Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Chivas Brothers, has today announced the reopening of its Scotch whisky distillery visitor centres, following their temporary closure in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with Scottish government guidelines, the Glenlivet, Aberlour and Scapa distillery visitor centres will reopen from August 7th.

The Glenlivet Distillery

Each site has been equipped with extensive health and safety measures to ensure visitors can take part in the adapted tasting experiences, now operating at a reduced capacity.

Checkpoints have been implemented across each site, including temperature checks at site entrances, hand sanitiser stations in each room, clear social distancing signposts throughout and increased cleaning procedures across the sites.

Those wishing to visit the brand homes and experience a socially distanced guided tasting will be required to pre-book their tickets online in order to effectively manage visitor numbers and ensure strict social distancing measures are adhered to at all times. Face masks will be provided where necessary, however, visitors are encouraged to bring their own.

Commenting on the news, Gordon Buist, Chivas Brothers Production Director, said: “After four challenging months, we’re delighted to be able to reopen the doors to our brand homes to give visitors the chance to safely enjoy our whiskies and the beautiful surroundings in Speyside and Orkney. We’ve been privileged to support our local communities in Scotland during the pandemic - including producing and distributing thousands of litres of hand sanitiser as NHS Scotland’s first pro-bono supplier - and so continuing to support them by opening responsibly and safely is our number one priority.”

He went onto say: “We have had substantial best-in-class Safe System of Work processes in place across all of our operational sites over the last few months, and we have been working closely with our local Speyside and Orkney communities to enable us to take significant steps in implementing these strict social distancing and sanitation measures in our visitor centres as well, ensuring we’re able to welcome visitors safely, protect our colleagues and neighbours, and support Scottish tourism.”

For more information on Chivas Brothers new socially distanced and adapted tasting experiences, visit: maltwhiskydistilleries.com

Posted by Steve Rush