art of distilling

Visits by Appointment

Sandy Jamieson- Distillery Manager

Distillery manager Sandy Jamieson

A Unique Visit and Tasting at Speyside Distillery by Appointment.

This picturesque private distillery in Glen Tromie is open by appointment only for limited, small numbers of guests to visit with the Distillery Manager, Sandy Jamieson.

Artisan distilled – the whisky from Speyside still relies on aged hand-crafting skills for a quality product which Sandy refers to as “the traditional art of distilling”

The distillery visit starts in the old mill with its original water wheel. The original lade is now used for the distillery water supply from the Tromie River, one of the water sources for the River Spey itself. This is a true Speyside location.

The newer distillery building was hand built – stone by stone – by Alex Fairlie and had its first distillation in December 1990. It shows the visitor the full distilling process under one roof.

The Octave room features the Harvey’s of Edinburgh family heritage from the 1800’s to present day, including the now famous Whisky Galore story.

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.

The distillery was also used in the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen as their local ‘Lagganmore’ distillery.

How to Book


Alternatively, please leave us a message on 01540 661716 and we will call you back.

If you have a larger group please call us in the first instance.


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.