Loch Lomond is not only home to our luxury resort and breath-taking scenery, it is also home to many fantastic tourist attractions. As winter fast approaches, we can’t think of anything better than enjoying a dram of Scotland’s finest on a cold day, which is why we think winter is the perfect opportunity to explore the many distilleries in and around Loch Lomond.
A distillery tour involves so much more than a tasting, you will learn about the history of each whisky brand and the ancient methods and processes involved in making the golden nectar Scotland has become so famous for.
We’ve listed our top 5 whisky distilleries below, let us know if you’ve visited our top picks, and if you have any other distillery tours to add to our list – tweet us @cameronlodges or leave us a comment on Facebook, we’d love to hear from you.
Glengoyne is often regarded as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. Situated amongst idyllic countryside landscapes snuggled into Dumgoyne Hill, the distillery is a short drive from Glasgow, Stirling and of course, Loch Lomond. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste their finest malt whisky in the most beautiful setting imaginable, with one of their seven tour experiences.
All tours begin with a dram of Glengoyne’s iconic 12 year old malt, followed by a masterclass on Glengoyne’s traditions and secrets, how their infamous bold flavours are created, and a guided tour of the journey their spirits take. Finish off your tour in the most romantic setting as you stroll up to the waterfall and the hidden glen to appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surround the distillery.
Glengoyne offers a variety of guided tours that will take you behind the scenes and give you unimaginable insights into the production of their Highland malt whiskies, all year round. With delectable options including a Whisky & Chocolate Tour, Malt Master Tour and their 5 hour Masterclass Experience, visit Glengoyne’s website to pick a tour that suits your tastes: https://www.glengoyne.com/visit-us
Born in the Industrial Revolution, Auchentoshan Distillery prides itself on its Glaswegian heritage. Located in Clydebank, the distillery is a short 15 minute drive from both Glasgow’s West End, and our resort in Loch Lomond.
Experience a malt whisky tour like no other when you visit Auchentoshan, Scotland’s only malt whisky distillery where each drop of whisky is triple distilled to create a distinctive, mouth-watering flavour. With a variety of tours, you can learn about Auchentoshan’s unique distillery methods, malt ingredients and taste a sample of their triple distilled Scottish malts at the end of your tour.
You control how deep you dive into the tasting experience, as Auchentoshan offer six different malt whisky tours which result in varied malt tastings and masterclasses. From a short one hour tour in which you’ll taste one malt, to an exclusive, private hire tour and tasting where you will have the distillery to yourself, there is an option to suit all whisky enthusiasts. Open 7 days per week, all year round, visit the Auchentoshan website to book a tour: https://www.auchentoshan.com/distillery-tours
Steeped in over 200 years of history, Glenturret Distillery is the oldest working distillery in Scotland. From its origins among the smugglers and illegal stills of the 18th century, this distillery has fascinating stories to tell you.
Set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside, Glenturret Distillery is where Scotland’s oldest malt whisky is produced. Glenturret Malt Whisky is still hand crafted today using the only remaining hand operated mash tun in Scotland. Their team have been making whisky by hand and heart since 1775 and visitors get to experience the traditional handmade distilling methods that have been used to craft whiskies at Glenturret for generations.
Whether you’re looking for a unique distillery tour, a special warehouse experience, or even the opportunity to blend your own whisky, Glenturret is the only remaining distillery in Scotland able to deliver a traditional, hand-made whisky production experience. Open 7 days a week, book your Glenturret experience now: https://www.theglenturret.com/visit/
From opening as a cotton mill factory located on the banks of the River Teith, to a community driven craft distillery in Perthshire, Deanston Distillery has a fascinating story of regeneration to share with you. Residents of Deanston have spent decades committed to authentic craftsmanship in order to produce single malts with an aroma of fresh honeyed sweetness.
Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Deanston distillery through informative tours and tasting experiences with a team of passionate craftsmen. Allow the team to take you on a journey through time, and discover the devotion required to create their flavoursome single malts. Visit Deanston distillery to explore the flavours of Deanston and discover how their hand-crafted approaches result in drops of rich whiskies. For a whisky tasting and distillery experience you won’t forget, visit Deanston’s website to book a tour to suit your preference: https://www.deanstonmalt.com/visit-us/
The history of Tullibardine Distillery can be traced back to 1488, when King James IV of Scotland walked through the doors of a local distillery to purchase beer before his coronation. However it wasn’t until 1947 that this local brewery was transformed into the well-established, globally recognised Tullibardine Distillery.
Situated in the village of Blackford within the stunning Perthshire countryside, Tullibardine Distillery is a family owned business that believes in their traditional handcrafted distilling methods used to create their Highland Single Malt Scotch whiskies. Following the distilling process, their whisky needs a drum to mature and remedy in, to give their malts the perfect flavour and colour. Experience a true Scottish distillery where whisky is distilled, matured and bottled all in one location, giving Tullibardine control over the whole process.
The heart and soul of Tullibardine comes from the passion and drive of their team who craft charming Highland Malts that will leave you wanting more. We recommend taking a tour with their distilling experts to uncover the secrets of Tullibardine and end your educational journey with a taste of pure Highland perfection. There are four exceptional tours available to you, visit Tullibardine’s website for more information about each tour: http://www.tullibardine.com/tours.html
Touring distilleries and tasting single malt whiskies can be tiresome for the designated driver, so why not book a break in one of our luxury self-catering properties and take advantage of the various public transport options that will take you to your destination. A luxury lodge, cottage or apartment at Cameron Lodges is the perfect base for your distillery adventure.