Experience Terms and Conditions

Tours of Tayport Distillery take place at the production site at Unit 2 Shanwell Court Industrial Estate (the “distillery”), and are provided by Tay Spirits Ltd (now referred to as“we” or “the company”). Tastings take place at the distillery. The following Terms & Conditions, as well as any information contained in the booking form, booking confirmation, or tickets provided to you, apply to all bookings. By booking or purchasing tickets for any of our tours, you agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions.

ONLINE BOOKINGS

We will endeavour to ensure that the tour & tasting information displayed on the Tayport Distillery website is both current and accurate. With the exception of your Statutory Rights, we cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions on the website. Use of the website is subject to the Tay Spirits Ltd T&Cs; however, in the case of conflict, these terms & conditions shall apply to online and phone tour bookings.

PRICING AND ADMISSION POLICY

Tours & tastings are priced at two levels: (i) Adult: all visitors 18 years old or over.  This includes an alcoholic beverage (ii) Concession: Available to visitors between the age of 16 and 17 (as no alcohol is included).  Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Anyone below the age of 16 is not permitted access to any part of the site for licensing and health and safety reasons. All prices are shown on the website inclusive of VAT.

SAMPLING POLICY

In accordance with our license, Tayport Distillery encourages and promotes responsible consumption of alcohol. As such, we limit guest sampling to discourage excessive consumption.

We will make a limited range of products available for sampling in the shop, and sampling will be controlled by our staff. Refusal of service is at their discretion. Please remember that they are obliged to refuse service if they deem it to be excessive.

DRIVERS

The alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland is different than in the rest of the UK. In December 2014 the limit was reduced to 50 milligrammes of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood. The breath alcohol equivalent reduced to 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

There are many factors which can affect the amount of alcohol that would put you over the limit - weight, age, sex and metabolism. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive.

As such, government advice is to avoid alcohol consumption entirely if you are driving. There is no "permissible" amount that you can safely consume.

When visiting Tayport Distillery for a tour or tasting you will be asked if there are any drivers in your group. These people will not be served alcohol on the premises and will be offered tea or coffee with  an accompanying snack. 

If visiting Tayport Distillery purely to purchase, you will be advised on the legal limit and government zero tolerance policy if you request a sample and make it known to staff that you will be driving away from the premises. The decision is then yours as to whether you would like to sample a small amount of any of the products, however, Tayport Distillery does advise against this.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

On arrival at the distillery, you should be able to present your ticket(s) or booking confirmation as proof of payment to the staff on site. We operate a Challenge 25 policy.  Visitors may be subject to an age check on arrival. Young visitors should bring photo identification (“ID”) to the distillery.

If we believe or suspect a visitor who wishes to consume alcohol is under 25, that visitor will be asked to produce photo ID.  In the event that you are unable to produce valid photo ID, you will not be served alcohol as part of the tour or tasting. If you have paid for a full price ticket but cannot provide proof of age when requested we regret that no refunds can be given.

The date and time of your tour or tasting will be clearly stated on your confirmation, and we request that you arrive in good time. 

If you arrive after your designated tour or tasting has commenced, you may not be able to take part without disrupting others. We will do our best to accommodate you on the next available tour during that day, particularly if you have come a long distance; however, demand may be high (especially in peak season) and we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces available.  Unfortunately, we are unable to refund tickets where no suitable alternative time is available. We will always reserve the right to refuse admission to the distillery or other tasting locations.

CANCELLATIONS AND AMENDMENTS

If we need to cancel your tour or tasting, you will be entitled to a full refund of the purchase price subject to the notice periods shown below.

We will use all reasonable endeavours to have our tour and tasting locations open and operational during published opening hours but we reserve the right to close on any given day or part thereof (due to adverse weather or other special circumstances) without notice.

In the event of total closure, any tickets issued for tours or tastings on the day of closure will be exchanged or refunded at the price paid for them but no further compensation will be offered.

Should we need to cancel, if you have left us accurate contact information, we will attempt to contact you as soon as this is practical. Using the information you have provided us with at the time of booking, contact may be made by email or by calling your mobile number. On certain days, or at certain times, some parts of the distillery may be closed for cleaning, essential maintenance, or for other technical reasons. This may result in the distillery not being fully operational.  Tours may still proceed with certain areas altered from the scheduled content. Tickets will not be refunded and no compensation will be paid in such event.

If you cancel an online or phone booking or do not arrive for a scheduled tour or tasting you have booked and paid for, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless such cancellations or changes are made more than 7 days prior to the originally scheduled date. There is no charge made for rescheduling in these circumstances. The rescheduled date however must be within 2 months of the original tour booking date. If you cancel your tour or tasting booking less than 48 hours in advance, £10 per ticket of the Distillery Tour will be refunded and £45 per ticket of the Distiller’s Kitchen will be refunded.

If you wish to amend the date or time of any booking following the purchase of ticket(s), you should immediately contact us by phone  on +44 (0) 7837763996 or +44 (0) 1382 553 880 or by email at mary@tayspirits.com .  We will endeavour (but will not be obliged) to accommodate the alternative date or time requested by you. Available dates and time slots are governed by pre-confirmed bookings.

GROUP BOOKINGS

Tours and tastings are strictly limited in size.  Booking well in advance for large parties is highly recommended.

All bookings require to be paid for at the time of booking to secure your date and tour time. If you cancel a group booking or do not arrive for a scheduled group tour without prior notice, then the following applies:

  • Cancellation more than 7 days in advance – full refund.
  • Cancellation less than 7 days in advance – refunds will not be available.

If changes are requested more than 7 days prior to original booking there is no charge. The rescheduled date however must be within 2 months of the original booking date.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The distillery is a controlled working and manufacturing environment, and you should exercise due care and attention on the tour. Distillery staff may draw your attention to specific health & safety procedures to which you must adhere. If the fire alarm sounds during your tour the tour guide will direct you to the nearest exit and muster point.

VISITOR CONDUCT

Whilst at the distillery, visitors must observe the following:

  • No smoking
  • No pets or animals except for guide dogs and hearing dogs
  • No access to any area of the distillery other than areas designated for access by visitors

We reserve the right to remove anyone from the tour or tasting if their behaviour is considered likely to cause offence, put staff or other visitors at risk, or create a nuisance to other visitors or staff.

PHOTOGRAPHY

For safety reasons, all photography (including both flash and non-flash) and video recording is strictly prohibited within the production areas of the distillery. From time to time we or other authorised third parties may carry out photography or other recording at the distillery and any images or recordings may feature visitors. Visitors consent to the use of such images by us in connection with advertising, promotions or monitoring and acknowledge that the copyright in such images rests with us and/or any authorised third party of Tayport Distillery.

ACCESSIBILITY

The tour route through the distillery is fully accessible. If you have any requirements for special assistance please contact us in advance to ensure we can receive you and ensure you get the best possible experience.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED ASSISTANCE

Guide Dogs are welcome at the Distillery.

CARERS

One free carer ticket is available to any customer who requires essential assistance to visit us i.e. wheelchair assistance.  This place can be reserved when booking online.