your itinerary by using the whisky map.