Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing around 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits annually. Around 85% of Diageo’s production in Scotland is sold overseas.
Diageo in Scotland currently employs around 4,000 people and operates 28 malt distilleries and one grain distillery and has a 50 per cent share in a further grain distillery. As well as engineering and technical support functions, there are extensive warehousing and packaging operations in Scotland and the company’s Scottish headquarters are in Edinburgh.
Local folk have been making whisky here in Muir of Ord for hundreds of years, but it was Thomas Mackenzie of Ord who founded a legal distillery in 1838 to create local jobs and provide a ready market for local grain. For generations Glen Ord was a secret delight among those who know its charm and because it is so sought after all of the Singleton of Glen Ord is exported to South East Asia.
Glen Ord is firmly rooted in the Black Isle sourcing its barley from local farmers and using the waters of heaven and earth from two local lochs situated two miles from the distillery to produce our renowned whisky.
We are one of a handful of distilleries who still has their own modern maltings which, on prior booking, can be toured alongside the distillery. With 22 grand pine washbacks and 14 gleaming copper stills Glen Ord is the fourth largest distillery in Scotland and the largest distillery on the North Coast 500. Although our machinery may be modern we still make the whisky the old way and nowhere is that more evident than in our traditional warehouses with their thick stone walls and earth and ash flooring where we store almost 12,000 casks.
Located near Inverness, Glen Ord is the ideal start, or end, of your North Coast 500 journey offering tours of the distillery all year round. Visitors can expect a range of different tour and tasting options at Glen Ord. For further information, go to http://www.discovering-distilleries.com
or call us on (01463) 872004
Nestled in the countryside of the tranquil coastal village of Brora sits Clynelish - Sutherland’s only remaining, fully-functioning distillery. Founded in 1821 by the 1st Duke of Sutherland, Clynelish was one of the first purpose built distilleries in Scotland.
Clynelish distillery has gone through many changes in its lifetime with the present day distillery being built in 1967/68 close to the original Clynelish distillery.
With water supplied from the Clynemilton burn which is said to contain particles of gold, and has supplied the village of Brora since 1819, the distillers claim to produce their very own brand of genuine liquid gold here.
As Clynelish is the only distillery in Sutherland it is the perfect stop on your North Coast 500 journey, suiting whisky lovers and novices alike. For more information on available tours and tasting visit http://www.discovering-distilleries.com
or call us on (01408) 623000