Whisky Trail Tours - Local Malt Whisky Distilleries
More than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries are situated in Speyside, where you can follow Scotland’s only Malt Whisky Trail. Explore some of the region’s finest distilleries, including well known brands such as The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich or Glenfarclas or try something different such as chocolate and malt whisky tasting, a range of classic single malts paired with specially selected luxury highland chocolates at Dalwhinnie distillery. Visit the award-winning Speyside Cooperage at Craigellachie where you can witness the master craftsmen working on the whisky barrels or a visit to the Whisky Castle, an independent whisky shop specialising in single cask malt whiskies. Download the whisky Trail Map (printable pdf)
ABERLOUR - ABERLOUR
“Aberlour” is a gaelic word meaning “mouth of the chattering burn” (stream), situated in a beautiful glen near the peaks of Ben Rinnes. Est. 1879.
BENROMACH - FORRES
Speyside’s smallest working distillery, extensively re-equipped and re-opened in 1998 by HRH the Prince of Wales. Visit the Malt Whisky Centre and bottle your own whisky! Est. 1898.
CARDHU - KNOCKANDO
The only malt distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Malts from here are used in some award winning Johnnie Walker blends. Est. 1824.
CRAGGANMORE - BALLINDALLOCH
On the banks of the Spey, home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies in the region. Est. 1869.
DALLAS DHU - FORRES
The last distillery to be built in the 19th century produced malt whisky between 1898 and 1983 when it closed. It is now a museum operated by Historic Scotland. An audio visual presentation and free audio guide explain the workings of the malt barn, kiln, mash house, tun room, still house and bonded warehouse ~ then sample a free dram. Guided tours available daily from April to September.
DALWHINNIE - DALWHINNIE
Chocolate and malt whisky tasting, a range of classic single malts paired with specially selected luxury highland chocolates.
Scotland’s highest working distillery at 1073 feet. Est. 1898.
GLENFARCLAS - BALLINDALLOCH
The Grant family of Glenfarclas have owned and run this independent distillery for six generations. Connoisseur’s Tours available. Est. 1836.
GLENFIDDICH - DUFFTOWN
The world’s most awarded single malt whisky. One of the last independent distilleries. A “dram” of the 1958 malt will set you back £1250!! Visit the restaurant, bar and distillery shop. Est. 1886.
GLEN GRANT - ROTHES
One of the first licensed distilleries in the Scottish Highlands and the first to be powered by electricity. This distillery has beautiful gardens to explore. Est. 1840.
GLENLIVET - BALLINDALLOCH
The first distillery in Speyside to get a licence. Don’t miss the opportunity to fill and label your own bottle of The Glenlivet 18 year old. Visitor centre and coffee shop. Est. 1824.
GLEN MORAY - ELGIN
Small authentic working distillery without the tourist frills, just bags of atmosphere. Est. 1897.
MACALLAN - CRAIGELLACHIE
Curiously small stills contribute to this distinctively rich and fruity classic malt whisky, matured in exceptional oak casks. Est. 1824.
ROYAL LOCHNAGAR - BALLATER
Situated on the river Dee, close to Balmoral Castle, a traditional distillery which retains much of it’s original charm Est. 1826
STRATHISLA - KEITH
The oldest continually operating distillery in Scotland. Originally founded in 1786 as the Milltown Distillery. One of the most picturesque distilleries with distinctive double pagodas. Home of Chivas Regal. Est. 1786
TOMATIN - TOMATIN
Once an illicit still dating back to the 15th century, it is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level. Est. 1897.
The Speyside Cooperage is the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering. Since 1947 this family owned cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American oak using traditional methods and tools. These casks are shipped around the world and play an important role in Scotland’s whisky making process. Take a journey through the life cycle of the cask, see the coopers at work or try it for yourself with mini casks. Gift and coffee shop.