Lovely Glengoyne Distillery – just 14 miles from Glasgow city centre – dates back to 1820s. It has its personal waterfall, tends to make exquisite single malt whisky, and runs outstanding distillery and tasting tours all year round. It is 1 of the most effective points to do in Glasgow.
Glengoyne Distillery is a uncommon issue certainly. Not only is it 1 of the handful of distilleries left in Scotland that has a 100% independent ownership, it is also 1 of the easiest to get to.
Just 30 minutes from the city centre, this attractive hillside distillery really should unquestionably be on your list when you appear for points to do in Glasgow.
From our hotel on Argyle Street, our Uber driver zoomed by means of the busy Glasgow streets till the rocky hills of the countryside north of the city marched towards us.
In that 14-mile drive, we enjoyed the entertaining of a bit of Glaswegian banter. Our driver was a die-challenging Celtic fan. But his son had managed to get into the Rangers’ youth team… does nae get worse than that!
Anytime we travel, we really like obtaining ideas from the persons who reside exactly where we’re going to. There’s normally a secret spot to uncover. But when we asked him for points to do in Glasgow, his very first answer was to head to the islands of the west coast!
Amongst these is the legendary Isle of Islay exactly where the most effective smoky peated scotch whisky comes from. I’d really like to go there 1 day, but for the moment we have been a lot more interested in this character’s hometown. Following additional pressing, we got some gems out of him, like this trip to Loch Lomond.
For now, here’s the lowdown on this Lowlands distillery.
Tucked away from the road, the glimmering white gable of Glengoyne peers out from the greenery of Dumgoyne Hill. This hill and its hidden glen are the purpose this distillery is right here at all.
The ideal hiding spot from the excisemen hoping to catch the old-time bootleggers, Glengoyne’s founding father George Connell began Burnfoot Farm in the recesses of the hill. The waterfall that problems from the rock right here has fed the distillery from the starting as well.
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Booking a tour of the distillery will give you so a lot a lot more than if you just come right here, go to the shop and leave. There are a handful of tour choices to opt for from. You can just have the rapid 45-minute Glengoyne Tour that requires you about the facility to find out about the history of the spot and how the whisky’s created.
Like with all the tours, you also get a dram of the distillery’s 12-year-old whisky at the starting.
The day we have been there, every person (apart from us) had booked the Wee Tasting Tour, remembering that ‘wee’ signifies ‘small’ in Scotland. With this tour, your guide requires you round the facility following your 12yo welcome dram.
Then at the finish of the hour, back at the shop, you get to attempt the Glengoyne 18-year-old whisky.
You can see a lot more and book tours of Glengoyne Distillery right here.
I definitely wanted to attempt a couple a lot more whiskies and find out a lot more about the distillery whilst we have been right here, so we booked the Gold Medal Parade 90-minute tour. We have been shocked that we have been the only ones taking this tour on the day, but we’re so glad we did.
The drams we have been to attempt on our tour have won seven business gold medals amongst them, therefore the tour’s name.
Following the welcome 12-year-old dram and a rapid video on the history to the distillery, we all went behind the scenes to see the mashtuns and washbacks in action. The tour went on by means of to the area of copper stills exactly where the whisky ‘beer’ is distilled, concentrated and turned into spirit.
In the old barley kiln – now 1 of the whisky aging homes – our outstanding guide, Arthur showed us the distinction that the aging method has on the whisky in distinct wood more than 30 years.
You can also see in the show the effects of what’s named the ‘angel’s share’ – the quantity of whisky you shed each and every year it is in the barrel due to absorption and evaporation.
In Scotland, about two% is lost each and every year.
The angel’s share in Australian distilleries is a lot more like five% due to the fact of the hotter climate – although I’ve heard it to be as higher as 30%.
The Glengoyne tasting
Back at the distillery shop, Arthur offers us all a sample of the Glengoyne 18-year-old – a complete-bodied however fresh whisky. For every person else, this was the finish of the tour. For us it was just the starting.
We followed Arthur out of the shop, down the path and by means of a tiny front garden. He was taking us into the Distiller’s Cottage – a attractive tiny stone home with comfy sofas, sophisticated wooden furnishings and, of course, a replete drinks cabinet.
Into our Glengoyne Glencairn glasses, which have been ours to hold by the way, Arthur then poured a dram of the 21-year-old whisky. You can definitely taste the age of this drink – a wealthy, deep colour, fruity and bold, the sherry casks this whisky was aged in have carried out an astounding job.
Ultimately, Arthur tipped a taste of the Glengoyne Cask Strength for us. The signature fruit-forward flavours of the house’s whisky are set alight by the larger 59.eight% alcohol. This is a lively whisky, with a extended finish and a fantastic balance.
Just before we leave although, Arthur has a surprise for us. Due to the fact of an earlier technical glitch with the video, the distillery generously added in an further tasting for us. Arthur proudly presented the 25-year-old Glengoyne – a £300 bottle of whisky.
This deep mahogany whisky is so smooth thanks to the quarter of a century spent on oak. Soft woody notes, brown sugar and red berries, leather and spice all come by means of, and the extended finish leaves you feeling warm and incredibly happy.
How to get household from Glengoyne Distillery
We hadn’t definitely planned as far ahead as obtaining back into town. As we stared at the lonely road that stretched previous the distillery and disappeared into the green hills beyond, we created a discovery. There is a direct bus service from the distillery back to Glasgow! The 10 runs previous Glengoyne all the way back to Buchanan Bus Station in the city and requires about an hour.
In truth, Glengoyne even has a sign up with bus timetables and even numbers for nearby taxi firms – although we took the bus selection.
You see, the most effective issue about the bus ride is it is a double-decker. Sitting on the prime deck offers you views of the attractive green landscape and the tiny stone-constructed villages you pass by means of. Plus, Christina normally loves becoming up higher!
A thing unique about Glengoyne Distillery
Although you are waiting for your bus, make confident you cross the road (meticulously) and verify out the Glengoyne warehouses. These are bonded regions so you cannot go in. But this is exactly where all the whisky you have just attempted has lived for years, obtaining older and tastier.
Standing there also signifies you have crossed a geographical marker from the Lowlands into the Scottish Highlands. This signifies Glengoyne is the only distillery in the globe that tends to make a Lowlands spirit but produces a Highlands whisky!
And as you appear additional afield from the warehouses, you can see the wetlands the distillery produced in 2011. The 15,000 plants from 20 distinct species act as a recycling facility for the distillery’s spent lees – the liquid from the second distillation. It is a good price-saver for the organization but also a new habitat. And also a meadow of wildflowers.
The view additional away from the warehouses and wetlands requires your eye to the wilderness and grandeur of the Trossachs National Park.
Dumgoyne close to Killearn
Glasgow, G63 9LB
Worth each and every penny and each and every minute, going to and touring Glengoyne Distillery really should be on anyone’s itinerary spending time in Glasgow. You have been warned although: it will make you want you lived a lot closer.
This was not a media-primarily based encounter. We visited Glengoyne on our personal dollar and volition.