Built in 1700 from locally quarried sandstone for Captain John Grant, Easter Elchies House is a fine example of a Highland manor house, displaying many features typical of Scottish architecture of the period, including the crow-stepped gables and turret.
The Macallan estate lies in an area of great natural beauty and is farmed sensitively, in harmony with the environment. The estate covers 390 acres (158 hectares), of which some 90 acres are sown in the spring with our own exclusive barley variety (Minstrel) to make The Macallan. A single acre will produce nearly two and a half tons of barley, which will yield around 1,800 bottles of The Macallan.
The farmland is very fertile, with light, alluvial soils, ideal for growing barley. There is also pasture for sheep and highland cattle, woodland, beetle banks, uncultivated field margins, areas of unharvested crop and unmown grassland to attract biodiversity.
The river Spey, one of Scotland’s most famous salmon rivers, borders the estate to the south and south-east. The scale and diversity of the estate is unique among distilleries and is managed in harmony with the beautiful landscape.