Our heritage

The hills and glens of Glenlivet have a special character that never fails to leave its mark in the memory of those who come here.

Glenlivet’s history is full of intriguing stories. For much of the last 600 years the area that is now the Glenlivet Estate was part of the estates of the Dukes of Gordon. But its heritage will always be linked with Scotland’s religious upheavals from the 16th century to the 19th century.

In 1594 the Battle of Glenlivet saw the last stand of the Roman Catholics with a force of 2000 men taking on 10,000 highlanders under the Protestant Earl of Argyll. A dramatic event with deep and complex roots, the battle represented a victory of artillery and horse over irregular infantry and has passed into local legend. Despite repeated attacks from Hanoverian soldiers throughout the 18th century, local people again survived attempts to extinguish the Catholic faith. During the 19th century, this isolated part of Scotland became home to the largest manganese mine in the country, until it closed in 1846. Something that has survived hundreds of years though is the area’s links to whisky production. From stories of ingenious smugglers and illicit stills, to the excise men who courageously pursued them. Today, the local traditions of whisky manufacturing are still going strong and have made the Glenlivet name world famous.

Visitor information

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Things to see & do

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