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Business in Moray: GlenAllachie visitor centre gets £600k upgrade

By Alistair Whitfield

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The GlenAllachie distillery near Aberlour has revealed major upgrades to its visitor centre as it gears up for the high season.

Visitors to the site, which opened to the public in April 2019, can now enjoy a brand new whisky bar and tasting lounge following the conversion of an engineering workshop.

The £600,000 revamp also includes a large outdoor seating space with uninterrupted views of Ben Rinnes.

As part of the distillery’s sustainability efforts, this will be heated using excess heat energy from the stillhouse.

In addition, extra toilets, disabled facilities and electric vehicle charging points have also been installed.

Tracy Sellar, who was appointed the visitor centre's manager last year, has overseen the upgrade.

She said: "We’re thrilled to unveil everything after months of planning and preparation.

"As a team we identified a gap in our offering, which is the option to enjoy a dram or flight without the need to join a tour.

"The new whisky bar, between the indoor and outdoor space, allows for an impressive capacity of 100 people at any one time. As we continue to expand as a visitor attraction, we look forward to a busy summer season with more experiences to offer our guests."

The whisky bar operates on a walk-in basis.

To showcase it the GlenAllachie is hosting a launch event, open to all, on Thursday, July 13, from 5.30pm-7.30pm, with drams and nibbles on offer.

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