Next to Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery runs tours throughout the year. The first visitor to tour the distillery was Queen Victoria in 1848, and after that she always kept a medicinal bottle of whisky in her carriage.
If you’re driving from the north then you’re in luck - this is Speyside whisky country, famed throughout the world.
Now you’ve seen the casks at the distillery, you might enjoy the Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie, where you can watch casks being repaired. If you’re coming from the south, do visit Blair Athol distillery but, if this sounds like rather a lot of whisky, Persie Distillery near Bridge of Cally will be happy to introduce you to their gins - visits by prior appointment.