The history of distilling on the Ballindalloch Estate dates back to the early 1820s when a distillery was built at Delnashaugh, above the junction of the rivers Avon and Spey near where the Delnashaugh Hotel stands today.

It was under the stewardship of Sir George Macpherson-Grant, the 3rd Baronet, that distilling on the Estate was firmly established. As co-founder of Cragganmore distillery with John Smith in 1869, Sir George was clearly a man for whom distilleries held a special place in his heart.

Sir George also enjoyed a close association with Robert Hay, who built Glenfarclas distillery on the North side of the Estate. His final direct involvement with a new distillery was the building of Speyside Distillery in Kingussie in 1896.

It can very much be said that the building of Ballindalloch Distillery is a return to the industry for the Macpherson-Grant family.