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 a 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.
You cannot separate the ‘Water of Life‘ from Scotland. Whisky is an indigenous part of this country and attracts thousands of visitors each year. But if crowded mainstream distilleries have put you off a visit so far and if you would rather enjoy something that is tailored to your tastes, then you should talk to us. SecretStills has an entirely different approach to the magic of Uisge Beatha. Whilst visiting the west coast of our beautiful country, take a day or two and join on an unforgettable Single Malt Whisky itinerary designed exclusively for you. All our itineraries last one day but can be combined to make two or three days, and can be as planned or bespoke as you would like it to be within the scope we offer.
Our choice of distilleries is based on location, ethics, concept and rarity of their Single Malts or Single Malts to be. Our aim is to stay away as much as possible from the touristic mainstream, always focussing on delivering an outstanding and unforgettable Single Malt experience to you in the seclusion of a peaceful and tranquil environment.
Not only have we carefully handpicked the distilleries we would like to introduce you to, but we have also partnered with several local companies to make your tour unforgettable. Whether it be a tasting experience by a log fire in the Grand Hall of a 17th Century Castle, an evening of fine dining with a whisky paired menu to round off the day or, a seafood feast afloat in Oban Bay, we will strive to make your tour memorable, as well as educational.
Suitable for: Everyone
Duration: 1 day, 2 days & 3 days
Price: Upon request
Worth it because: Every itinerary is different. They do their best to incorporate your wishes and ideas to make your Secret Stills Tour unique and memorable. Elke and Fergus are the two Single Malt Enthusiasts at Secret Stills that take a very different approach to exploring unique Scottish Single Malts from the West Coast of Scotland. They do speak (and understand) all kinds of English as well as all sorts of German and we will do their utmost to speak French!
To book: Click here to get in touch for a quote or alternatively call on +44 7714 640277. (As everything is bespoke pre-booking is essential!)
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