Not open for visits normally.
I visited Longmorn during the Spirit of Speyside Festival in May 2008. The larger pictures on this page date from then.
Longmorn founder John Duff had tried unsuccessfully to establish distilleries in South Africa and the USA, when he picked on the Longmorn site as an ideal place for a distillery - next to the Great North of Scotland railway, for transportation, a good water supply, barley from the Laich of Moray and peat from Mannoch Hill. Power for the distillery was provided by a large water wheel.
So good was the situation that Duff decided to build a second distillery (initially known as Longmorn II) next door - but by this time the Pattison scandal had hit the whisky industry and he went bankrupt and had to sell the distillery - to a James R Grant (there were a lot of Grants in the Speyside area). Under the new ownership the distillery prospered, particularly popular as a top dressing for many deluxe blended whiskies.
When the distillery was expanded from 4 stills to 8 in 1974 the existing spirit stills were removed from the old still house and replaced with two more wash stills, while the former filling store was converted to take four spirit stills.
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Longmorn Distillery is two miles south of Elgin off the road (A941) to Rothes (8 miles). The track beyond the Distillery is just about passable by bike. Nearest station is Elgin (ELG) (2.5 miles) Live Train Times. If your bike's laid up, there's a bus stop at the end of the road.
Longmorn's only mainstream release is the 16yo at 48%, which replaced the 45% 15yo in 2007 - with a price hike and fancy bottle. The only other Distillery Bottling is a 17yo Cask Strength available in visitor centres at other Chivas distilleries.
Gordon & MacPhail produce a 12yo, and there are various other independent bottlings.
Something Special (featured in the 2004 picture, below left) is a Deluxe Blend based on Longmorn - mainly for export.
LFW, RMW, TWE
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 Longmorn Distillery are available on Flickr.