Ben Nevis Distillery
Ben Nevis Distillery
3.5
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
About
Ben Nevis Distillery has been crafting Scottish whisky at the foot of Britain's highest mountain since 1825. We invite you to take a distillery tour and sample our selection of whiskies. Advance booking for tours is essential, and bookings can be made via email or phone. Please note that children under 5 are not permitted on tour, and no dogs except guide dogs are permitted in the Visitor Centre or on tour. Please note that due to Scottish licensing laws, our bar and shop open at 10am. Last entry is 15 mins before closing time.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Andy G
    Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cracking experience
    Just completed the distillery tour with Innes as our guide. Picked the right time to go as the distillery is undergoing maintenance so we got to see all areas. Brilliant experience with very informative and attentive staff. Hospitality was brilliant and would highly recommend.
    Thanks for leaving such a kind review. We are glad to hear you had a great time and enjoyed your tour. We will pass on your thanks to Innes.
    Written 30 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Kevin D
    Binfield, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative tour
    Really enjoyed this tour. Plenty of information and things to see. Not suitable for children or wheel chairs. Worth the £12 to enjoy this 1 hour tour. Cafe available in the bar afterwards. Please like if this helped
    Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and wish you a pleasant onward journey.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Virgred
    Lome, Togo
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whisky at glance!
    A tiny craft distillery where Carol, our tour guide, lead you through the 4 stages of the Scotch Whisky production. It ends with a testing of local produced Scotch Whiskies. Unfortunately only on red could be night at place. An quick interesting discovery of a local produced product. Thank!
    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and wish you a pleasant onwards journey.
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Davina S
    United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whisky-licious tour!
    Be sure to book in advance as tours sell out quickly. We arrived and were met by our friendly and informative guide Brian who really made our visit special. Brian was full of facts about the history of the factory, the local area and the distilling process. We had a great time and got to try a blended whisky and a 12 year traditional whisky. Great value for £12.
    Thank you for leaving a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your tour with Brian and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels.
    Written 21 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 August 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!!
    I have been to loads of distillery tours, brewery tours, wineries....and expected much of the same. NO! Innes gave a brilliant tour, the best I've been on. Very clear, very informative and so friendly and happy to answer all of our questions. I don't even like whisky but after his instructions at the tasting I actually enjoyed the first one! Would recommend and make sure you're on Innes' tour :)
    Thanks so much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your kind words to Innes. We are glad you enjoyed the whisky and we hope to see you again!
    Written 28 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • ambrogiowilliam
    London, United Kingdom
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing Visit
    I was part of a large group that went on a Tour, The tour guides were very good and gave a good tour. However when it came to tasting at the end of the tour there was very little whisky to be tasted and one of the whiskies was only available to buy as a miniature. There was also very little whisky you could buy
    Thank you for your review. We completely acknowledge the lack of selection in the shop. We are working urgently with the upper distillery management to rectify this.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 10 September 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cracking tour on a chilly October morning!
    Tom took us on a brilliant tour of the distillery last week. It was fascinating seeing the whisky making process from start to finish. Tom really knows his stuff and was able to answer all our nerdy chemistry questions! Finished off the tour with a taste of the delicious ten year old and a bottle to take away. Definitely recommend a visit here, and a tour too you have time, well worth it.
    Thank you so much for your kind review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you had a great time with Tom. We'll pass on your thanks to him and hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around the Highlands.
    Written 30 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 October 2023
  • KenPBATH
    Bath, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour.
    Over the years have done many distillery and brewery tours. On our last day in Scotland had a tour here. My wife had suffered a fall so stayed in the cafe and enjoyed a coffee with others who did not take pert in the tour. She enjoyed this. We had a younger member to guide us as our party was split into two. A very nice amble around the site and our guide was very informative and pleasant and made his information interesting and not overly detailed as I have found previously. A really enjoyable tour and free samples in the cafe afterwards. There was a good selection of food/drink in the cafe and of course the chance to buy whiskey.
    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad you had a good time at the distillery and hope you have a safe journey home.
    Written 3 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whiskey tasting
    Brian was a very knowledgeable tour guide and the most fabulous host! We were stranded in Ft William for 7 hours after our tour bus broke down. My husband and I walked 1 1/2 miles in the rain to get to Ben Nevis, unsure if it would be worth it. From the moment we walked in the door, Brian took the best care of us. He gave us an impromptu tour and then provided a tasting at the bar. After the experience was complete, he suggested a restaurant for dinner that was close to our bus and drove us there! He then went into the restaurant ahead of us and made sure the staff would take the best care of us. Brian is a true gentleman!! Thank you for the best hospitality.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Danny B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly and welcoming distillery!
    What a friendly and welcoming distillery. We dropped in to visit the Ben Nevis distillery and try the local whisky. The team were so knowledgeable and really accommodating. The on site chef went above and beyond, she ensured our visit was memorable. Thank you!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 December 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Our little boy wanted to see how whiskey was made but all the distillery’s we looked at taking him to originally were either fully booked, adult only or ridiculously expensive. We called in on passing the Ben Nevis distillery on our journey Saturday and they were doing tour’s each hour, it was £5 per adult and 2.50 for children which is very reasonable we had a 40 minute tour of the factory, the staff member was very knowledgable and provided historical background to the production. Adults got a small amount of whiskey to try afterwards and my son was given a free keyring, they sold the different whiskeys made in miniature bottles for 3.80 a good option if you don’t want to buy a large bottle. The cafe didn’t appear to be open and there wasn’t a gift shop as such just opportunity to buy whiskey if you wanted. For the price of a tour in comparison with a lot of other distillery’s nothing to complain about.
Written 24 July 2021
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Mark D
Guisborough, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Just got back from a week in Fort William, climbing the Ben and during our stay we called in just on the off chance of a tour. Upon pulling up at the gate we were unsure if it was open but we’re soon met by a happy chap who took our temps etc and seemed genuinely interested in where we were from, where we had been etc, it was a very warm welcome indeed.
Once inside we enquired about a tour but then the phone rang and had to wait to be seen. We overheard the phone call saying all yours that day were full but he gestured to us to wait. Once he finished his call he told us that he could get us on the next tour, starting in 5 minutes.
The tour was great, very informative and educational about the history of the distillery and how whisky is made. At the whisky tasting our tour fee included one taste each but not being whisky drinkers it was great to be given several samples so we could compare the malts etc. We obviously expected a bill for the extra tastes but the guide was was fantastic and went through each sample with us without an extra fee. We did indeed buy a bottle and will be ordering our preferred choice once they have it back in stock.

All in all, an excellent tour, lead by great staff. Highly recommended for your stay.
Written 4 June 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We went to the distillery for a whisky tasting only, as the tour is not yet open due to covid restrictions. No matter as our tasting ‘guide’ Hazel, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. A credit to the distillery, she answered all of our questions and gave us a good background to the history and process of the distillery. She guided us through the different whiskies available and we purchased a number of them based on her assistance.
Many thanks Hazel for a most enjoyable and extremely pleasant experience. I am looking forward to drinking my whiskies when I’m back home, evoking memories of a lovely holiday spent with my family and friends.
Written 13 May 2021
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David B
Bristol, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
What a delightfully old fashioned place. This distillery does not go out of its way to advertise its wares but it’s well worth a visit.
On arrival we were greeted by Susan who turned out to be receptionist, bartender, tour guide, cook and waitress and probably a few other things too that I’ve forgotten. She was great. Although we didn’t take the tour we were still shown the stills and received some generous measures whilst deciding which bottles to buy.
When we arrived we were the only ones there and whilst we were there only about a dozen other people turned up. I can see why some people have been disappointed when there have been a lot of people visiting - it’s much more suited to small groups. So if there’s a coach in the car park and you can, my advice would be to come back later
Written 20 March 2023
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Thank you for leaving such a kind review! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and will pass your thanks onto Susan. We hope that we may see you again in the future.
Written 3 April 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Fantastic experience and it's open as normal (ignore the website stating closure due COVID). The staff couldn't be more helpful, friendly and welcoming. You can pop in for a drink and bite to eat at the lovely bar and cafe. The tour of the distillery is excellent and lasts around 40 minutes and ends with a whisky taster. Tours start from as little as £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 18s. And dogs are permitted on the tour too.
Written 16 July 2021
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Agsie
London, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We went on a tour at 4pm on a Sunday and we were the only ones so it was a private tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and it was a good introductory session. For the price they charged (£5), it's worth it. The £5 can be used against buying a bottle of whiskey.
Written 5 July 2021
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marigold80
Bude, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
We booked a tour around this distillery when staying in Fort William. We had a really friendly greeting from the gentleman on the gate and this theme continued through out our tour. We are not whiskey drinkers but we were interested in how it was distilled. This tour certainly provided that information. For the £5 we paid which included a tot of whiskey at the end, and the hour length tour this was excellent value and very enjoyable.
Written 7 October 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again.
Written 24 February 2022
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Tour reasonable but to be offered a blended whisky at the end was extremely disappointing.
Come on, Ben Nevis you can do better than that.
Your whisky is not that expensive, at least you could give us a taste of the house product rather than a cheapo mishmash.
Written 9 September 2021
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We are sorry that you were disappointed to be offered a blend. We try to make it clear that our £5 tour features a taste of a blended whisky, as we offer an £18 tour which allows you to try three of our single malts in addition to the blend. As the tour finishes at our bar, there is also an opportunity for visitors to buy tastes of our other whiskies, including our single malts. The tour you selected is priced accordingly with the whisky provided at the end - I'm afraid it is unlikely that you will find a distillery anywhere offering a single malt, a tour and a £5 voucher for only £5pp.
Written 10 September 2021
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kate c
Beverley, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
From the man at the gate who was a real sweetie to bar staff and cook you couldn't meet a friendlier helpful staff. Flooded with American and German coach tourists they still found time to explain the whisky's well and keep us served. You should be proud!
Written 23 August 2022
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Thank you for your kind feedback! We are delighted you had an enjoyable time at our distillery and will pass your thanks onto our team. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the Highlands.
Written 23 August 2022
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Jan P
Chelmsford, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
The on line communication from the tram was brilliant and very patient, they held a space for me with no payment required until you arrived.

We chose the classic tour with 4 tasting. Our teenager was £2.50 amazing price for her to learn about the processes.

The tour was very informative and our guide was interesting to listen too. As a family we learnt lots.

As for the tasting we got 4 measures of different whiskeys, I had a wee taste as I was driving so hubby was well happy. Measures were generous.

Yes we did buy two bottles! Would highly recommend if you drink whiskey or would like to understand the process of making it!
Written 10 August 2021
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