Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
National Park
NJ 19525 28885
319525, 828885


Founded on this site in 1858 by George Smith.

Offices: 2 storey, dry dash finish, double gabled N elevation. First section to left, c1880, extended in c1924. 1880 block has pair narrow windows on each floor, 1924 block has round-arched doorway with moulded and keystoned architrave to left, bipartite to right, 3 irregularly placed sash and case windows at first. All windows bar one have 4-pane cash and case. Adjoining production buildings to S and W much altered and not listed. Interior largely panelled in pitch pine, some matchboarding now painted.

Warehouses: 2 ranges flagstone coursed rubble with dry-rendered fronts (originally 3, centre block demolished) probably 1858-c1880.

S range: consists of 2 low blocks (right-hand one altered from 2 to one gabled), then 4 glazed upper level with distinctive arched centre window flanked by bull's eye windows, all cast-iron framed. Earliest has rounded gable, other 3 (dated 1880) to N identical. 4-bay side elevation with multipane iron-framed windows. Roofs corrugated iron, part replaced by asbestos. N range similar to 1880 range, and probably 1880s, but 2 storey, 4 bay. Access to first floor, S end, by ramp leading to wooden platforms supported on cast-iron and timber columns. Rails laid on ramp for moving barrels. 5 bay side elevation.

Visitor Centre: probably built as malt barn c1870. 2-storey 5-bay coursed flagstone rubble, with irregularly placed buttresses between bays. Timber gables, corrugated-iron roof. Adapted as visitor centre c1980, when 2 doors and forestair built at rear, windows altered, and ventilators inserted.

Statement of Special Interest

Distillery moved here from Drummin, further up valley, and at first known as Drummin-Glenlivet. One of the most celebrated malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, and a pioneer of selling single malt whisky. Warehouse ranges among the oldest in Scotland.



Information from Chivas and Glenlivet Group of Seagrams; Moss & Hume, The Making of Scotch Whisky, p 260.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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