Glenury Royal distillery

Glenury Royal factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Glenury Royal Highlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Closed 1825 - Present Malt Glenury Royal Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group

Glenury Royal Timeline:

1825-52: Distillery established by Barclay, McDonald & Co.. Captain Robert Barclay of Ury, MP for Kincardine, a prominente farmer and landowner, and a renowned long-distance athlete was one of the owners

1847: The distillery was put up for auction when Barclay died

1858-83: Said to have been acquired by William Ritchie of Glasgow, continued until 1883 at least (1857 mentioned as well)

1890-1938: William Ritchie & Co.

1938: Sold to Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd. (ASD) by its landlord, Lord Stonehaven. ASD was a newly incorporated subsidiary of Train & McIntyre Ltd., which was itself owned by National Distillers of America

1953: Train & McIntyre Ltd. purchased by the Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL), and Glenury transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD). Licensed to John Gillon & Co., a small Glasgow blender

1965-66: Rebuilt, when extended from two to four stills. Licensed to John Gillon

1985: Distillery closed

1992: License cancelled and site sold for residential development

1996: A Rare Malts Selection bottling of the distillery won Most Outstanding Single Malt and Best Single Malt Over 12 Years in the 1996 International Wine and Spirit Competition

Can I tour Glenury Royal?

Yes Glenury Royal distillery is tourable. On Trip Advisor the distillery has been rated as excellent by 830 of 1,039 tours to date. This gives Glenury Royal an overall rating of 4.5

Latest reviews

Fantastic, Must Do Experience. by Esther

Amazing tour by Annie yesterday. She made us feel super welcome & had so much knowledge. Would 100% recommend this tour to anyone heading this way. Very educational and a must for even those who aren't whiskey drinkers. Thank you for welcoming us.

Distillery Tour by Chrissyskate

Our tour guide Annie was extremely thorough in providing us with information regarding the origins of the distillery and how they make their whisky. Some really lovely drams to sample at the end of the tour and don’t worry if you are the nominated driver as you’ll get to take what is sampled away with you.

Fun Family Tour by Rebecca Z

Informative and interesting tour of the whisky making process. Tasting at the end was fun and was able to understand the differences in taste and smell that are a function of the barrels used in the maturation process.

Rating Reviews
Excellent 830
Very good 165
Average 30
Poor 9
Terrible 6