Leap Gallery opened in November 2004, having developed the closed down Spar shop in the village of Craigellachie into a unique and prestigious venue for displaying a wide selection of art. Limited edition signed prints by Jack Vettriano and Iain Faulkner, as well as original work by Jolomo, Chris Sharp, Bob Dewar, and Myra McShane are all part of the gallery’s contemporary and traditional style.
The building dates back to 1800’s, when it was owned by John McWilliam, Wine Merchant, a purveyor of fine wine and whiskies. The original cellar remains where single malt whisky purchased from nearby Macallan Distillery would have been bottled. Very few whiskies were bottled as a single malt before the 1890’s, therefore it is not surprising that any bottles still in existence now fetch for more than £4,000.00 at auction. Unfortunately, the original owner left none behind! However the Macallan Distillery, just across the River Spey, does produce and sell a range of replica malts from this era.
Uniquely, alongside the cellar, under the Gallery, runs the Mud House Burn, and can be seen exiting across the road, running towards the River Spey. This burn flows from Craigellachie Distillery, situated at the top of the village.
Our location, between the River Spey and the River Fiddich, is only yards away from the Speyside Way, and makes Craigellachie a popular destination for visitors who like to walk, cycle, fish or simply who come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and stay in the nearby award winning Craigellachie Hotel. In keeping with our history, the Gallery has a unique display of whisky related art which we hope you will enjoy.