No pagoda chimneys, no obvious whisky clues except the barrels by the entrance and the sign on the wall... but don't always judge a building by its exterior. This uncompromising building looks nothing like a traditional distillery - not ideal if it's the only one you'll ever visit, but otherwise making an interesting change from the norm. And inside, it's anything but modern. Deanston Distillery started out as a cotton mill in 1785, powered by the fast-flowing River Teith alongside. As demand and corresponding production declined through the early twentieth century the river was instrumental again, making it suitable for conversion into a distillery in 1966. The visitor centre opened in 2012; tours are excellent and start with a slick film about the site's heritage.
|[River Teith at Deanston Distillery]|
Name: Deanston Distillery ★★★☆☆
Description: Recently reopened but traditionally-run distillery, housed in a former cotton mill.
Location: Minor road, east end of Deanston, G.R.: NN 716015 / clothed dated riverside
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £9+ depending on tour type