Auchterarder House is located close to many wonderful distilleries which guests often enjoy visiting. It must be stressed that a lot of distilleries are like big smelly factories and not that glamorous but we can suggest the better ones to visit and some really lay on an excellent visitor experience. Those with a casual interest can usually sign up for a 45-60 minute tour, whereas the afficionados can take much longer 2-3 hour tours. All will end in a tasting and an opportunity to stock up on a few bottles of ‘Scottish water’.
Aberfeldy Distillery is a working distillery that houses one of Scotland’s best whisky heritage visitor centres and which is located on the edge of the pretty highland town of Aberfeldy. You can learn about making single malt whisky and the art of blending, as well as about the Dewar family, who started it all in the 19th century. A personal favourite is Edradour Distillery which sits in a lovely spot above the town of Pitlochry. Established in 1825, the distillery is renowned for being the smallest and prettiest in Scotland. The tour guides are excellent and they can lay on really fun tastings in their visitor centre.
Blair Athol Distillery Established in 1798 is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, producing the signature malt of the best- selling Scotch in Britain. Strathearn Distillery is Scotland’s newest micro-distillery and probably also the smallest commercial distillery. It offers many different experiences, maybe a simple tour of the farm- based distillery or a day spent distilling, an afternoon making and drinking gin, right up to the ultimate experience of becoming a member of the Strathearn Distiller’s Club.
Dalwhinnie Distillery built in 1897 is the highest distillery in Scotland and located in the Cairngorm National Park and just off the A9. The Dalwhinnie (15 year old) single malt scotch whisky is a gentle spirit and a tour of the distillery has an original end with a taste of 4 Single malt whiskys paired with specially selected handmade Iain Burnett chocolates. Just minutes from the house is Tullibardine Distillery, which was built in 1949 and produces single malt whisky. A distillery visit can often be combined with golf or another activity. For instance just 8 miles away from the Old Course at St Andrews is the Kingsbarns Distillery, built only a decade or so ago, they have an excellent visitor centre & restaurant and make a delicious lowland malt. Whatever your preference, we can guide you towards the best distilleries.
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Auchterarder House is fantastically located in the heart of Scotland and guests can access all these activities with ease. Some are virtually on your doorstep whilst others are all within an hour’s drive. The roads within central Scotland are excellent and some are dual carriage way (just be careful of the speed cameras). Sat Nav works well in most areas and we can provide directions/maps as required.
Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow are also within an hour away and it’s fun to leave the main roads when possible to explore the countryside and get up into the hills. Even these smaller roads are generally well sign posted and you shouldn’t get lost but even if you do, that’s part of the fun! You might come across a little country inn where you can stop for a wee dram and you will definitely come across some amazing views!
Accommodation for 20 people in 10 double ensuite bedrooms including one ground floor bedroom with fully disabled bathroom. Four of the very large bedrooms each have sofa beds for children if needed.
There is additional staff accommodation available in the Front Lodge.
Drawing room, library, dining room, inner hall, reception hall, cinema room, gym, sauna, shoot room, conservatory & billiard room.
Electric gates offer a high level of security to the property, which is surrounded by high trees and shrubbery, so very private.
20 acres of beautifully kept gardens and grounds, including a barbecue area.
A charming lochan (Scottish for small lake) stocked with brown trout. Guests are welcome to try their luck with a fishing rod.
Glasgow and Edinburgh International Airports under 1 hours drive away.