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Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William

Categories: Distilleries, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
2.2/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
Ben Nevis Distillery is a distillery in Scotland that distills Ben Nevis 10 year old and Ben Nevis 21 year old whisky. The distillery is located at Lochy Bridge in Fort William and sits just at the base of its namesake, Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain, 4,406 feet above sea level. A coastal distillery in the Western Highlands, Ben Nevis draws its water from the Allt a’Mhuilinn which originates from two pools, Coire Leis and Coire na’Ciste. The distillery was founded in 1825 by 'Long John' McDonald, a 6ft 4in descendant of a ruler of the western Scottish kingdom of Argyll (for whom the renowned blended Scotch Long John was named). After Long John's death in 1856, ownership was passed down to Donald McDonald, his son.A second distillery was sited nearby in 1878 and named Nevis Distillery. In a bid to keep up with growing demand, both distilleries eventually became one in the early twentieth century. In 1955 the distillery was taken over by new proprietors with Joseph Hobbs in the driving seat. Under Hobb's ownership, the distillery joined the ranks of those experimenting with continuous distillation, installing a Coffey Still which remained on the site for twenty-six years and made this distillery one of the first to produce malt and grain whisky simultaneously. The Japanese company Nikka (Japan) acquired the distillery in 1989. The heart of the range has been, for some time, the ten year-old. There have also been a few cask-finishes, limited editions and independent bottlings, notably from Blackadder and Douglas Laing. In 1991, a visitor centre was opened for tourists in the area, particularly those travelling to the rocky peak above the distillery.
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  • Initially you think this is a resonably priced distillery tour - at a fiver seems like a bargain to while away an hour...but the tour was very short. Video was broken, the guide vaguely answered quest...  read more »
  • teh tour was cheap really and the young lad who took us round know the facts and was able to any questions posed for the 5 ounds entry fee it was worth it as you get avoucher for money off in the shop...  read more »
  • The distillery is a bit out of town but clearly within walking distance of town. Call and make a reservation for the tour you want. The do a nicely done informative tour with a tasting at the end. 
  • Brilliant tour guide, must be a new guy judging by some of the reviews? Very knowledgeable about every part of the process. We found the tour just long enough, funny and a great chance to try the whisky you've learnt about. We even purchased a bottle! Would definitely recommend.
  • Me and my fiancee went on the executive tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, however the experience was incredibly overpriced and for that reason I couldn't recommend it. The Ben Nevis whiskys are very good and I would recommend any whisky lover try the range.
  • Very rushed tour worst whisky iv tasted aswell if you want a good tour go to dalwhinnie
  • I called the distillery today at 12 to see if there was a tour available, which I was advised there was. We then drove for 2 hours and on arrival was told that there was a tour at 4 but because it was the end of the week there was not much to see. When asking John if we should not bother coming back I was told 'You are listening to me but not hearing what I'm telling you'. We were treated in a very hostile manner and did not go back for the tour. If the tours are only worth seeing at a certain time of the week either advise on the website or make customers aware in a kinder manner and preferably before spending half the day driving across Scotland.
  • The Tour The Guy kinda didn't know what he was doing but the whisky is OK but I'd rather go to My house to play my PS4 and play destiny
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