The website has basic information about the distillery, its history, and making whisky. You can also join their mailing list to be kept up-to-date on what's going on at Deanston. An online shop was promised soon in 2015, but has yet to materialise..
Deanston has now got a visitor centre and a coffee shop (The Coffee Bothy).
All tours include a taste of 12yo Deanston, a £5 voucher towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of Deanston.
Standard Tour (£9); Classic Tour (£12) adds a taste of Virgin Oak; Tasting Room Tour (£26) includes the Deanston Tasting Room Experience and three drams; Heritage Tour (£35) adds a guided tour of Deanston Village, a visit to the Distillery's water source and three drams; Whisky and Chocolate Tour (£23 or £25) ends with a 3 (4 for the more expensive option) whisky pairing with Iain Burnett chocolates. Advance booking essential for the Heritage Tour, and advised for the chocolate tastings.
Tours are on the hour every hour 10.00 to 16.00.
The Coffee Bothy is open every day of the year except 25/26 December and 1/2 January. Generally open 10.00 to 17.00 (Coffee Bothy 16.30), 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.
Sold to Invergordon Distillers in 1972, the distillery was silent from 1982 to 1990 when it was bought y the resent owners Burn Stewart
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); Stirling (STG) (8-9 miles) - Live Train Times: DBL; STG. Stirling 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.
From Callander - the old railway has not been developed into a cycle path, so the A81/B8032 is a better route than the A84 - and the B8032 comes into Deanston just behind the distillery.
Without the bike - Bus 59 from Stirling Bus Station to Callander passes the Distillery hourly.
Deanston bottle a 12yo (46.3%), a virgin oak NAS (46.3%) as their core range. They have a number of limited editions, currently 18yo Bourbon Finish (46.3%); 15yo Organic Whisky (46.3%); 10yo PX (57.5%); 40yo (45.6%). They also do occasional bottlings of older single casks. They also do Distillery Exclusives (currently 20yo Portwood finish)
Independent bottlings are fairly rare.
Nearest Bike shops:
Dunblane (5 miles):
Roots Cycles 14 Braemar Park 07799 417582 (by appointment only)
Bridge of Allan (6 miles):
Rock & Road now online only
Stirling (9 miles):
Velocity 44 Barnton St 01786 465292 (opposite the Curly Coo)
Stirling Cycles 18b Airthrey Road,,Causewayhead 01786 451559
Recyke-a-Bike Alloa Road, Causewayhead 01786 447559
(Causewayhead is near The National Wallace Monument)
Stirling Bike Doctor Unit 112, Stirling Enterprise Park, Players Road 01786 463058
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.