Blair Athol is a Diageo distillery - their only non-Classic Malt distillery that is open to the public. However it is included in the latest Classic Malt passport, so members get a free tour, normal cost £7, with a £3 discount voucher for each 70cl bottle of whisky bought, and the shop has a good range of Diageo malts available
The tour itself was informative if not exciting.
Like most Diageo distilleries Blair Athol is not photographer friendly, no photos allowed in any internal production areas.
As mentioned in Getting There, Blair Athol distillery is a considerable distance from the village/station of Blair Atholl, but the whole area was once part of the Atholl Estate centred on Blair Castle. Not quite sure when or where the distillery lost its second L!
Blair Athol has been the home of the Bell's blend for many years.
2 additional stills added in 1973, 4 Larch and 4 Steel washbacks replaced by 6 of Steel in 2010.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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Maps: Open Cycle Bing Nearby: Edradour, Aberfeldy
Less than a mile south of the middle of Pitlochry on the A924 (about 8 miles South of the village of Blair Atholl).
Nearest station is Pitlochry (PIT) (1 mile) - Live Train Times
12yo Flora and Fauna bottling at 43%, with the Otter (Dour) on the label.Blair Athol is the only official bottling except for a cask strength (55.80% - £55) Distillery only bottling. Several independent expressions can be found, some from Bourbon casks unlike the sherry cask F&F - see RMW for range of affordable independents. Most of Blair Athol's production is Bourbon matured for use in Bell's blends.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops:
Escape Route 3 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry 01796 473859
Progression Bikes The Smiddy,St Ninians Wynd, Dunkeld 07825 322225
Bike Hire also available at:
Blair Atholl Bike Hire at Food in the Park cafe at the new Gateway Centre adjacent to Blair Atholl Country Life Museum 01796 481500
Dunolly Adventures Taybridge Drive, Aberfeldy 01887 820928
See also www.cyclehighlandperthshire.com/
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Blair Athol Distillery are available on Flickr.