Location & Contact Details

Location Location: Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland, Tranent, East Lothian, EH44 5ET
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Telephone Telephone: +44 (0) 1875 342 012
Email Email: glenkinchie.distillery[at]
Twitter Twitter: DiscoverDistilleries (@12distilleries)

Facts and figures

Location East Lothian
Owner Diageo
Founded 1837
Founder George and John Rate
Capacity 2,700,000 litres

Opening Hours

January – February

  • Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00
  • Last Tour at 15.00 hours
  • Silent Season: from the 13th – the 29th of February inclusive.
    The Visitor Centre will be open and we will be offering our exhibition and an explanation of the distillation process by one of our guides using the model.
    The cost for this will be £4pp including 2 whiskies and £8pp for 4 whiskies.

March – October

  • Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00
  • Last Tour at 16.00 hours

November – December

  • Monday – Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00
  • Last Tour at 15.00 hours

Festive Opening Times

  • Please contact the Visitor Centre for availability during the festive period, in order to avoid disappointment.


Exhibition Only

£4 (includes discount voucher for £5 off purchase of 70cl single malt whisky)
Visit to exhibition / model distillery & complimentary dram of Glenkinchie 12 year old single malt

Glenkinchie Tour

£8 Adult (includes discount voucher for £5 off purchase of 70cl single malt whisky)
£6 Concession (60+ years)
£3 Children (8 -17 years) – for health & safety reasons, children under age of 8 are not permitted on the production tour
Exhibition/model distillery, tour of distillery & complimentary tasting of Glenkinchie single malt.

Flavour of Scotland Tour

£12 (includes discount voucher for £5 off purchase of 70cl single malt whisky)
As per the Glenkinchie Tour and extended tasting comparing Glenkinchie to other single malts from around Scotland

Tailormade, group and evening tours

These are also available upon request; please contact the Visitor Centre.


Glenkinchie is one of Diageo’s Classic Malts.

Founded in 1825 by the farmers John and George Rate, Glenkinchie operated under the name Milton Distillery until it was licenced and renamed in 1837. The new name came from the Kinchie Burn which runs through the glen, which itself derives its name from a corruption pf “de Quincey”; the family who originally owned the land and burn.

It was later rebuilt into a redbrick Victorian masterpiece you’ll see today; complete with houses for the workers, a bowling green, those two fat old copper pot stills and the largest wash still in the industry. A traditional single cast-iron worm tub cools the spirit, in preference to a more modern condenser, giving a whisky of greater character and depth.

Information correct as of 6/5/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Glenkinchie Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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