Banff Distillery

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General
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Region Highlands
Distiller
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LatLong 57° 40’ 02” N   02° 33’ 29” W
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Grid Reference NJ668643
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Open to public
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History
1863
James Simpson’s son built a new distillery at Inverboyndie situated in a way he could take advantage of the new railway line
1877
A fire destroyed the distillery, apart from the maltings and the warehouses. The then newly built distillery got a fire engine installed
during WWII
Distillery was closed and used to billet soldiers from the King’s Own Scottish Borderers
1941-Aug-16
On the afternoon a single enemy aircraft bombed the site. Nobody was injured, but the Warehouse burned to the ground. Exploding Whisky Casks were seen to fly into the sky, and those remaining were smashed to prevent the fire from spreading. The Banffshire Journal reported that "thousands of gallons of Whisky were lost, either by burning or running to waste over the land ... and so overpowering were the results that even farm animals grazing in the neighbourhood became visibly intoxocated". It is said that ducks and geese dabbling in the Boyndie burn were recovered at the seashore, some dead, some drunk, and that cows could not stand to be milked
1983
Distillery closed, the buildings have gradually been dismantled, remains still can be found in a field next to a graveyard
1999
Owned by Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL)
2004
Owned by Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL)



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