Deanston originally Deans Town after the Dean of Dunblane acquired the land in around 1500.
The website has basic information about the distillery, its history, and making whisky. You can also join the Weaving Shed mailing list to be kept up-to-date on what's going on at Deanston. An online shop is promised soon.
Deanston has now got a visitor centre and a coffee shop (The Coffee Bothy). Various tours are available and cost more depending on how many whiskies you want to taste afterwards, and whether you want to pair them with Iain Burnett chocolates.
The Coffee Bothy is open every day of the year except 25/26 December and 1/2 January, the visitor centre is closed from 25 December to 3 January inclusive. Generally open 10am to 5pm (Coffee Bothy 4.30pm, last tour 4pm), but check website for opening hours, particular in late December/early January.
A bottle your own facility is available.
Deanston is photographer friendly, though no flash photography is permitted.
Distillery buildings were originally a cotton mill dating from 1785, designed by Richard Arkwright. Bought by the Deanston Distillery Company in 1965, they converted the buildings into a Distillery and started producing spirit in 1966. The first release of malt was in 1971 under the Old Bannockburn label (at the time of writing TWE have a bottle available at £199).
The mill was powered by water wheels (see below), fed by a 1,500 yard lade from the River Teith. The distillery is still water powered, though now using less picturesque turbines - it is more than self-sufficient and sells surplus electricity to the national grid.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk Undiscovered Scotland
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Maps: Open Cycle Bing Nearby: Glenturret, Tullibardine
Nearest station is Dunblane (DBL) (5-6 miles) - Live Train Times: DBL;
Stirling (STG) (8-9 miles) - Live Train Times: STG has a more frequent service
From Dunblane - Old Doune Road opposite Tesco is signed as a cycle route and joins up with Cycle Route 765, which takes you to Doune. (From the crossing of the A9 to shortly before crossing the A820 this does involve potentially muddy paths - to avoid these use the A820, or from the A9/M9 roundabout south of Dunblane the B824).
From Stirling, the most direct route is along the busy A84. Alternatively, go via Bridge of Allan to Dunblane and proceed as above, or use the unclassified road signed to Carse of Lecropt, then B824/A820. (Note Cycle Route 765 between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane takes a hilly, circuitous route - again potentially muddy. The A9 here isn't too bad an alternative).
Once in Doune you will have to join the A84 for a short period, turn right immediately after the bridge over the River Teith (or left before the bridge if you have come up the A84), and bear right immediately alongside the Teith to the Distillery.
Deanston bottle a 12yo (46.3%), a virgin oak NAS (46.3%) and have recently added an 18yo (46.3%). They also do occasional bottlings of older single casks.
Independent bottlings are fairly rare.
Nearest Bike shops:
Bridge of Allan (6 miles):
Rock & Road Henderson St 01786 834888 (next to WoodWinters)
Stirling (9 miles):
Velocity 44 Barnton St 01786 465292 (opposite the Curly Coo)
Stirling Cycle Repairs Causewayhead 01786 451559 (nr Wallace Memorial)
Recyke-a-Bike Abbey Rd, Riverside 01786 447559
Halfords Springkerse Retail Park 01786 448857
Callander (9 miles):
Wheels Cycling Centre Invertrossachs Rd 01877 331100
Wheelology 4 Ancaster Square 01877 331052
Filling the Mash Tun
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Deanston Distillery will are available on Flickr.