The Glenlivet is shrouded in legend, history, and in some cases mystery. The ‘Glen Livet’ was a stretch of Highland Scotland that would later expand to become the Speyside whisky region. The Glenlivet was part of a rich history of illicit stills in the glen. Founded by a gutsy farmer, George Smith, the distillery flourished as whisky production was legalised.
Smith’s whisky quickly gained a reputation as a ‘smooth whisky’, and won praise from figures of the day like Charles Dickens, and even the King. In the 1870s, as the quality of the whisky gained more praise, other distilleries laid claim to the Glenlivet name. The distillery eventually won the right to call itself THE Glenlivet, and it stands on the same site to this day.
Today, The Glenlivet is enjoyed the world over, and is one of Scotland’s best-selling whisky brands. Each year the picturesque distillery welcomes visitors from all over the world, who come to discover the secret of George Smith’s famous craft.
Visit The Glenlivet
A visit to The Glenlivet’s sprawling site provides a great day out. Take a tour of the distillery with one of The Glenlivet’s seasoned guides, and enjoy a tasting in the site’s beautiful tasting room.
Take some time to explore the visitor centre’s extensive museum, which charts the history of The Glenlivet and the wider Speyside region. You can also enjoy lunch in the distillery’s large cafe, and browse the well-stocked distillery store. The distillery is open from the Spring until the end of October