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Article published 03/06/2021

The £140 million distillery was completed in May 2018, of which £7 million was spent on the hospitality experience. A further £1.3 million has been invested in the last three months. In 2015 The Macallan Estate had 74 employees, however, as of 2021, they now have 150 – with 28 of these positions being in The Hospitality Experience. 

The Macallan Estate has encouraged employment opportunities for younger people in and also outwith the area and has certainly encouraged people to stay locally who could have otherwise quite easily travelled to work in other parts of the UK or further afield.

The development has helped stimulate investment in other visitor experiences and hospitality within Speyside and continue with the development of the Tourism BID in Speyside and Moray – Visit Moray Speyside. 


Macallan Estate

The Macallan Estate


The Macallan Estate is currently working with a number of local community projects including Friends of Craigellichie Bridge, an icon of engineering by Thomas Telford and Archiestown Village Council, upgraded toilets and kitchen area in the village hall and are now supporting heritage signing through the area.

They are also working with The Spey Fishery Board to develop a fishladder for the waterfall at the Ringorm Burn; a fish trap at the little bridge at the mouth of the Ringorm Burn; and tree planting in the area around the main pool at tail of Green Bank to ensure that the fish have the best environment to thrive in. 

We have a long-standing partnership with The Atlantic Salmon Trust. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do here on The Macallan Estate as well as how we look at our business overall. Work started in late March 2021 with supply partner Scottish Power to install 10 Etrel G6 electric charging points on The Macallan Estate with work completing at the end of April in time for re-opening in mid-May.

During this last year we saw the introduction of our Employee Assistance Programme. As we continued to face the challenges of lock-down and social distancing, the Employee Assistance Programme is in place to support employees and their immediate family across a broad range of issues including access to specialist counsellors, we also saw the introduction or our modern family leave policy which provides an inclusive approach that is gender-neutral and includes adoption and surrogacy. At the core of the policy is the commitment to provide 26 weeks paid leave for parents following the birth or adoption of their child.

Gillian Swan, Sales & Events Manager, The Macallan Estate

How you can get involved

Tourism is an economic and social powerhouse for Scotland. It creates wealth and social benefits in every corner of the country and enhances the wellbeing of everyone who takes a holiday at home. For more information on all strands of this project and how you can get involved visit our #tourismForceForGood page.