Situated on open land just off the A9 from Perth to Inverness, Dalwhinnie is one of the most strikingly picturesque of Scotland's distilleries. Built in 1897, at 1,073 feet, Dalwhinnie distillery is one of the highest in Scotland. The name derives from the Gaelic for "meeting place" of sheep and cattle drovers. Records show it as the coldest inhabited place in Scotland (Met. Office 1994).
It had fragile beginnings; five owners in 30 years before James Buchanan & Co. bought it in 1926. It was modernised in 1968-72 and re-fitted 1995-96, with the traditional worm tubs retained - adding a meaty character to the spirit.