Cardhu Distillery

The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as "silky" and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends.

Cardhu Distillery nestles in a picturesque setting in the heart of Speyside. Speyside is known all over the world as whisky country. The Cardhu distillery which is the only distillery started by a women, really does stand out from all the other distilleries in the Speyside area. The light character of our 12yr old Cardhu is an excellent starting point for anyone starting on their whisky journey and our new additions to the family the Cardhu 15 and 18yr offer flavours for those for that are looking for something a little more complex. The Cardhu range of whiskies are an excellent representation of a Speyside whisky and are enjoyed by people in a variety of countries.

Cardhu is also part of the world famous Malt Whisky Trail which is an essential tool for any tourist wishing to visit a whisky distillery in the Speyside area. The Malt Whisky Trail offers visitors the opportunity to plan and visit distilleries in Speyside and include many of the most famous brands including Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Strathilsa, Benromach to name a few and also include the Speyside Cooperage which is the only visitor centre in the UK which allows visitors to see the coopers at work.

Cardhu is not only a world renowned brand in itself but also has a very close connection to Johnnie Walker. Johnnie Walker is the biggest selling blended whisky in the world and Cardhu is the spiritual home of Johnnie Walker in Speyside. A visit to Cardhu will allow visitors to learn about the history between these incredible brands. The visitor centre also stocks a wide range of Johnnie Walker products for purchase.

The surrounding area has an abundance of lovely B&B’s, hotels and restaurants and is only a very short walk from the beautiful Cardhu Country House and only a 10 minute drive from the Archiestown hotel. The villages of Craigellachie and Aberlour have a wide selection of pubs and restaurants offering great Scottish produce and also a vast selection of whiskies.

A drive to Cardhu from Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey, Inverness or even Aberdeen will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery and will make your journey to us all the more worthwhile.

A visit to Cardhu and to Speyside really is a whisky lovers dream.

Opening Times

December 2017

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm

Open all month apart from the following dates:
Closed - Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th December


January 2018 – March 2018

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Open from the 3rd of January


April  – September 2018

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday - 11am – 4pm


October – December 2018

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm


The last tour is 1 hour before closing unless otherwise stated. 

 Closed Tuesday 22nd December 2015 and re-open on Monday 4th January 2016

During October we carry out annual maintenance.  The visitor centre will remain open conducting tutored nosing and tastings. If you would like to take a tour of the distillery please call in advance to check availability. 

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Cardhu Distillery

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