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Five Stars for The Cairn Distillery

The Cairn Distillery, owned by family business, Gordon & MacPhail, and located just outside Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, has been awarded a Five Star Attraction accreditation by VisitScotland.

The team at VisitScotland were particularly impressed by the welcome and attentiveness of staff, the tour, and the overall experience, all scoring exceedingly high and earning The Cairn a spot on VisitScotland’s prestigious list of Five Star Attractions across the country. 

With magnificent views of its stunning location, visitors can choose from a selection of immersive experiences when planning their trip.  Guests can choose to embark on three different tours, The Explorer, The Adventurer and The Voyager, all of which take them on a journey to discover how our experience, unique location, sense of community, and environment inspire the distillery’s approach to Scotch whisky.

Each tour culminates in a whisky tasting in The Discovery Room. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the room provides a stunning backdrop for visitors as they taste the future today: blended malt whiskies created to give a sense of notes, flavours and aromas that will be seen in the character of single malts that will be released from The Cairn Distillery in the 2030s.

Food is also exclusively available at The Gathering to those who take a tour.  Offering tapas-style plates of the finest Scottish produce, The Gathering has also been awarded by VisitScotland, a ‘Taste Our Best’ certification to recognise and celebrate our locally sourced, high-quality food and drink offering.

Susan Colville, Senior Visitor Experience Manager, said; ‘To be recognised as one of the top visitor attractions in the country by being awarded five stars by Visit Scotland in our first operational year having opened in 2022 is a fantastic achievement. Having secured such a beautiful location overlooking the river Spey, we wanted to ensure the distillery complements the majesty of the landscape, every detail of The Cairn Distillery has been considered to create a remarkable structure that is reflective of its environment. Together, the team has crafted a truly unique experience which leaves guests feeling inspired. I’m thrilled at what we have achieved so far and excited to see what the future holds.’

Tickets for the Explorer and Adventurer Experiences can be booked online at Those wishing to go the extra mile and enjoy the Voyager Experience should email [email protected] or call 01479 816543 and arrangements will be made to their specific requirements, subject to availability.

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