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Cardhu Distillery Tours and Activities

Cardhu Distillery
Tucked into the peaty, water-drenched landscape of Speyside, Scotland’s famous whisky region, Cardhu Distillery opened in 1811 and was the brainchild of whisky smuggler John Cumming and his wife Helen, one of the country’s very few female distillers. They operated illicitly for several years and it is thought the distillery was built on this exposed spot on Mannoch Hill so approaching strangers would be spotted; it is also close to crystal spring waters that feed into the River Spey. One of the highlights of the celebrated self-drive Malt Whisky Trail, the current distillery was built in 1884; nine years later the company was sold to Johnnie Walker and to this day their blended whiskies are produced using Cardhu (the name means ‘black rock’ in Gaelic) malts. Housed in a stone complex with distinctive pagoda-shaped roofs, and updated in the 1970s when more copper stills were introduced, Cardhu is famous for its range of award-winning single malts with a smooth taste attributed to years of maturing in oak casks. A visitor center was added in 1988, with fine views across to Ben Rinnes. 

As well as guided tours, Cardhu Distillery is open for tastings of various single malts and Johnnie Walker blended whiskies, all of which can be bought in the gift shop.

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Knockando, Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 7RY. Open Jan–Mar, 
Oct–Dec Mon–Fri 10am–3pm; Apr Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; May Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Jun–Sept Mon–Thur, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Tour prices start at £5. Guided tours should be booked in advance; there are none in October due to annual maintenance although the shop remains open. Best accessed by car; the journey takes 1.5 hours from Inverness along the A96 and the A941.
Address: Knockando, Inverness, Banffshire AB38 7RY, Scotland
Hours: Jan–Mar, Oct–Dec Mon–Fri 10am–3pm; Apr Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; May Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Jun–Sept Mon–Thur, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm
Admission: Tour prices start at £5
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Meet Johnnie Walker - Private Whisky Tour - Cardhu, Cragganmore, Royal Lochnagar

Meet Johnnie Walker - Private Whisky Tour - Cardhu, Cragganmore, Royal Lochnagar

+++ MEET JOHNNIE WALKER! +++ Visit three of Scotland's most beautiful distilleries to find the secrets behind the world's most popular whisky. Distillery tour and tasting paid for. The only tour that takes you to the hidden sources of the world famous Jonnie Walker whisky. Single malt whisky from each distillery we will visit has been included in the famous Johnnie Walker blends over the past 100 years. A must for all whisky fans to find out about the history, the people and the single malt whisky behind Johnnie Walker. Each of these distilleries have been selected for one or more of the following: Johnnie Walker Blue, Green, Black and Red. Private tour!
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Price varies by group size
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What are Cardhu Distillery hours of operation?
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Cardhu Distillery hours of operation: Jan–Mar, Oct–Dec Mon–Fri 10am–3pm; Apr Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; May Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Jun–Sept Mon–Thur, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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