If there is one thing you must do when you visit Scotland, it’s go on a distillery tour. On our NE250 road trip we visited Glenfarclas Distillery and it did not disappoint. There is even the option to taste the whisky at the end of the tour in the very unique tasting room.

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Complete Guide to Visiting Glenfarclas Distillery

Glenfarclas Distillery is a beautiful place to visit nestled in the Moray countryside. Whether you want to go and taste the whisky or even if your designated driver and just interested in the tour Glenfarclas Distillery is for you. In this guide we will discuss the following

  • What is Glenfarclas Distillery?
  • Where is Glenfarclas Distillery?
  • How to get to Glenfarclas Distillery?
  • Why Should I go to Glenfarclas Distillery?
  • When Should I go to Glenfarclas Distillery?
  • Preparing for your trip to the NE250.
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What is Glenfarclas Distillery?

Glenfarclas Distillery is one of the few family owned and managed distilleries in Scotland. It was established in 1836, when it was first given its licence, however there is evidence of it having started operations sometime before 1791. The distillery was bought by the Grant family in 1865 and it is currently run by descendants, the 5th and 6th generation of the family, and is truly family owned.
 
At Glenfarclas Distillery they create incredible Single Malt Scotch Whisky using the finest ingredients and traditional distillation methods.
 
Fun fact – Glenfarclas translates to valley of the green grass.
glenfarclas distillery processing room

Where is Glenfarclas Distillery?

Glenfarclas Distillery is located in Ballendalloch in the Moray region of the North East of Scotland. It is nestled beneath the hills where the snow cap from the mountains can be used as part of the distilling process.

When you arrive, look out for the beautiful cupola roof.

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How to get to Glenfarclas Distillery?

If you are travelling from Dufftown, follow the A941 road north and join the A95 heading westbound. You will see signs for Glenfarclas Distillery.

If you are travelling by public transport, the nearest train station to Glenfarclas Distillery are Glenfarclas Road End. Glenfarclas Distillery is around a 1km walk which takes around 14 minutes to walk.

The bus line that stops nearest to Glenfarclas Distillery is 366 and the nearest bus stop is around a 14 minute walk away. The first bus arrives near Glenfarclas at 10.11 and the last bus leaving from this area is at 15.29.

glenfarclas distillery visitor centre

Why Should I go to Glenfarclas Distillery?

Glenfarclas Distillery is well known for it’s sherried style smooth whisky. It was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to open a dedicated visitor centre in 1913 and the warm and welcoming staff invite you to look at the historical whiskys and accessories inside.

The knowledgable team will teach you about the distilling process whilst on the tour and show you inside one of the traditional dunnage warehouses where a number of the casks are maturing. In total there are 68,000 casks on site ranging between 10-40 years old.

After, you will be shown to the Ship’s Room for your tasting experience. The panelling from this room came from the RMS Empress of Australia. This ship was of historical importance in British history. Here you can enjoy a selection of whiskys

The Grant family aim to create the best quality Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style which they remain committed to.

Visiting Glenfarclas Distillery is one of the great things you can do on the NE250 road trip.

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When Should I go to Glenfarclas Distillery?

Glenfarclas Distillery is open Monday – Friday throughout the year and on Saturday’s from July – September. It is recommended that if you want to partake in a distillery you should book on as spaces fill up quick.

There is no best time in the year to visit Glenfarclas Distillery as the majority of the tour will be spent indoors.

glenfarclas distillery whisky

Before You Leave on the North East 250

Before you head off on your trip around the NE250, there are certain things you will need to get organised to ensure a smooth trip. These include how to get around the route, including being aware of single track roads, etc., what to pack for Scotland, where to stay along the route and what travel insurance to book.

How Do I Get Around the NE250?

Given the reasonably remote location of the NE250 and the majority of the sights along the route, the best way to get around this road trip is by driving. There are of course other methods that are still popular, such as cycling and hiking, however, if you have a short amount of time on the route, neither of these are very suitable.

As for public transport, this isn’t completely impossible, it is just a lot more difficult.

If you are looking to rent a cosy, reliable and luxurious campervan for your trip around the NE250, we highly recommend hiring through Bunk Campers. We toured with these guys around the up-and-coming Heart 200 road trip in Scotland’s central highlands and could not believe the comfort and customer service we experienced with their vans.

Browse the full range of vehicles on offer at Bunk Campers over here.

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What Should I Pack for the NE250?

When it comes to packing for a trip along the NE250 there is one item of clothing that you are going to need all year round: a waterproof. It rains in Scotland on average 250 days a year, meaning that during your 7-day NE250 road trip you will probably experience at least a drizzle of rain. Due to this, the number one item on any Scotland packing list is a good waterproof jacket.

As for the rest of the year, the temperature in Scotland and the central heartlands is reasonably mild for most of the year. During the winter months, you will most likely experience snow, however, temperatures usually sit around freezing, so it is not too cold. For your reference, the average temperatures in Scotland are listed below during each season.

Spring (March, April, May) – 5-10 degrees C

Summer (June, July, August) – 15 degrees C

Autumn (September, October, November) – 5-10 degrees C

Winter (December, January, February) – 0-5 degrees C

As you can see, the weather never really gets above the teens, with anything over 25 degrees C considered a heatwave. The best way to pack for your trip to the highlands is with layers that can be added and removed as you need them. You will definitely need a hat and gloves during the colder months and will most likely need sunscreen to protect you on the long days in the open.

For our full list of items that we pack no matter where we go in the world, check out our full packing guides over here.

Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you are no doubt going to see around Scotland, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.

You can read what else we keep in our camera bag over here.

Photography Equipment

Main Photography Camera – Sony A7iii Mirrorless Camera

Main Lens – Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM 

Zoom Lens – Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8

Camera Stand – Neewer Portable 177cm

Vlogging Camera – Sony HX90v

Action Camera – GoPro Hero 8 Black

Drone Camera – DJI Mavic Pro 2

Camera Bag – Lowepro Flipside 300 AW

Where Should I Stay in Aberdeen?

LuxuryResidence Inn by Marriott Aberdeen is a luxury hotel in the city of Aberdeen. It is within 20 minutes walk of the beach front and has free wifi, a gym and laundry facilities on site. The best things about this hotel might just be that it was rated highly for the comfort of the beds!

Book your stay at Residence Inn by Marriott Aberdeen here.

Mid-range – The Jurys Inn Aberdeen is located a stones throw away from the city centre shops, bars and restaurants. All rooms have air conditioning, a TV, hairdryer and most importantly, a comfortable bed.

Book your stay at the Jurys Inn Aberdeen here.

BudgetThe Station Hotel sits opposite the train station in Aberdeen and is a fantastic budget option for your trip to the city. Each room is equipped with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities as well as having it’s own private bathroom.

Book your stay at The Station Hotel here.

building in aberdeen city centre

What is the Best Travel Insurance?

No matter what type of adventure you are heading on, whether it is a mountain adventure or a relaxing beach destination, one thing we all need to be aware of is that accidents can happen. The last thing you want is for an unexpected medical emergency to ruin your trip of a lifetime. Luckily, that is what travel insurance is for.

Whenever we travel abroad, we get covered with World Nomad’s Travel Insurance, a reliable, friendly and extremely affordable method of covering yourself on any adventure. With years of experience working for backpackers around the globe, the service they provide is perfect for whatever type of trip you have planned.

Get covered for your next trip and get a quote from World Nomad’s right here.

So there you have it, a guide to visiting Glenfarclas Distillery. If you have visited the NE250 recently, did you go to Glenfarclas Distillery? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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