The Glenturret (Famous Grouse Experience)

Location and contact details

Location Location: The Famous Grouse Experience, Glenturret Distillery, The Hosh, Crieff, PH7 4HA
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Telephone Telephone: +44 (0) 1764 656 565
Twitter Twitter: Visit Famous Grouse (@VisitGrouse)

Facts and figures

Location Perthshire
Owner Highland Distillers
Founded 1775
Water source Loch Turret in Glenturret
Number of stills 1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity 340,000 litres

Opening Hours

The distillery is open four tours throughout the year, although opening hours vary; check for details of opening hours. Tours are hourly from 1030; last tour 1630 between March and October and at 1630 November to February.


Distillery Experience £10

Distillery tour showing how The Glenturret is still made using traditional methods and equipment. Included is tastes of two whiksy expressions; one from The Glenturret and one from The Famous Grouse.

Famous Tasting Experience £20

Incorporates the Distillery Experience, before you sample a further three whiskies from the Famous Grouse range. A souvenir nosing glass is included.

Fining Tasting Experience £30

Incorporates the Distillery Experience, before you sample a further three whiskies from the Finest Grouse range. A souvenir nosing glass is included.


The distillery was officially established in 1775, but had previously been under the control of illicit distillers, who sought to avoid paying taxes to England, since 1717. This early history has led to claims that Glenturret is the oldest distillery in Scotland, a title contested by other establishments such as Littlemill, Glenisla,Bowmore and Glen Garioch.

The distillery was originally known as “Hosh” and was originally owned by the Drummond family. “Hosh” comes from the gaelic “cois”, meaning foot. It was taken over by John McCallum in 1845 till 1875 when Thomas Stewart took it over and renamed it Glenturret in its centenary year.

The First World War saw the closure of the distillery, but following the war it reopened again under the Mitchell Brothers until 1921 when the great depression and prohibition in America saw it closed again. The buildings during this period were kept as storage by the Murrays of Ochtertyre. It did not reopen again to production till 1957 when it was revitalised by James Fairlie. Fairlie was a whisky enthusiast and his intention was to create a malt whisky created in traditional fashion and to preserve the craft of distilling. The distillery was bought by Cointreau in 1981 and from there passed to Highland Distillers in 1990. Since then it has become the home of “The Famous Grouse Experience”, which was nominated for an Interactive Entertainment Award at BAFTA in 2002.

Information correct as of 28/8/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Glenturret Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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