The GlenAllachie Distillery, has today unveiled a revamped visitor centre, following a £600,000 upgrade of its facilities.
A former engineering workshop on the distillery site has been transformed to house a whisky bar and a tasting lounge, along with substantial outdoor seating space with views of Ben Rinnes.
|GlenAllachie unveils upgraded visitor centre|
The whisky bar will offer a range of The GlenAllachie Distillers Company’s whiskies and rums, offered in single measures or as a flight, as well as mixers and locally made soft drink options.
As part of the distillery’s sustainability efforts, the new space will be heated using excess heat energy from the stillhouse. Electric vehicle charging points have also been installed for visitor use.
Winner of Visitor Attraction of the Year (Icons of Whisky Scotland, 2022), the Speyside based distillery opened to the public for the very first time in April 2019 with a retail shop, small tasting room and limited tour programme.
Along with the expansion, The GlenAllachie’s visitor centre team has doubled over the last 12 months to cater for accelerating demand and footfall since recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company appointed Tracy Sellar as Visitor Centre Manager in 2022 to oversee its upgrading and upscaling, as well as the ongoing strategic running of The GlenAllachie’s brand home.
The distillery shop offers a number of bottlings exclusively available to its visitors, including a hand-filled 17 Year Old Oloroso Butt Single Cask – RRP: £218, and a hand-filled 10 Year Old Recioto Della Valpolicella Barrique Single Cask – RRP: £101.
Commenting on the news, Tracy said: “ We’re thrilled to unveil our expanded Visitor Centre at The GlenAllachie Distillery after months of planning and preparation. As a team, we identified a gap in our offering: the option to enjoy a dram or flight without the need to join a tour. The new whisky bar, between the indoor and outdoor space, allows for an impressive capacity of 100 people at any one time. As we continue to expand as a visitor attraction, we look forward to a busy summer season with more experiences to offer our guests.”
The GlenAllachie visitor centre is currently open every day from 10:00-17:00 for the summer season (April – October). A range of tours can be booked through their website.
Posted by Steve Rush