Ben Nevis Distillery is situated on
the north side of Fort
William, below Ben Nevis
The Distillery is open for visits most
of the year with a Cafe / Bar, Shop, and
Tours. Postcode: PH33 6TJ.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Towns and Top
The image top is of the Ben Nevis Whisky
Distillery with Ben Nevis Mountain behind.
The second image is of the Visitor Centre
with a display of Whisky.
The third image is of the Cafe / Bar where
you can relax and sample some Whisky.
Ben Nevis Distillery produces Single Malt
Whisky from 9 to 26 years, about £40 to £2,500
Ben Nevis Whisky
The Distillery also produces Blended Whisky
such as the Nevis Dew from
about £17 per bottle.
List of all Whisky Distillers in Scotland
that can be visited.
Ben Nevis Distillery History
1825 - Ben Nevis Distillery was founded by
Long John McDonald, 6 ft 4in tall, claimed to
be a descendant of MacDonald's that ruled the
1955 - the Distillery was taken over by
Joseph Hobbs, with it then being used to
produce Malt and Grain Whisky.
Joseph Hobbs had moved with his family from
England to Canada in 1904, to run a ranch in
the Calgary area. During the US Prohibition
(1920-33), when selling alcohol in the US was
illegal, Hobbs began smuggling Spirits across
Lake Ontario into the US.
The Great Depression in the US and Canada
led to Hobbs returning to the UK in the 1920s.
He then began investing in the Whisky trade in
Scotland, taking over Ben Nevis, Bruichladdich,
Glenury, Glenkinchie, and Hillside
1981 - Whitbread & Co took control of the
Ben Nevis Distillery.
1989 - the Japanese company Nikka Japan took
control of the Ben Nevis Distillery, leading to
about one-third of the Spirit being exported to
Japan to be used in their Nikka Black
1991 - the Visitor Centre and Cafe was