Distillery is beautifully situated at the base of
Dumgoyne Hill just south of Killearn and only 30 minutes
from Glasgow and 60 minutes from Edinburgh by car.
Because of its accessibility Glengoyne is a well-visited
distillery during the tourist season. Glengoyne is the
southernmost Highland distillery and in fact lies right
on the line separating the Highlands from the Lowlands.
Glengoyne means ‘glen of the wild goose’.
The distillery began its existence as an illicit
distillery and was the only distillery in the area to be
licensed under the 1823 Act of Parliament, although
Glenguin as it was called at the time did not receive
its licence until 1833. The distillery was also named
Burnfoot Distillery for a time but the Lang Brothers Ltd
changed the name back to Glenguin when they bought the
distillery in 1876. The ‘Glengoyne’ spelling was
introduced in 1905. The distillery was renovated and
expanded in 1965 when the Lang Brothers were taken over
by Robertson & Baxter.
Glengoyne only use air-dried malt and is thus completely
unpeated. This gives it a character more similar to a
Lowland whisky than a traditional Highland whisky.
draw their water from a source at the Dumgoyne Hill. The
water has filtered through the hill for up to 40 years
and comes out clear and soft. Glengoyne have bought
their barley malted since 1910 to preserve the space.
They are using the Golden Promise barley (the same as
e.g. Macallan). The malted barley is heated with hot air
only which results in a totally unpeated malt.
The mash tun is made from stainless steel and holds 15
tons. The six washbacks are made from traditional Oregon
pine and each hold 19 000 litres. Glengoyne use three
stills, one larger onion shaped wash still which holds
15 000 litres and two smaller spirit stills of the
boiling ball model with a capacity of 3 500 litres each.
The two spirit stills were installed in 1990 to replace
two unusual stills which had straight sides.
The whisky is filled into sherry and bourbon casks which
are stored on site. Bottling is done in Glasgow. The
annual output at Glengoyne is 1.5 million litres.
Dumgoyne, Near Killearn, Glasgow
Visitors: Open all year round. Opening hours
Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12am-4pm. Guided tours
start on the hour, admission is £4.50. The Glengoyne
gift shop is called the ‘Glengoyne Slainte Mhath Shop’
and is located inside the oldest warehouse on site
dating back to 1833. The shop has a fine selection of
books, whisky, glassware foods and a rage of
collectables. Apart from the official bottlings the shop
also offers a selection of limited edition Single Casks
and Special Vintages.
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