Visitors to Speyside in the northeast of Scotland are now able to look round the Macallan Distillery again. This summer (2021), the respected whisky producer has reopened its doors and begun accepting bookings from the public.The Macallan became one of Scotland’s respected and iconic scotch whisky labels thanks to the distillers’ craftsmanship and mastery of their art. Fortunately, this rich heritage is available for guests to see first-hand again with a tour of the building and, if they wish, the estate’s grounds.
Set in a picturesque landscape on a plateau above the River Spey, the estate extends to 485 acres. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the tree-lined fields and heather-clad slopes from the distillery itself. Alternatively, those interested in exploring can opt to take a guided stroll with the Macallan’s Ghillie, the guardian of this stretch of river. Naturally, the lush environment and verdant forests form a beautiful habitat for a diverse range of wildlife species, too.
Brasserie and Boutique
If the fresh air works up an appetite, guests can have lunch or dine in Elchie’s Brasserie, which serves freshly cooked dishes based on seasonal produce. Later, to complete the visit, the Macallan boutique sells limited single malt selections of the amber spirit, along with a carefully curated variety of gift ideas.
Admission fees start at £50 per person, depending on the type of experience selected. According to information published on the company website, staff also offer the possibility of organising exclusive events and designing tailor-made experiences.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Macallan’s highly-trained employees are keen to provide a warm welcome in safe conditions. Precautions include enhanced cleaning and social distancing.
Such is the company’s commitment to safety that the Automobile Association has awarded the estate’s visitor centre its COVID Confidence status. Additionally, the Macallan has received accreditation under the We’re good to go scheme, developed by a partnership comprising VisitScotland, VisitEngland, VisitWales and Tourism Northern Ireland.
Checks include compliance with health and hygiene protocols and guidelines. Throughout the UK, the green tick logo is on display at participating visitor attractions, accommodation, restaurants and pubs, in addition to tour and coach operators.
Intending visitors can book a visit to the Macallan distillery by email (estate@theMacallan.com) or via its informative website.
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