Set against the dramatic background of the Scottish Highlands, the Malt Whisky Trail is the only of its kind in the world; and it’s right in our backyard.
Covering the stunning Speyside region, where more than half of Scotland’s distilleries can be found, the Malt Whisky Trail is the perfect place to discover all the heritage and craftsmanship in the industry and its inextricable link to the beautiful landscapes that surround.
Ready to get planning? Here’s a few highlights from the Malt Whisky Trail…
The Glenlivet Distillery
The Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire is an excellent place to start your education as it’s one of the most famous distilleries in the country. Join a daily free tour and you can learn about the history of the brand and how it makes its famous 12 and 18-year old single malt. All followed by a complimentary dram, of course.
Continue further into Dufftown, the heart of the Speyside region, and you will find the beautiful Speyside Cooperage. It’s the only one of its kind in the UK, and here you can see the ancient art of creating whisky barrels in action, learning about the methods, materials and tools they use. If you fancy yourself a pro, you can even have a go at making your own cask.
Built by William Grant and his family, the Glenfiddich Distillery has been creating fine whisky on site since Christmas Day in 1887. A half-day tour offers a guided tour of the grounds, plus a tasting and nosing masterclass. When it’s all done, you get to bottle your own to take home – direct from the cask.
A quick journey from Dufftown brings you to Keith, where you can tour the historic Strathisla Distillery. It’s the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands, with a history that stretches back to 1786. On a fascinating tour you can learn about its marquee single malt, and gain an insight into the art of premium blended whisky. The site is home to one of the most famous whisky brands in the world – Chivas Regal.
Discover the entire trail, find visitor details and plan your visit to the area from the Malt Whisky Tour website.
Do you love whisky? Would you ever take the Malt Whisky Trail?