The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Scapa distillery visitor centres will reopen to the public from the 29thJuly, followed by Strathisla distillery from the 7th August.
Leading Scotch Whisky producer Chivas Brothers will be safely welcoming visitors into its world-famous brand homes once again following their temporary closure in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In line with Scottish government guidelines, whisky lovers will be able to safely visit The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Scapa visitor centres from the 29th July, and the Strathisla visitor centre - home of Chivas Regal - from the 7th August.
Each site has been equipped with extensive health and safety measures to ensure visitors can take part in the adapted tasting experiences, now operating at a reduced capacity, all while safely soaking up the beautiful scenery of Speyside and Orkney.
Checkpoints have been implemented across each site, including temperature checks at site entrances, hand sanitiser stations in each room, clear social distancing signposts throughout and increased cleaning procedures across the sites. Face masks will be provided where necessary, however, visitors are encouraged to bring their own.
Those wishing to visit the brand homes and experience a socially distanced guided tasting will be required to pre-book their tickets online in order to effectively manage visitor numbers and ensure strict social distancing measures are adhered to at all times. Each site is also operating in accordance with the COVID-19 Track and Trace initiative in order to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the surrounding community. For more information, guests are invited to visit the brand homes website.
In addition to learning about the craftsmanship behind every bottle of Chivas Brothers’ blended and single malt whiskies, Scotch enthusiasts will be able to purchase world-class whiskies from the shops at each site via contactless payment.
Gordon Buist, Chivas Brothers Production Director, commented:
“After four challenging months, we’re delighted to be able to reopen the doors to our brand homes to give visitors the chance to safely enjoy our whiskies and the beautiful surroundings in Speyside and Orkney.
“We’ve been privileged to support our local communities in Scotland during the pandemic - including producing and distributing thousands of litres of hand sanitiser as NHS Scotland’s first pro-bono supplier - and so continuing to support them by opening responsibly and safely is our number one priority. We have had substantial best-in-class Safe System of Work processes in place across all of our operational sites over the last few months, and we have been working closely with our local Speyside and Orkney communities to enable us to take significant steps in implementing these strict social distancing and sanitation measures in our visitor centres as well, ensuring we’re able to welcome visitors safely, protect our colleagues and neighbours, and support Scottish tourism.
“Whether a discerning drinker or discovering drams for the first time, the team and I look forward to welcoming visitors safely back to our homes to uncover more about our rich Scotch heritage.”
For more information about the strict safety measures in place, adapted tasting experiences and retail facilities, and to book tickets, guests are invited to visit:https://www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com/
The Strathisla distillery tours
The heart of Chivas Regal, Strathisla Distillery has been newly refurbished and is inviting visitors to explore Speyside’s oldest and most picturesque working distillery once again from the 7th August.
Visitors will be able to discover the history behind the world-famous blended Scotch through two one-hour tasting experiences; Chivas: The Blend and Discover the Distillery Reserve Collection.
Each tasting experience is limited to 6 visitors and takes place once a day between Friday - Sunday during the hours of 12:00 - 16:00. Prices range from £30 - £50.
The Glenlivet Experience
At The Glenlivet, visitors will be able to enjoy tutored tasting sessions of The Glenlivet Exclusive and Rare editions in an outdoor socially distanced setting, whilst enjoying breath-taking views of The Livet Valley.
Launching from the 29th July, tastings of The Glenlivet Collection (30 mins), The Glenlivet Distillery Exclusives (1 hour) and The Glenlivet Rare (1.5 hours) will be available for up to 6 visitors per session. Tickets range from £15 - £45.
The Aberlour Experience
The Fleming Flight and Speyside Collection experiences are two-hour guided tastings with up to four visitors, held in the safely socially distanced The Fleming Room at the Aberlour brand home.
From the 29th July, sessions will run from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00, with prices ranging from £20 to £40.
The Scapa Experience
At Scapa, we are open for those wishing to purchase any of the world-class whiskies available at the on-site shop. In line with strict social distancing safeguards, a maximum of three visitors will be allowed to enter the shop at any one time.
Visitors will be welcomed from the 29th July on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 14:00 – 17:00.