Mortlach is not normally open to the public, but I was able to tour it as part of the 7 Stills Tour during the Spirit of Speyside Festival in 2008. Unfortunately, it was still not possible to take any pictures of the stills.
Dufftown's first distillery, and though it had a chequered early history, changing ownership several times, converted to a brewery for a while, and having its equipment ripped out at one point, it spawned the town's second distillery - William Grant had worked at Mortlach for some 20 years before deciding to set out on his own - at Glenfiddich.
Mortlach employs a complicated partial triple distillation process incorporating a still much smaller than the others, known as the Wee Witchy.
Diageo have announced plan to expand production at Mortlach with a new stillhouse, duplicating the existing complicated ditillation process.
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk ScotchWhiskyNet
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (14 miles), Keith (KEH) (10) or Huntly (HNT) (13). Live train times: ELG, KEH, HNT. The preserved Keith & Dufftown railway runs up to 3 trips a day at weekends in summer and some Fridays too - also during Speyside Festivals.
Mortlach Distillery is on the banks of the Dullan Water close to its confluence with the Fiddich. It takes its name from the settlement around Mortlach Old Kirk which pre-dates Dufftown by some 1000 years.
Mortlach 16yo has been part of Diageo's Flora and Fauna range for some years, but is due to be phased out in favour of a new and pricey range in 2014.
Many Independent bottlings can be found.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:(17 miles), Huntly (14)
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Autospares of Huntly 49 Duke Street 01466 793682
Charlie Millett Dufftown 01340 820991
Not a shop - has a page on the Dufftown.net website - provides repairs and spares - assisted Whisky Cyclist in 2014 when stranded in Craigellachie with a damaged tyre.
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Mortlach Distillery are available on Flickr.