The Aberlour Distillery and Visitor Centre is located in the pretty settlement of ‘Charlestown of Aberlour’ overlooking the River Spey in the historic county of Banffshire (now Moray). The town dates back to around 600AD but settlements and archaeology in the nearby region dates back to at least the late Neolithic. The tradition of making whiskey – also known as the water of life – in Aberlour dates back many centuries but really began in earnest after the town was granted its feu charter in 1814. With the introduction of the 1823 licensing act and longer maturation times the whiskey quickly became recognised as one of Scotland’s finest.
Aberlour derives its name of the Lour Burn (stream) and spring which also supplies the water for the whiskey making process. The water is said to be of very high purity and the spring is where, in the 6th century, St. Drostan baptised the citizens of Aberlour and converted them to Christianity. Aberlour produces a range of products but is most famous for its A’bunadh whiskey which is a cask strength single malt. Legend has it that a rare bottle of whiskey dating back to 1898 was discovered by workman in 1975 – who naturally drank a lot of it – but enough was saved to scientifically recreate the wonderful flavour. The name A’bunadh is gaelic for ‘the origin’ or ‘the first’. The distillery has an excellent visitors centre and offers guided tours. Visitors can also visit the nearby ‘Falls of Linn’, the Victorian penny-bridge and the megaliths of Fairy Hill.
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B9102 (Rd), Archiestown, Aberlour
Moray, Scotland, AB38 9SL
+44 (0)01340 810 414
- Address: High Street, Aberlour, Banffshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, AB38 9PJ
- GPS: 57.46771389,-3.228647222
- Phone: 0044 (0)1340 881 249
- Part of UK: Scotland
- Sat Nav Postcode: AB38 9PJ
- Entrance Fees: Yes - for Tours
- Disabled Access: Good
- Visibility from Road: Fair