The Art of Distilling

Sandy Jamieson- Distillery Manager

Distillery manager Sandy Jamieson

This picturesque private distillery in Glen Tromie is open by appointment only for limited, small numbers of guests to enjoy some exclusive tours and tastings with the Distillery Manager Sandy Jamieson.

A small, hand-built, artisan distillery nestled amongst the foothills of the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains… still hand distilling in the time honoured traditions.

Artisan distilled – the single malt whisky from Speyside still relies on aged, hand-crafting skills for a quality whisky

Relish how our artists use their colour palette of gold, cream and copper in our SPEY whisky to create

Taste – the unique palates of the Speyside Distillery Red line, Royal Blue and Black whiskies.

The distillery visits starts and ends in the old croft mill with it’s 200 year old water wheel and lade which is now the distillery’s water supply. The water is fed from the Tromie River – one of the first tributaries of the river Spey. The newer distillery building was built, stone by stone – by the hand of Alex Fairlie over 2 decades. It’s first distillation commenced in December 1990, and it offers visitors a full distilling process under one roof.

Our heritage room features the Harvey’s of Edinburgh family history dating from the 1770’s to present day, including the Harvey’s Codex, links to Lord Byron, The Battle of Balaclava and the now famous Whisky Galore story.

Visitors will be offered a private viewing of the wildlife collection of our Artist in residence, Joanna McDonough at our unique Speyside Distillery Gallery. The distillery was also used in the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen as their local ‘Lagganmore distillery’


Joanna McDonough- Artist in Residence

Joanna McDonough
Visitors will be given a private viewing of work by Artist in Residence, Joanna McDonough at our unique onsite Speyside Distillery Gallery.

Relocating to the Cairngorm Mountains in the Highlands of Scotland, Joanna has set up her own print studio, and is now inspired by local wildlife and landscape surrounding the Speyside Distillery, the River Spey and the Cairngorms. Using silk screens she mono prints the background colours then using the traditional method of pen and ink she creates unique one off wildlife drawings/prints. The Speyside Distillery Gallery now hosts many of Joanna’s artworks and can be seen by appointment only.

As Artist in Residence at the Speyside Distillery Joanna has undertaken many private projects including the Spirit of Speyside Festival in 2015. She has a forthcoming exhibition at  the Saatchi Gallery during the 2016 Start Exhibition.


How to Book

Visits are by prior appointment only

Prices start from £20 to include a tour and 3 SPEY single malt whisky tastings.

We may, on occasion, be able to accommodate requests for more bespoke packages – food and whisky pairings, meeting facilities and light refreshments.

Payment may be requested at time of booking.


Telephone: 01540 661716 – Please leave a message and we will call you back.


How to Find Us


From Kingussie (5 minute drive) heading out past the railway station on the B970 and head towards Ruthven Barracks (famous local landmark ). Continue on the B970 for 2-3km towards Insh. The distillery entrance is on your left opposite the road to Drumuish.

From Kincraig (10 minute drive) on the B970 through Insh. 3.5km to the distillery, the entrance road is on your right.The distillery is 200m down a single track.


Regular services run from Glasgow / Edinburgh /

Perth / Inverness / Newtonmore and Aviemore

to Kingussie.

Local Taxis can be pre-booked from the station to the distillery – telephone 01540 667066



From the town of Kingussie (about 5 minutes drive), head past the railway station across the level crossing on the B970, and head towards Ruthven Barracks (famous local landmark – very easy to spot).

Continue on the B970 past the barracks and follow the road approx 2-3km, heading towards the village of Insh (the road gets very narrow as it goes into the woodland). You will come to a tight left truing just over a bridge, the distillery is very close!

Keep your eyes open for the sign to the village of Drumguish (a turning on your right). Immediately opposite this turning is the entrance to ‘Speyside Distillery’ – the distillery is about 200m down the track.

If you reach the village of Insh then you’ve gone to far, so will need to turn around and head back towards Kingussie.

From Kincraig (about 10 minutes drive) take the road towards Insh village and continue on for 3.5km and you will see a small sign on your left for Drumguish – the distillery entrance is immediately opposite this turning on your right.

The distillery is about 200m down the track. If you pass the distillery and come to a sharp right turning over a small bridge then you have gone too far.