Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

  • Scotland
  • Best Visitor Attraction (Scottish Thistle Awards’ Regional Final), Visitor Attraction of the Year (Icons of Whisky Scotland 2018 Awards), Winner of the Best Scottish Visitor Attraction
Phone Number
  • +441887822010
  • Aberfeldy PH15 2EB, United Kingdom

Dewar's distillery entrance with sign in Aberfeldy, Scotland.

History of Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery


The Aberfeldy Distillery, founded by the sons of John Dewar in 1896, began its pursuit of whisky perfection in 1898. Located in Highland Perthshire, near the village of Aberfeldy, it was chosen for its natural water source, The Pitilie Burn, and its convenient transport links. 

The distillery, designed by Charles Doig, features a signature pagoda roof and was built as a homage to John Dewar’s birthplace, just three miles away in Dull. Aberfeldy Distillery is known for its logical design and efficient whisky production process. 

Today, it continues the Dewar family’s legacy, producing whisky with a honeyed-richness, a characteristic of Aberfeldy’s single malt, which also forms the heart of Dewar’s blend.

The distillery’s processes, including long fermentation in larch washbacks and distillation in tall pot stills, contribute to the distinctive flavor of Aberfeldy whisky, now popular as a single malt and a key component of America’s best-selling Scotch whisky.



Awards Won by Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery

  • Best Visitor Attraction (Scottish Thistle Awards’ Regional Final): Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery won this award at the regional final for Central East and Tayside. This recognition qualified them for the national final​​.
  • Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award (Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards): Acknowledging their outstanding contribution to tourism and leisure, the distillery was honored with this award​​.
  • Visitor Attraction of the Year (Icons of Whisky Scotland 2018 Awards): This award celebrated the distillery’s visitor experience as the best in the Scottish whisky industry​​.
  • Winner of the Best Scottish Visitor Attraction: This accolade highlights the distillery’s status as a premier destination for whisky enthusiasts and tourists​.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery Tour Information and Experience

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery offers a range of immersive experiences for whisky enthusiasts. Here’s an overview of the tours and experiences available:

Aberfeldy Tour (£15.00)

This tour includes an introduction to the Dewar’s story and craftsmanship, a guided tour of the Aberfeldy Single Malt Distillery, and a warehouse and blending experience. 

Participants enjoy a comparative tasting of Dewar’s and Aberfeldy 12-year-old whiskies, with an optional cask tasting. Sensible footwear is required, and tastings are for guests over 18 years.

Connoisseur Experience (£35.00)

This tour offers a deeper dive into the Dewar’s story and the craftsmanship behind Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 

It includes a guided tour, warehouse and blending experience, a taste from the cask, and a tutored sensory tasting of five whiskies across different ages. Participants receive a complimentary exclusive Glencairn tasting glass.

General Information

For groups larger than eight, advance booking is advised. Children under 18 are welcome on tours but cannot sample whisky. 

Multilingual options are available, with guides knowledgeable in various languages and printed guides in nine languages. The Heritage Centre self-guided tour is available in thirteen languages.

Visiting the Distillery

Located on the outskirts of Aberfeldy, the distillery is accessible by car, bus, or bike. Responsible drinking is promoted, with takeaway gifts offered to drivers as an alternative to a dram.

The distillery is also part of several bus routes, including Rabbies Trail Burners from Edinburgh and the Ring of Breadalbane circular route.

Flask & Barrel Review of Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery

Just got back from Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery and I gotta say, it was pretty impressive. I’ve been on my fair share of distillery tours, but this one stands out. I’m giving it a solid 4.7 out of 5.

First off, the location is stunning. Nestled in the heart of Scotland, the drive there was a treat in itself. When I arrived, the vibe was welcoming and the staff were super friendly. You can tell they’re passionate about what they do, which always makes a tour more enjoyable.

The tour kicked off with a deep dive into the history of Dewar’s. Their heritage exhibition is top-notch – it’s not just a bunch of old photos and text. They’ve got interactive elements and some really cool artifacts that paint a vivid picture of the Dewar’s legacy. For a whisky nerd like me, it was fascinating.

Now, the main event – the whisky itself. I’ve tasted a lot of whiskies in my time, and I have to say, Dewar’s has some seriously smooth drams. The tasting session was well-organized and informative. The guide was knowledgeable, not just rattling off scripted facts but really engaging with our group.

I also appreciated the variety of tours they offer. Whether you’re a casual fan or a hardcore collector, there’s something for everyone. I went for the Connoisseur Tour, and it did not disappoint. The selection of older, award-winning whiskies was a real treat.

The only thing stopping me from giving a full 5 stars? I guess I would’ve loved to see a bit more behind-the-scenes of the actual distilling process. But that’s just me being picky.

Overall, Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery is a must-visit for any whisky enthusiast. Great atmosphere, amazing whisky, and a team that clearly loves what they do. Highly recommend!

What To Do Nearby Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery

The Birks of Aberfeldy: Just a short distance from the distillery, this natural circular walk is a must-do. You’ll enjoy a beautiful hike up the steep gorge of the Moness, surrounded by majestic waterfalls and wildlife. It’s a great spot for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Aberfeldy Watermill: This charming water mill, transformed into a cultural hub and bookstore, is the perfect place to relax. With a café on-site, it’s ideal for a coffee break accompanied by delicious baked goods.

Highland Safaris: For an adventurous experience, Highland Safaris, located just a few miles west of Aberfeldy, offers various tours. Choose between Loch Tay, Mountain, or Forest safaris and enjoy breathtaking views of the Scottish landscape. The Forest Safari is particularly family-friendly.

Castle Menzies: Immerse yourself in history by visiting this 16th-century Scottish castle, once home to the Clan Menzies. The castle’s architecture and history are fascinating, making it a worthwhile visit for those interested in Scotland’s heritage.

The Scottish Crannog Centre: This unique reconstruction of an ancient loch-dwelling provides an intriguing glimpse into Scotland’s past. It’s an educational and interesting experience, especially for those curious about historical lifestyles.

Cluny House Gardens: Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the beauty of Cluny House Gardens. The gardens offer a peaceful escape and the chance to see a variety of plant species and wildlife.

Victoria Park: For a more relaxed day, Victoria Park is a great choice. It’s ideal for a leisurely stroll or a picnic, offering a lovely view and a quiet spot to unwind.

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier: A visit to this chocolatier is a treat for the senses. Known for their exquisite chocolates, it’s a perfect spot for those with a sweet tooth.

Birks Cinema: For movie lovers, the Birks Cinema offers a range of films in a cozy setting. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy some entertainment after a day of exploring.

Frequently Asked Questions

What restaurants are near Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery?

  • Checheks: It has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +447503706524. Their address is 7 The Square, Aberfeldy PH15 2DD, United Kingdom.
  • Schiehallion Bar & Restaurant: It has a rating of 4.6 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441887820421. Their address is 6 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy PH15 2AF, United Kingdom.
  • Must Eat: It has a rating of 4.0 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441887829300. Their address is 1 Bridge End, Aberfeldy PH15 2DF, United Kingdom. 

What hotels are near Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery?

  • Townhouse Aberfeldy: It has a rating of 4.8 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441887829995. Their address is Breadalbane Terrace, Aberfeldy PH15 2AG, United Kingdom.
  • Schiehallion Hotel: It has a rating of 4.4 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441887820421. Their address is 6 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy PH15 2AF, United Kingdom.
  • Moness Resort: It has a rating of 4.1 stars on Google Maps.
    For reservations, you can reach out to them on their phone at +441887822100. Their address is Crieff Rd, Aberfeldy PH15 2DY, United Kingdom.