Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its Single Highland malt Scotch whisky since 1843. Crafting the delicate spirit is entrusted to the legendary Men of Tain. Take a tour of the distillery and you'll see these skilled mashmen, stillmen and warehousemen as they go about their daily work. You'll see the shining elegance of Glenmorangie's copper stills, the tallest in Scotland, standing 16 feet 10 inches (5.14 metres) high. This ensures that only the purest, most delicate vapours are condensed into spirit.
The Glenmorangie Distillery tour gives you unparalleled access to the distillery and warehouses. With the help of an expert guide you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing - all culminating in a dram or two of your choice.
Visit GLASSTORM, one of Britain's most exciting and vibrant hot glass studios, and view the stunning, handmade work of acclaimed glass designers Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns.
In addition to the elegant and contemporary handmade glass range displayed in their gallery, Brodie and Nichola have produced a variety of commissioned pieces for the drinks and film/TV industries, among others. Their work has been exhibited at international museums and galleries and is found in some of the world’s most prestigious design outlets.
GLASSTORM is not a demonstration studio and glassblowing is not guaranteed but visitors are welcome to view the creative glassblowing process when it is taking place or by arrangement prior to visit.
Located just south of the Royal Burgh of Tain, The Tain Pottery is housed in a renovated farm steading and offers an inspiring range of pottery, all of which is produced by hand. While wandering freely around the building, witness the skill and expertise required to transform raw clay into the distinctive yet durable pieces displayed in the shop.
The airy decorating studio overlooks the surrounding Highland landscape which provides a constant source of inspiration for the original designs, all of which are individually hand painted by a team of artists. The pottery’s flagship design ‘Glenaldie’ incorporates the Scottish national emblem while flowers, berries and sea creatures are other popular motifs. The design team are also more than happy to discuss individual commissions from visitors. All stoneware is fired to a temperature of 1280 degrees centigrade, allowing the finished pieces to be used in microwaves, ovens, freezers and dishwashers.
The shop displays the complete Tain Pottery range, all of which is highly collectable, functional and makes an excellent gift. In addition to discounted and special edition pieces, all purchases can be personalised with inscriptions. Shipping can be arranged and the entire collection can be viewed and purchased via the pottery’s website.
Tain Through Time is a visitor experience based around three buildings set within the beautiful and peaceful grounds of St Duthac Collegiate Church.
The Pilgrimage is a modern visitor centre built in a 17th century schoolhouse in the churchyard. It tells the story of medieval pilgrimage to Tain in two colourful galleries using images and sound. King James IV of Scotland made at least 18 pilgrimages to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain between 1493 and 1513. James IV was an energetic and forward-looking ruler who was responsible for introducing a number of innovations to Scotland including printing and the country's first medical school. He was a pious man and expressed his guilt over his involvement in his father's murder at Sauchieburn in 1488 by wearing around his waist an iron chain to which a new link was added each year. He made regular pilgrimages to shrines across Scotland: these were opportunities for making his presence felt in the remote and sometimes unsettled parts of the country.
St Duthac Collegiate church, dedicated to Saint Duthus, is said to have been built by William, Earl of Ross, who died in 1371. In 1487, James III had it converted into a Collegiate Church. James IV and V made pilgrimages to it. From the Reformation until 1815 this was the parish church; it was then abandoned and allowed to fall into decay until 1877 when it was skilfully restored and the stunning stained glass windows were installed. It is now maintained for monumental and memorial purposes.
Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Centre holds a wide and varied collection of artefacts, documents and images relating to the social history of the area, plus a particularly fine collection of Tain Silver.
Tain Through Time