Situated just outside the small market town of Crieff, in beautiful rural Perthshire, the Glenturret Distillery is a fantastic hidden gem. Nestled among the trees and with the Turret river running alongside it, you get a sense of what it may have been like for illicit distillers making whisky out of sight from the excise man in years gone by. And this is not the only thing about Glenturret that gives you an insight into whisky making history.
Whisky production has been taking place on the banks of the Turret since at least 1775, making it the oldest working Distillery in Scotland. This heritage shines from every aspect of the Distillery’s walls, and if you join one of the many tours on offer, you’ll see this in the methods used, from the Douglas Fir washbacks, to cutting the spirit by hand and by eye; not a computer in sight!
Be sure to schedule in time for a visit to their unique and welcoming shop which stocks a full range of superb single malts, including Distillery exclusives such as Bottle Your Own Glenturret which you can bottle straight from the cask. The friendly and knowledgeable hosts will be happy to take you through whiskies on offer, to make sure you leave with the dram that is the ideal pairing for your palette.
Before you go, pop up to the beautiful café and restaurant where you can find a host of treats! The café offers a great selection of barista coffee, with homemade soup and sandwiches and freshly baked goodies. Or if you’re feeling a little more peckish, you can dine in the Terrace restaurant, which is famous for its Glenturret battered fish and chips.
Whether you’re a whisky newbie or a connoisseur, there’s something for everyone at Glenturret.