Royal Lochnagar distillery

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Royal Lochnagar
The main building and visitor centre of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in 2012
The main building and visitor centre of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in 2012
Region: Highland
Water sourceSprings in the hills of Lochnagar
No. of stills1 wash still, 1 spirit still
Capacity450,000 litres

Royal Lochnagar distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery based on the Abergeldie Estate on Royal Deeside, in the Highland whisky-producing area of Scotland. It close to the mountain Lochnagar.


The first Lochnagar distillery was burnt down in suspicious circumstances in 1824 and a replacement again burnt down in 1841.[1] In 1845 John Begg built the "new" Lochnagar.[1] The distillery was awarded its Royal Warrant in 1848 when John Begg invited Prince Albert to visit the distillery from the nearby Balmoral Castle, the Queen's residence in the Highlands. The next day the distillery was visited by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their three eldest children. The distillery then became known as Royal Lochnagar.

Today Royal Lochnagar is leased by Diageo from the Abergeldie Estate, and the distillery produces a relatively small amount of whisky, most of which is used in Johnnie Walker black and blue label.

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  1. ^ a b Smith 2001, p. 75.


  • Brander, Michael (1996). Brander's guide to Scotch whisky (5 ed.). New York: Globe Pequot. ISBN 978-1558214804. OCLC 34851266.
  • Smith, Robin (2001). Lawson, Alan (ed.). The making of Scotland: a comprehensive guide to the growth of its cities, towns, and villages. Edinburgh: Canongate. p. 75. ISBN 978-1841951706. OCLC 48920986. Royal Lochnagar.

Coordinates: 57°1′48″N 3°12′33″W / 57.03000°N 3.20917°W / 57.03000; -3.20917