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Royal Lochnagar Distillery

1845 Ballater based distillery made famous by children's books by Prince Charles

About one mile from the Royal Family's castle at Balmoral, Royal Lochnagar was established in 1845 by John Begg, when it was known as New Lochnagar, as there was an older distillery nearby (which closed in 1860). Lochnagar became ORoyal' after a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848. The distillery was rebuilt in 1906, then acquired by John Dewar and Sons in 1916. It is now part of United Distillers, and the water comes from springs in the foothills of Lochnagar, a mountain which rises to 3789 feet.

The distillery produces the Royal Lochnagar Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky which has a medium-bodied taste with creamy, sweet overtones. In the visitor centre, converted from the old distillery farm steading, there is a whisky shop and exhibition area.

  • Owning Company: United Distillers
  • Production Status: Operational
  • Established: 1845
  • Source: Local springs below Lochnagar
  • Age when bottled: 12 yrs
  • Strength: 40% & 43%
  • Visitors per annum: 35000
  • Tasting Notes: 12 yr, 40%
  • Nose: Pleasant full nose
  • Taste: Good body with full, malt-fruit-like taste and a delicious trace of sweetness

Comments: Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve is a special bottling available from time to time at 43%. Expect to pay around #159.

Opening Days & Times

Easter-Oct, Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-16.00

Nov-Mar, Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00; closed Christmas and New Year.

Children under eight years of age are welcome but are not encouraged to take the tour.




AB35 5TB

Contact Phone

01339 742273

Travel Directions to Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Off B976, 5.5.miles W of Ballater, Crathie, Kincardine & Deeside.

Friday, 15 April 2016