Glen Albyn DistilleryGlen Albyn Distillery

Founded in 1844
Glen Albyn stood by the Caledonian Canal, which recieved its water from Loch Ness. The distillery lay between the Highlands and Northern Highlands.

Glen Albyn was built by James Sutherland, who was the mayor of Inverness at that time. Business was good, until Sutherland fell into financial difficulty, which led the distillery to be converted into a flourmill.

Gregory and Co. bought the distillery in 1884, until it was used as a US Naval Base between 1917 and 1919.

Mackinlays & Birnie Co. bought the distillery in 1920 and ran it until 1972, when it was purchaesd by Distillers Company Limited1983 was the end for Glen Albyn, due to a drop in sales as a result of the Whisky crisis.

The distillery had one wash and one spirit still, resulting in low capacity production. They received water from a distinctive source, The Loch Ness. The malts were acquired by using a Saladin Box until 1980.

They then transitioned from the Saladin Box to industrial maltings, since the costs were lower. Dava Moor was their main source for peat.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Distillers Company Limited
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Muirtown Basin, Merkinch, Inverness, Highland
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The first distillery was burned in 1849, a new one was constructed on the same site, with its own railway.

A big shopping mall and a parking lot lays on the distillery grounds today.

The distillery was first built on an old malt kiln.
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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