Edradour doesn't have a visitor centre in the traditional sense, but a number of the old distillery buildings have been converted for visitor use. Reception and the shop are in an old warehouse, the tours commence in the Tasting Bar, and then you are taken to the former maltings for a couple of drams before starting out around the Distillery. Cost is £7.50, but you get to keep a Glencairn tasting glass. The charge is fairly recent to keep down the number of tourists - particularly coach parties, they say! Drams of any other Edradour/Signatory whiskies are available in the Tasting Bar after your tour mostly priced at £2.50. In the shop prices are not inflated - similar prices as at Robertsons of Pitlochry.
Note for cyclists and walkers - the distillery won't keep hold of your bags while you take the tour, so don't take too much with you!
All the whisky making is under one (tiny) roof, with worm tubs outside acting as condensers. Unusually, Edradour bottle their malt on site, though unfortunately the bottling hall (in the car park across the road) is not part of the tour. The bottling hall is currently being enlarged (2015). Edradour is photographer friendly, though no flash photography permitted in the warehouse or production area.
Distillery originates from 1825, but the current site wasn't built until 1837, at the same time a license was acquired. Originally named Glenforres, the distillery even took the suffix Glenlivet for a time despite being far from Speyside.
Edradour still claims to be the smallest distillery in Scotland despite the opening of Abhainn Dearg with an apparent capacity of 20,000 litres. There's also Daftmill again reported to have a 20,000 litre capacity, though no Whisky has yet been released. Then there's Loch Ewe with a capacity of less than 600 litres per year.
They have also upped production, working 6 days a week instead of 5, so they can now produce 15 casks per week. Whatever, they will never be a big distillery!
A considerable proportion of the cargo lost off Eriskay in 1941 when the SS Politician sank is believed to have come from Edradour.
Ballechin was also the name of a now demolished distillery near Grandtully from 1818 until 1927.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk Undiscovered Scotland
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Maps: Open Cycle Bing Nearby: Blair Athol, Aberfeldy
Nearest station is Pitlochry (PIT) (3 miles) - Live Train Times: PIT.
From Pitlochry - either South past Blair Athol Distillery on the A924, then left under the railway just before the A924 joins the A9, left again after about 300 yards, then 2 miles up the hill. Alternatively (signposted route), head out of Pitlochry on the A924 towards Balgowrie, through Moulin and Kinnaird. Where the A924 does a very sharp left turn, go straight on - the Distillery is about another half mile.
Edradour bottle a wide range of expressions despite their small capacity. The 10 year old (40%) is the basic product, but is supplemented by cask strength versions of both Sherry and Bourbon matured whisky, the Caledonia 12yo (46%); a range fully matured in various casks (at 46%); and various Straight from the Cask finishes.
In addition, Edradour produces a peated malt, Ballechin (named after a distillery closed in 1927), again in a range of expressions.
Edradour used to contribute to the official House of Lords blend produced by former distillery owner, William Whiteley.
The only independent bottlings usually available are from the disillery's sister company Signatory.
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 Edradour Distillery will are available on Flickr.