Royal Lochnagar

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 13397 42700
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Twitter" Twitter: DiscoverDistilleries (@12distilleries)

Facts and figures

LocationRoyal Lochnagar Distillery, Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB
Water SourceSprings in the hills of Lochnagar
Stills1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity400,000 litres

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary through the year; check for details of opening hours; tours run on the hour, every hour.


Royal Lochnagar Distillery Tour £7.5

A guided tour of the Distillery, Filling Store and Warehouse, followed by a dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old.

Royal Lochnagar Tasting Tour £10

A guided tour of the Distillery, Filling Store and Warehouse, followed by a dram of the Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old, and the Royal Lochnagar Friends Only Bottle, only available at the distillery.

Warehouse Experience £20

Ideal for the seasoned distillery visitor, this unique experience covers the process of maturation and gives you the opportunity to draw samples straight from the cask in our warehouse, which you can savour and enjoy during a tutored tasting. This experience is by appointment, please call 013397 42700 or email to book. Maximum of 6 people, please note that this experience does not include a Distillery Tour.

Royal Tour £35

A welcoming cup of coffee and homemade shortbread in the Distillery Library where you will learn the history of the distillery, followed by an in-depth tour explaining how we make our whisky, hosted by one of our knowledgeable members of staff. After the tour there will be a very special tasting of Royal Lochnagar as well as a specially selected rare whisky. This exclusive Royal Tour takes place from Monday to Friday at 10.30am and 2pm, and Saturdays 10.30am. Booking in advance is essential, minimum 2 people, so please contact us at or the visitor centre on 013397 42700. All distillery tours include £5 off the purchase of any 70cl bottle of single malt.


Royal Lochnagar is one of Diageo's Classic Malts.

The first Lochnagar distillery was burnt down in suspicious circumstances in 1824 and a replacement again burnt down in 1841. In 1845 John Begg built the "new" Lochnagar.[1] The distillery was awarded its Royal Warrant in 1848 when John Begg invited Prince Albert to visit the distillery from the nearby Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s residence in the Highlands. The next day the distillery was visited by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children.

Today Royal Lochnagar is owned by Diageo, and the distillery produces a relatively small amount of whisky, most of which is used in Johnnie Walker black and blue label.
Information correct as of 21/05/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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