Brora Distillery: Everything You Need To Know

Brora Distillery

Brora Distillery: Everything You Need To Know

The Brora distillery is a distillery in the Scottish Highlands that produces single malt whisky. If you’re a lover of Scotland, fine whisky and visiting areas with rich history, this is the perfect place for you.  

Where is the Brora Distillery?

The distillery, also commonly known as Clynelish Distillery, is located in the popular coastal holiday town of Brora, Scotland. The historic building is around an hour north of Inverness and features beautiful North Sea views.  

History of the Scottish Distillery

The distillery was founded in 1819 under the name Clynelish, by the Duke of Sutherland. By 1925, Distillers Company Ltd (DCL), took complete control over the site’s operation. In 1967, a new Clynelish distillery (Clynelish Distillery 2) was built right next door. The old one was then closed; however, in 1969 the original distillery reopened and was renamed ‘Brora Distillery’. 

Brora Distillery Closure

Unfortunately, like many other distilleries in the early 80s, the building was closed in 1983, due to a global economic downturn, the rising prices of oil, and the simple fact that the generation of people at the time just weren’t as interested in traditional spirits. The remaining stock of whisky was limited but available as special edition single malt whisky. 

Brora Distillery Reopening

The good news is that Brora Distillery will be open once again. The owner, Diageo, invested £30 million into renovating the distillery to get it up and running again. Due to COVID-19, there were some delays with the refurbishments; however, for the first time in 35 years, it should be fully functional again this year (2021). A very exciting event for whisky lovers!

Brora’s Whisky

The whisky produced by Brora Distillery has a lightly peated highland scotch character. Providing nosing notes of sweet fruit, coconut, malt and honey, with tasting notes including sweet, peat smoke, spices, fruit and chocolate alongside its finishing notes: spices, sweet, chocolate, dark chocolate and herbs. 

Why You Need to Visit Brora’s Distillery in Scotland

Due to its rich history, unique tasting single malt whiskey and fantastic location, this Scottish distillery is amongst some of the best. The Scottish Highlands are an amazing place to visit and should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you also happen to be a lover of single malt whisky, then combining the two is a dream come true. You can enjoy the luxurious serenity of the countryside, witness the undeniably beautiful views and immerse yourself in the distillery’s history. 

Where to Stay When Visiting the Brora Distillery in Scotland

There are plenty of places to stay in Brora, from five-star hotels to plain and simple camping. We have the best of both worlds with our North Coast 500 Glamping Pods right here in Brora. Situated in a quiet spot, you can unwind in the beautiful Scottish countryside whilst looking out on the North Sea. Have you ever experienced the wonders of glamping? If you haven’t then you’re really missing out. It’s the perfect balance between the close to nature feel you have with camping but with the luxury of a hotel. 

Our glamping pods are perfect if you’re interested in visiting the distillery, being only a short walk away from where you’ll be staying. Sit back, relax and enjoy a sip or two of fine Scottish whisky… you’ll be living the dream.


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