After a long period of abandonment, James Fairlie bought Glenturret Distillery in the 1950s, eager to preserve the artisan methods of whisky production. Now open to the public, the distillery continues to demonstrate the traditional art of whisky making. The restaurant and café offers food from luxury event caterers Wilde Thyme, giving visitors the chance to sample some of Scotland's finest produce.
Officially established in 1775, this location on the banks of the Turret River, near Crieff, had apparently been the site of an illicit still for 60 years prior to that, and it’s that 300-year history of whisky-making that means the distillery can lay a justifiable claim to being Scotland’s oldest. Currently owned by Highland Distillers, the spirit produced here at Glenturret using the traditional pot still method is primarily used as the signature component of the Famous Grouse’s five vatted whiskies, although batches are also set aside to be matured for different lengths to create special-edition single-malt bottlings. Given its central importance to the brand, Glenturret is also home to The Famous Grouse Experience, which earned a BAFTA Award for interactive storytelling.