Local Whisky Distilleries
Perhaps the best known of Scottish exports, whisky may well be an essential ingredient of your Highland experience and here at Loch Ness Lodge we are delighted to share with you a few our favourite local distilleries.
Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre and Whisky Shop is the closest distillery to Loch Ness Lodge, located near Muir of Ord just 15 miles west of Inverness, and it is also one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland – dating back to 1838. A visit to Glen Ord Distillery, on the edge of the Black Isle in the Highlands, is a delight to both the eye and the palate. Here you can watch the distillers at work creating a magical malt whisky which is sweet, malty and dry on the palate. There is a well-stocked shop where you can purchase a wide variety of single malt whiskies, books and glassware.
Benromach - Situated on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres, in north-east Scotland just two experienced distillers passionately hand-craft Benromach using the finest Scottish barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills.
On your visit, you can see the mash tun, and the burnished copper stills, and witness our experienced distillers create the unique qualities of Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The “essential Tour” Includes an in-depth tour followed by a tutored tasting of various expressions from the Benromach range.
Balblair - Situated on the misty shores of the Dornoch Firth is the home of Balblair where they have been producing award-winning Highland Single Malt whisky since they rolled out their first barrel in 1790. Balblair whiskies are uniquely Vintage names for the year they were made, not with an age statement. Every year the Distillery Manager, John MacDonald tastes, judges and selects straight from the cask when the character of the whisky is just right. Each vintage represents an exact moment in time.
Visitors are welcome to the Distillery Visitor Centre. One other claim to fame is that the distillery featured in the new Ken Loach film “The Angel’s Share”.