Visit Annandale Distillery – A Spirit Reborn – Scotch Whisky News

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Visit Annandale Distillery




– A Spirit Reborn

The rebirth of Annandale Distillery and its transformation into a 21st century whisky-making centre and visitor attraction is Dumfries and Galloway’s most ambitious tourism story.

The historic distillery has been through 3 whisky-making eras and a period when it was used in farming. It was formerly a Johnny Walker distillery which closed in 1918. Following an extensive restoration project, Annandale Distillery was reborn in 2014, with production starting on 3rd November. Once again Single Malt Scotch Whisky is being produced in Dumfries and Galloway after almost a 100 year absence. Visitors to the distillery can gain a deeper insight in to its  fascinating past and the whisky-making process by taking a tour, classic tours (priced £8.50) run on the hour 10am – 4pm daily, 7 days a week. Restoration Tours and a Distillery Manager’s Tour are also available. A tour with Distillery Owner, Professor David Thomson is available by special arrangement at certain times of the year. Visitors can be among the first to taste the New Make Malt Spirit, now available for sale in striking black Tam o’ Shanter-inspired miniature and 20cL bottles. Annandale Distillery will produce 2 styles of whisky – smoky peaty ‘Man o’ Sword’ and smooth, fruity, unpeated ‘Man o’ Words’, honouring 2 of Scotland’s most iconic figures, Robert The Bruce and Robert Burns – both with strong ties to the Annandale area.

Casks are now available for sale.

An excursion to Annandale Distillery would not be complete without a stop off at the spectacular Visitor Centre which incorporates The Maltings Coffee Shop and Retail Space. Bursting with character, this building, as the name suggests, was originally used as The Maltings of the distillery. Visitors can relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere and handcrafted furnishings in this very special space. A host of delicious specialities are served throughout the day using carefully selected local produce. The Maltings Coffee Shop boasts a vast whisky selection, local craft beers and ciders. Alongside speciality coffees, visitors can enjoy a selection of loose leaf Scottish grown and blended teas including Ginger Chai, Rose Petal, Earl Grey and Blue Flower, served in unique cast iron teapots.

Children will enjoy selecting from a ‘Wee Rascals’ menu. The incorporation of local cultural knowledge has played an important part in the rebirth of Annandale Distillery, its branding is a tribute to Annan’s rich maritime history and shipbuilding heritage, with the ‘A’ of Annandale in the image of a billowing ship’s sail. Between 1830 and 1930 over 2.5 million people emigrated from Scotland, many of them leaving from Annan and other Solway ports. The Retail Space is brimming with beautiful ‘Made In Scotland’ gifts, plus a striking collection of Annandale Distillery branded clothing and accessories.


Open 7 Days a Week. Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Join A Tour, Hourly 10am – 4pm. Coaches by Appointment. Gift Vouchers Available

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2015 production

Unpeated: £2100 Peated: £2300

Price list for limited 2014 production casks available on request; Terms and conditions apply


Annandale Distillery, Northfield,
Annan, dg12 5ll Scotland
+44 (0) 1461 207817 l

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