Neighbouring Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. Watch as our team of operators tend to our traditional mashtun, gleaming copper stills and fill casks at our traditional distillery, which retains much of its original charm. The tour ends with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery one of the jewels in the Royal Deeside crown is situated beside her Majesty the Queen’s Scottish Home, Balmoral Castle, in Crathie, half way between the villages of Ballater and Braemar, which is home to the world famous Highland Gathering and Games.
The distillery takes its name from the mountain, Lochnagar, which is a Munro, a mountain over 3000ft high. The Royal name was bestowed upon the distillery following a visit by Queen Victoria on the 12th September 1848. At the end of this, the first ever distillery tour, Queen Victoria enjoyed a dram of mature Lochnagar highland single malt scotch whisky.
Royal Deeside runs the length of the River Dee from its pools in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains, one of Scotland’s National Parks, to the Worlds Oil Capital, the granite city of Aberdeen. The river is famed for its spring salmon run with excellent fishing beats many by its towns of Banchory, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar.
Royal Deeside also has excellent golf courses, great stalking and shooting in the season and historic castles such as Crathes , Craigievar and Braemar.
With a variety of accommodation choices from cosy Bed and Breakfasts to Guest Houses and 4 star hotels there is something to suit everyone here in Royal Deeside.