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Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William

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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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  • Film of the history, then a tour of the distillery, the member of staff was knowledgeable on the process, answering any questions. The taster of whiskey (included in the price) was warming on a chilly...  more »
  • A little gem off the beaten track. Fraser our guide was witty and hospitable. Great sampling after the tour. Thank you!!!  more »
  • Since getting here I wanted to visit this place and yesterday we did. I wanted to take the tour but there was n't one until an hour later so then we figured let's just buy a glass of whisky and taste ...  more »
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  • Very long .... absolutely no service.... they are overcrowded with no attention for customers.... in a word, do NOT GO THERE!!!
  • lovely place, but not the one from top ten distilleries in Scotland. it's worth seeing.
  • Did the guided tour last week with a tour group. The guides were knowledgeable and seemed quite content with their work. The smells of the Distillery were strange but expected with their ingredients. Capping off the tour with a sample of their whiskey was great. I'm not a whiskey drinker but it really was a nice sample with a smooth finish. Nice place with wonderful scenery. Don't forget to see the Hielan' Coos outside. :)
  • Poor tour compared to other distilleries, payed for a detailed your online and hot a basic one.
  • A classic distillery producing a fabulous single malt.

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Where to stay in Fort William

A B&B along the high street provides access to pubs and cultural life. However, luxury hotels set among idyllic countryside are outside the city center. Consider a stay inside a refurbished historical building at one of the handful of guesthouses. less expensive lodging is also available in scenic areas within walking distance of the high street, or main street.
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