What to do and see in Glenlivet, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

September 5, 2017 Almeta Stockton

Discover the best top things to do in Glenlivet, United Kingdom (UK) including Speyside Whisky Tours, Glenfarclas Distillery, The Whisky Castle, Caorunn Gin Tour, Aberlour Distillery, Speyside Tours, Anagach Woods, Glenlivet Hill Trek, Cragganmore Distillery, Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails.
Restaurants in Glenlivet

1. Speyside Whisky Tours

Glendalloch, Glenlivet AB37 9E, Scotland
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5 based on 37 reviews

Speyside Whisky Tours

Speyside Whisky Tours offer a range of exclusive day trips to Speyside's world-famous Whisky Distilleries in the comfort of a luxury RANGE ROVER VOGUE. There is no finer way to explore Speyside

Reviewed By nmarieke - Boston

This review is a bit late, but I had to share the wonderful experience we had with Toby. My husband and I spent two days in late September 2016 with Toby. Beginning to end we enjoyed Toby's knowledge and gentle manner. We had been booked on several tours ahead of time (Ballindollach, Balvenie) and dropped in at many other Distilleries. Both of those tours were once in a lifetime experiences. It really showed us the spectrum of Distilleries in the Speyside Area. Other highlights were the Cooperage and lunch at Glenfiddich (the wonderful Cullen Skink!). Toby took us sightseeing around Speyside, and I cannot describe the beauty of this area and do it any justice. It was like a dream. Toby, my friend, we will be back! Much love, David and Noelle Rudloff

2. Glenfarclas Distillery

Ballindalloch AB37 9BD, Scotland
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5 based on 235 reviews

Glenfarclas Distillery

Reviewed By Sònia V - Sabadell, España

This distillery is, as I can recall, the only one in Scotland that remains in the family since its foundation. So you can learn there how is keeping a distillery through the years, how the business evolved... And taste a different and non-very commercial whisky. My personal choice is the 10 years old, not so strong as the 15th o others.

3. The Whisky Castle

6 Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9EX, Scotland +44 1807 580213
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

The Whisky Castle

The Whisky Castle has been selling the finest malt whiskies of Scotland from its premises in the quaint village of Tomintoul for over 100 years. It is located at the gateway to Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail. Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and The Whisky Castle is the highest whisky shop in the UK. Your hosts Sam and Scott, along with their team Maureen, Kirstin and Lauren would be delighted to welcome you to sample some of the finest Scottish malts and gins Scotland has to offer. We have over 500 malt whiskies with many being single cask, independently bottled and from small batches. We provide a unique tasting experience from a fantastic selection of products allowing us to match a malt to your palette and budget. Our single malts are personally selected by us with many being non-chill filtered so you are assured of some of the most unique drams from across Scotland including limited and rare collectables. We also stock some whiskies from Distilleries that have closed and also those that have been demolished and lost forever! We also offer lager, beers, wine, champagne, vodka, gin, port, brandy, sherry and many Scottish liqueurs. There is an extensive gift shop and 18 seater café in our Highland Market serving hot food all day. We offer a full range of Scottish gifts, toys, unique jewellery and country clothing to suit all tastes. When you get the chance to visit us you will be given a traditional warm Scottish welcome and if you are looking for something extra special that we don't have in stock we offer a sourcing service and we can have your item shipped direct to your door. All of our products can be bought online. We love reaching out and spreading the word about the fabulous Malt Whiskies of Scotland in their natural state where there is no added caramel for colouring and whiskies have not been chill-filtered for clarity and/or diminished in flavour for consistency.

Reviewed By Robert L - Glasgow

This is really a review of the Highland market, but I believe its the same business as the adjacent and connected Whisky Castle.
We dropped in for lunch on Sunday afternoon, and were blown away by the service (friendly and professional), the food (lovely thick soup and nice fresh sandwiches) the price (reasonable) and the coffee/cake - fresh and delicious, and served with hot milk without having to ask. On top of that the toilet was SPOTLESS, as was the cafe.
The connected shop is full of interesting quality items, and the Whisky Castle is not to be missed. Can't wait to return - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

4. Caorunn Gin Tour

Balmenach Distillery, Cromdale PH26 3PF, Scotland +44 1479 874933
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5 based on 35 reviews

Caorunn Gin Tour

A dry and crisp, aromatic taste adventure. Intimate and personal tours. Insight into Caorunn’s artisanal production process, botanical garden and foraged local ingredients. Behind-the-scenes tour of the production area. Tutored deconstructed nosing and tasting session. Neat tasting and refreshing Caorunn&T with red apple wedges.

Reviewed By Andrew S - Pitlochry, United Kingdom

We thoroughly enjoyed the Caorunn experience this afternoon. 1.5 hours of informative discussion and engagement led by Emma our guide. The visit included seeing the local botanical being grown, a chance to smell all of the botanical used, info on the Distilling method and plant used. Then a chance to put your nose and tongue against the gin masters to gauge the taste and smell of the botanical in a measure of great gin. The tour then finished with a perfect gin and tonic and the chance to buy some goodies. Great afternoon and exceptional value for money.

5. Aberlour Distillery

Aberlour Distillery High Street | Aberlour, Banffshire, Aberlour AB38 9PJ, Scotland +44 1340 881249
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4.5 based on 358 reviews

Aberlour Distillery

Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural Springs. In this special place, the resources of nature and the founder’s passion for making the best single malt combine to make the generously multi-layered whiskies of Aberlour.

Reviewed By Ronald V - Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands

We have seen more than 40 Distilleries but we must say this was the not in our top but more at the bottom. Let we start to tell that the whisky is very good so that’s not the problem. Also the tasting at the end of the tour is good. Wat was not good; we didn’t feel wanted customers. Us was not told what to do or not but more commanded. It was the tone what wasn’t nice. We couldn’t make any pictures inside. This isn’t allowed at more Distilleries but the reason was safety of flammable gases (alcohol). This was a very strange reason because we see open electricity boxes where more change of spark was then all the camera’s together. Beside that there were al kind of electrical things on the desk with not any security for sparks. For example, a little air vent was on a table and this gives much electrical sparks. Again, it was the tone it was told us. During the tour we asked a worker who was sitting at a computer some things what we see, like a temperature on the display. Also this was not appreciated. Sorry but we fled not wanted. We would buy some things in the shop but went away after the tasting, very disappointed. Specially because we had booked the tour some months before and hoped to get something better.

6. Speyside Tours

Church Street, Dufftown AB55 4AR, Scotland
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5 based on 241 reviews

Speyside Tours

Whisky tours with a local!

Reviewed By tony_lunn - Galashiels, United Kingdom

A very informative and well organised tour. Michelle was fantastic during the tour and beforehand giving me some excellent guidance on accommodation and eating out in the area. We took advantage of the whisky meal she organised, which was splendid. If you like your whisky, there was a varied selection of samples given during the walk, with lots of background about the distillers and the whisky.

7. Anagach Woods

Forest Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland +44 1479 872273
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Anagach Woods

Reviewed By thesetter - Warwickshire

It’s not a big place but this community wood offers peace and quiet. Beautiful pine wood with red squirrels (we saw 6) and birds. Worth taking a small detour to the banks of the Spey. Beautiful.

8. Glenlivet Hill Trek

Blairfindy Keepers Cottage | Blairfindy, Glenlivet AB37 9DJ, Scotland
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5 based on 17 reviews

Glenlivet Hill Trek

We are a Visit Scotland 5* specialist off road touring company based in the Scottish Highlands. We use Land Rovers and environmentally friendly Argocat 8 wheel drive vehicles to transport clients on a selection of whisky smuggling themed tours within the Cairngorms National Park. Although our tours specialise in whisky smuggling, they include distillery visits, wildlife and stunning scenery. We cater for corporate events to a maximum of 40 persons. We provide high quality picnics of Scottish Fayre to compliment your experience. We were 2015 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards Finalists in the 'Best Outdoor Adventure' category and 2017 winners of the Spirit of Speyside Awards 'Best New Event' category. We are currently a finalist in the 2017 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for the 'Best Heritage Tourism Experience'. We are proud to be Green Tourism Gold Award recipients and endeavour to improve our 'Green' credentials at every opportunity.

Reviewed By D E - Coral Springs, Florida

We thoroughly enjoyed our trek, our guide was very knowledgeable, thoughtful and good at making us feel comfortable and well taken care of -very nice people. The ArgoCat is, I can't lie, very bouncy and slow going but pretty much what I expected going over the hills - they are after all wild and natural! I can't imagine trying to walk up so the ArgoCat was exactly what was needed and did the job well. The views from the top were simply amazing, the whole valley stretched out below, the misty hills off in the distance. We love Scotland and this was a wonderful way to see it. After the hill ascent we had lunch in the bothy. The bothy was so cute and decked out with all manner of comforts, they hosts really thought of everything. We dined by candlelight, a little stove giving off plenty of heat in the corner. The lunch was AMAZING! Hot delicious soup, cheese and pickle Sandwich on wonderful brown bread, hot tea and coffee followed by some very excellent cake. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this trek. Enjoy! I know we did!

9. Cragganmore Distillery

Ballindalloch AB37 9AB, Scotland +44 1479 874715
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Cragganmore Distillery

Reviewed By mandy641 - Cheshire, england

When we initialled called at this distillery the lady had unfortunately nipped out of the shop so we missed her. We went back the next day and because we had mentioned at another distillery that nobody was at Cragganmore when we went the lady spoilt when we went back the following day. The whiskies that we tried were extremely good, so good in fact that we bought 2. It's a bit off the beaten track down a little road, through a tiny village but it's worth it just to try their delicious whiskies. Go you won't be disappointed.

10. Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails

Tomintoul AB37 9AR, Scotland +44 1479 870070
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails

Reviewed By Starkreality1 - Scotland

Took the children up the red to Carn Daimh. Very clever how the trail winds its way up to the top with out bursting you.
On route to the top one of the forestry contractors was maintaining the verges with a pretty vicious rotating chain machine. The chap operating could not have been more courteous towards us as he powered down his machine as we approached, thumbs up for my 10 yr old boy as we passed.
Great to see that forestry operations can be down safely and with respect with cyclists in the vicinity. The guy in question was a credit to how forestry operations can be safely managed and how cyclists or walkers can still access the environment safely as he operated his machinery. The Forestry Commission should come to Glenlivet and see how it should be done.
Couple of years since we were last here and the benches are a great addition at the top of the mountain.
Trails in great condition. Very clever that riders of any ability can do the red run. 'Chicken runs' on every difficult bit on the trail, sounds such negative terminology but it means that a family of any ability can descend a great trail and everyone has had fun. Glenlivet have nailed it for a family day out. Top marks to all those who maintain and thought up the trail.

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