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A Guide to Speyside, Scotland

Speyside

Speyside, Scotland is home to The Macallan, and is one of the most recognised and celebrated regions for its whisky production. In fact, Speyside has the highest geographical concentration of distilleries in the world, and almost half of all Scotch malt whisky distilleries are found here.

The Macallan Estate has been officially established on the banks of the iconic River Spey since 1824, although whisky may have been produced on the property for much longer. Founded by Alexander Reid, the distillery is situated on our 485 acre estate with our historic Easter Elchies House at its heart.
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Speyside Whisky: A Region Rich with Heritage

Speyside is one of Scotland’s five whisky distilling regions, and can be found in northeastern Scotland. The area encompasses wild forests and rich farmlands, juxtaposed with wild Scottish moorland.

The Macallan Estate is situated within a countryside that has been classified as an ‘Area of Great Landscape Value’, and the River Spey itself is considered a ‘Special Area of Conservation’; we take great care in stewarding these beautiful natural resources.

The River Spey

The River Spey flows through the heart of the area, renowned both for its salmon fishing and steady stream of cool, fresh water to the distilleries dotting its banks. We use the water from the river to cool down our stills during the distillation process, and source the water for our new-make spirit from spring water boreholes nearby.

Speyside Distilleries

Speyside whisky has been in production for hundreds of years, and The Macallan was one of the first to be legally licenced; we take great pride in consistently creating some of the world’s most distinguished single malts. There are over fifty scotch whisky distilleries in Speyside. As one of the primary industries in the region, whisky making is a leading source of employment, as well as primary draw for tourism to this distinct region.

We proudly invest in our community, carrying forward this invaluable expression of Scotland’s history and legacy forward into the future.
The Macallan Map of Speyside Whisky Region in Scotland

The Macallan Estate

In 2018 we officially opened the doors to our new Distillery on The Macallan Estate, a celebration of our past, present and vision for the future.

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we are currently closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to The Macallan Estate in the future and thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.
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Getting Here

The Macallan Estate is found just outside of the town of Craigellachie and up the road from Aberlour, and is approximately halfway in between Aberdeen and Inverness. Due to the rural setting of our distillery, there is no public transport that serves the distillery directly. The nearest train stations are Aviemore and Elgin, from here you can take a taxi or drive to the distillery.

While you can use a taxi service, it is recommended to rent a car when visiting, providing both flexibility and freedom to enjoy the area. It is not safe to walk to The Macallan Distillery, as there are no pedestrian paths along the busy roads that the entrance sits on.

Both Aberdeen and Inverness have international airports. If you are flying into Aberdeen it is approximately 1.2 hours from the airport to drive to the distillery. From Inverness Airport it is just over one hour’s drive.

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Distil your World in The Macallan Bar

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Easter Elchies House