All that's left of Banff Distillery are some distillery cottages.
Banff distillery's history is notable for the number of fires it suffered. First established on a separate site in 1824, it was moved to its final site in 1863 to take advantage of a better water source and proximity to the then newly built Great North of Scotland Railway.
1877 saw all but the malting floors and warehouses destroyed by fire - as this was at the beginning of a whisky boom, the distillery was quickly rebuilt, and the then owner invested in his own fire engine for the premises. In 1941 a German bomb hit warehouse 12 and the resulting explosion was further fuelled by the whisky - casks were flung around the surrounding area, got into the water supply and cattle were reportedly drunk for several days!
The next fire was in 1959 when a spark ignited during routine maintenance and considerable damage ensued. Again the distillery was rebuilt, but the 1980's whisky glut saw the closure of Banff and 10 other distilleries - Banff finally closing in 1983.
Diageo starting demolishing buildings in 1985, and the last remaining warehouse was destroyed - by yet another fire, of course, in 1991.
Malt Madness Wikipedia WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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The nearest station: Keith (KEH) (20 miles), Huntly (HNT) (22) Live Train Times: KEH, HNT.
The site of the Banff Distillery is on Cycle Route 1 near where it crosses the Burn of Boyndie.
Diageo released a single bottling of Banff in their Rare Malts range - a 21yo in 2004.
Independent bottlings of Banff were relatively common, but given the length of time since closure, they are becoming rarer and more expensive.
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Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Aultmore Distillery are available on Flickr.