Admission

All year Adult £5.20, Child £2.60, Concession £4.20

Last ticket sold 30 min before closing time.

Some of the smaller monuments may close for a short period over lunch. Please telephone to check.

At weekends there may be sites closed at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. While every effort will be taken to keep this information as current as possible, it might not appear on the website. Please telephone to check.


Opening Times

1 April - 30 September
Monday to Sunday - 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 October - 31 October
Monday to Sunday - 9.30am to 4.30pm

1 October - 31 March
Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday - 9.30am to 4.30am

All our properties close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please telephone to check for New Year opening.

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery

Dallas Dhu whisky

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery was the idea of an entrepreneur named Alexander Edward. In 1898, he built two new distilleries on land outside Forres – Benromach and Dallasmore. Both were in response to the demand for malt whisky for blending.

Before Dallasmore went into production in 1899, Edward sold the distillery to the Glasgow blending firm of Wright & Greig Ltd. They wanted  the distillery to ensure a supply of malt for their popular blend, Roderick Dhu. To emphasise the link, they changed the distillery’s name to Dallas Dhu.

A chequered history

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery produced whisky from 1899 to 1983. The first barrel was filled on 3 June 1899, and the last on 16 March 1983. In the intervening years, it had a chequered existence. During the First World War it was closed. After the War, Wright & Greig sold it to J. P. O’Brien & Co Ltd of Glasgow, but they went into liquidation in 1921, and Dallas Dhu was sold to Benmore Distillery.

The new owners invested heavily in developments to the site, including a new railway siding. But the Great Depression forced closure in the early 1930s. Soon after reopening production, the distillery was badly damaged by fire, on 9 April 1939. Production began again in 1947, but was finally closed in 1983, largely because of a water shortage caused by prolonged drought.

A local concern

The distillery employed a manager, a brewer, and a number of other staff – around 15 men in all. These were divided up into different groups, each headed by a lead man. Workers included the maltman, the mashman, the stillman, the warehouseman and the cooper. The men were expected to turn their hand to anything from unloading barley and shovelling peat to rolling out the barrels.

The exception was the exciseman. He was employed by Customs and Excise and not the distillery, although the latter had to provide him with a house and office!


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Contact Details

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery
Mannachie Road
Forres
Morayshire
IV36 2RR

Tel: +44(0)1309 676 548