Are you a whisky fan? Interested in local history? Then the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes of Oban’s very own working distillery, from the close sea location to the complex whisky making process is one not to miss!
Founded in 1794, the distillery is situated in the heart of the town. In fact, there wouldn’t even have been an Oban town if it weren’t for a pair of entrepreneurial brothers, Hugh and John Stevenson! But it was the improvements that J. Walter Higgin contributed to the distilling process which propelled Oban Single Malt Scotch Whisky in a different league, making it world-renowned.
Oban’s classic Distillery, steeped in history, offers two main tours, catering to different audiences.
Suitable for: Everyone
Duration: 1 hour
Price: £10pp and £5 for children aged 8–17 years
Worth it because: Not only is the tour a fully immersive experience offering a beautiful whiskey related gift and discount, but the tour also boasts the chance to try Oban Malt whiskey with food that compliments the malt, to truly tantalise your taste buds. Led by a passionate and knowledgeable guide, the stimulating and memorable tour offers the perfect introduction to a cherished and traditional whiskey, whilst exploring the rich history of the local area.
To book: Click here to check tour availability and to book. We strongly advise booking in advance as these tours are popular and fill up fast!
Suitable for: Connoisseurs
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £75pp (over-18s only)
Worth it because: Whisky lovers are treated to an truly exclusive experience with a special tasting in the distillery managers office and unique insight into whisky distillation, enjoying access to Oban Distillery’s warehouse — where all the magic happens!
To book: Click here to check tour availability and to book. Please note: in April–June, tours run every Wednesday and Friday at 2pm; July–September, tours run every weekday at 4pm; and in October, tours run every Wednesday and Friday at 2pm.
If it’s a tailor-made tour that you fancy, these are available upon request; simply get in touch Carol Bennet on 01631 572005 to arrange yours.
Tours slots may still be available, even if it shows they are all booked up online, so it is advisable to contact the distillery directly on 01631 572004 to double-check.