Glenfiddich Distillery was established in 1886 by William Grant. He and his family built the distillery by hand and the first of its whisky ran from the stills on Christmas Day 1887. William Grant had previously managed Mortlach another famous Speyside distillery in Dufftown. Glenfiddich was built with a minimal budget but lots of heart. William even walked to Cardhu Distillery and bought their stills which were being replaced at the time.
Glenfiddich Distillery Tours
Glenfiddich hosts a number of tour types. The 2 hour Spirit of Innovation Tour gives a good insight into Glenfiddich’s experimental side. The tour includes visits to the warehouse and bottling hall.
There is an onsite restaurant called the Malt Barn which specialises in providing good quality food using many local ingredients from Speyside.
Getting to Glenfiddich Distillery
From Edinburgh and Glasgow you can take the train to Inverness. Then take a train from Inverness to Elgin. The journey time from Edinburgh/Glasgow to Elgin is around 4 hr 40 min. The coastal route via Aberdeen is an alternative route to Elgin. You can then take a taxi to Dufftown from the station. It’s best to book taxis and trains in advance.
There is a bus service No. 36 which takes about 1 hr departing from Elgin Bus Station. This stops at Glenfiddich Distillery. You will need to walk up from Elgin Railway Station to Elgin Bus Station (about 15 min).
If you are driving, don’t drink any alcohol. Drink Driving is a serious crime in Scotland and the drink driving alcohol limits are the strictest in the UK.