Rail Served Distilleries

Introduction

A list of formerly rail served distilleries in Scotland. These distilleries were directly served by railways entering the works, other distilleries were served more indirectly by using goods yards at their nearest station.



Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)

This distillery, opened 1898, is to the east of the former Aberfeldy station. It was served by a pair of sidings on the south side of the railway, approached from the west. The railway formerly passed by the north side of the distillery. To the west access to the sidings was controlled from a signal cabin, not a block post, open from 1897 to 1935. The box was on the north side of the line. The ...

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Aberfeldy Branch (Inverness and Perth Junction Railway)
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Brian Forbes /04/2007
1939 Barclay of Kilmarnock pug with a BR(ScR) flat wagon, exhibited at Aberfeldy Distillery, camera on former branch line. ...
Brian Forbes /04/2007
^Dailuaine^ on static display at Dewars distillery, Aberfeldy, in 2003. See image 23450. ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2003
Dewars distillery, Aberfeldy, in 2003 with preserved 0-4-0ST Dailuaine on static display. ...
John Furnevel 18/05/2003
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Alva Railway






Balmenach Railway

This distillery was served by a railway from Cromdale station, the Balmenach Railway. ...

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Balmenach Railway
Side by side at Balmenach Distillery in October 1966, one mode of transport soon to be extinguished by the other. Balmenach was the most southerly of ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /10/1966
Side by side at Balmenach Distillery in October 1966, one mode of transport soon to be extinguished by the other. Balmenach was the most southerly of ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) /10/1966
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Banff, Portsoy and Strathisla Railway

This distillery is closed. It was served by the Inverboyndie Siding which was to its south.
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This distillery is east of the former Knock station. There were sidings serving the distillery. ...

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Buckie and Portessie Branch (Highland Railway)






Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway






Edinburgh, Suburban and Southside Junction Railway






Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway

This distillery no longer exists, some ruins remain.
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Glenlossie Railway

This distillery is in Longmorn.
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Glenlossie Railway


Established by John Duff and Co. Also called Glenlossie-Glenlivet Distillery on OS map. New company of that name in 1895.
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Glenlossie Railway
Aveling and Porter 0-4-0WT locomotive at Glenlossie Distillery in 1951. [Ref query 15748] ...
Alec Unsworth (Courtesy Chris Unsworth) //1951
View west to Glenlossie Distillery on the Glenlossie Railway. This passing loop was provided close to the distillery. ...
Alec Unsworth (Courtesy Chris Unsworth) //1951
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This distillery is in Longmorn.
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Glenlossie Railway
This is one of four photos that my Dad took in and around Longmorn Distillery. It shows the then new Ruston locomotive at Longmorn Distillery. The ...
Alec Unsworth (Courtesy Chris Unsworth) //1951
Part of the internal railway within the Longmorn distillery, south of Elgin, seen here in 1980. The system was used to transport materials around the ...
Peter Todd 22/11/1980
After closure of the main line, Longmorn Distillery, seen here in October 1978, adopted some of the former goods yard along with its internal rail ...
Bill Roberton 14/10/1978
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Great North of Scotland Railway






Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway

This distillery opened in 1897. It is not far west of Keith and was served by a siding, Glentauchers Siding, from the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway and a halt called Tauchers Platform.
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Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)

This distillery opened with the Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway) in 1897. The distillery was rail served, it is on the west side of the line.
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Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
4wDM Simplex shunter (Motor Rail 9925 of 1963) out of use at Tomatin Distillery in 1976. This had come from the Tay Road Bridge contract where it ...
Bill Roberton //1976
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway

This distillery was in the west of Kingussie and was rail served by a short branch which departed the south end of the station to cross the A86 to reach the distillery. The distillery opened in 1896 and closed in 1906.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway


This distillery was established by John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie at a site just to the north of Dalwhinnie village.
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Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dalwhinnie Distillery Branch







Inverness and Ross-shire Railway

This distillery is on the west side of the Far North Line just north of the former Edderton station. Its sidings were served by reversal from the station^s goods yard. The distillery is no longer rail served.
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Looking north over the Glenmorangie Distillery and pond. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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Hopper wagons stand alongside Invergordon Distillery in 1963. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1963
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Keith and Dufftown Railway

This distillery is in Dufftown. ...

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This distillery is to the south of Dufftown. This was the first licensed distillery in Dufftown.
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This distillery was developed to the north of Towiemore Halt. It was rail served. The site had formerly been a limekiln siding. ...

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Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway

This distillery closed in 1994. Despite being a notably old distillery and having listed buildings it has been largely cleared for new housing.
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Langholm Branch (Border Union Railway (North British Railway))

Glentarras Siding was not directly next to the distillery.

This siding was approached from the north and was located on the east side of the line immediately south of Tarras Viaduct. It served Glen Tarras Distillery which was off to the east. It also served a tile works.
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Langholm Branch (North British Railway)





Leven Railway

This grain distillery opened in 1824. It was rail served, the Leven Railway having reached Cameron Bridge in 1854.
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Leven Railway





Morayshire Railway

This is a closed distillery. The distillery was rail served from the nearby Morayshire Railway. A siding ran from that line north west to the distillery. ...

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This distillery is in Rothes. ...

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This distillery is in Longmorn.
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Glenlossie Railway
This is one of four photos that my Dad took in and around Longmorn Distillery. It shows the then new Ruston locomotive at Longmorn Distillery. The ...
Alec Unsworth (Courtesy Chris Unsworth) //1951
Part of the internal railway within the Longmorn distillery, south of Elgin, seen here in 1980. The system was used to transport materials around the ...
Peter Todd 22/11/1980
After closure of the main line, Longmorn Distillery, seen here in October 1978, adopted some of the former goods yard along with its internal rail ...
Bill Roberton 14/10/1978
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Muirtown Basin Branch (Highland Railway)






New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)

This is industrial distillery.
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New Monkland Line (Monkland Railways)





North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway

Also known as Highland Esk Distillery, Glenesk Distillery and Montrose Distillery.
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Perth New Yard (British Railways)






Port Dundas Branch (Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway)

This was a grain distillery north of the Forth and Clyde Canal^s Port Dundas Basin. It was on the east side of Vinter Street and north of North Canal Bank Street.
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South Queensferry Branch (North British Railway)

Site of the former distillery yard at Kirkliston photographed in April 1995. Note the surviving yard lamp. ...
David Panton /04/1995
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Stirling and Dunfermline Railway






Strathspey Railway

This distillery is close to the former Dailuaine Halt.
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The distillery pug at rest outside the locomotive shed at the Dailuaine Distillery on the Speyside Line, in 1967. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1967
The distillery pug hard at work in Dailuaine Distillery, by Carron on the Speyside Line, in 1967. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1967
Careful with that! 0-4-0ST Dailuaine, seen here in charge of a precious cargo near the Dailuaine distillery between Carron and Aberlour ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
Located between Carron and Aberlour on the Speyside line, the Dailuaine distillery boasted its own steam locomotive, seen here in charge of a precious ...
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Imperial Distillery was demolished in 2013 having been stripped for many years after final closure in 1998. Production ceased on a number of occasions.
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This distillery was close to Gilbey's Cottage Halt which served the worker cottages built by Gilbey for the Knockando Distillery.
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Founded in 1897. The name is now used for the nearby former Knockando station, still preserved. ...

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West Highland Railway

This distillery is in Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis. The distillery was formerly railway served.
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West Highland Railway


This distillery was just east of central Fort William, on the north bank of the River Ness. It was served by a short siding from the West Highland Railway. The siding was on the south side of the line and served from the west (by the Nevis Viaduct).
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West Highland Railway


This distillery predated the opening of the West Highland Railway. It was located on the north side of the line on the west bank of the River Nevis near the Fort William town centre. The distillery closed around 1908 but remained in use as warehousing for Ben Nevis Distillery. There was a series of buildings.
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West Highland Railway