Whisky Tours and Scotland Distilleries
Below is a selection of some of the more famous Distilleries around Scotland, which offer some wonderful Tour and Tasting Experiences during your visit. A great way to spend some “Off the Course” time……
Aberlour is located in the Speyside Whisky region, just south of Elgin and the A96 road, which connects Inverness and Aberdeen. The Whisky itself is renowned throughout the industry for being a rich, sweet, fruity Whisky, which have stereotypically been matured in Sherry Casks.
The tour experience is comprehensive and allows visitors to visit all areas of the distillery from the distillation process in the stillhouse to the maturation in the bonded warehouse. For more information please visit the Aberlour website.
Ardbeg is based in the Islay region of the Whisky World and is renowned for its mysterious backgrounds from the days of Whisky smuggling and boasts some incredibly Smokey, Salty and heavily peated whiskies, which flavours originate from the surrounding land and sea.
Through the tour you will be shown around the distillation stills as well as the kilns where the heavily peated smoke dries out the barley. Finished off by one of their award winning drams. Islay is a stuning way to spend a day off the course and enjoy the wonderful sights and distilleries that are on offer. For more information please visit the Ardbeg website.
Glenkinchie Distillery is one of the six distilleries in the Lowland Region and is located in the glen of the Kinchie Burn, just 15 miles from Scotland’s capital. Known as ‘The Edinburgh Malt’, the distillery celebrated it’s 180th anniversary this year.
During your visit, you can spend some time at the museum which tells the story about Malt Whisky Production and witness the largest stills in Scotland, with a volume of 30,963 litres. Glenkinchie is proud to be the official single malt of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The distillery now also operates a shuttle bus service from the city so you can enjoy a dram or 2! For more information please visit the Glenkinchie website.
Glenmorangie Distillery is located in the Highlands of Scotland in the town of Tain, which is around 15 minutes from the world famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Glenmorangie is still the biggest selling Malt Whisky in Scotland and offers a varied range of wood finished whiskies, such as port, wine and bourbon to name a few.
Glenmorangie is unique in that all its barrels are made from trees selected in Missouri, USA and are then loaned to Bourbon Whisky giants, Jack Daniels to flavour the barrels for 4 years before they are sent to Glenmorangie for filling with the Single Malt.
Again, Glenmorangie offer a comprehensive tour visiting the tallest stills in Scotland through to the bonded warehouse where some of the finest casks are held for maturation. For more information please visit the Glenmorangie website.
Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre began its journey just a few years ago. Douglas Clement, a golf caddie at Kingsbarns Golf Links thought of the idea and after converting an old and semi-derelict farm, himself and Director William Wemyss, who’s family bought the Kingsbarns project in 2013, opened the Distillery in November 2014. The Distillery has released a 2-year-old spirit drink, 'New Make Spirit', however their first Scotch Whisky, ‘Founders’ Reserve’ will not be available until later next year, as the whisky is to be matured in oak barrels for at least 3 years to be called Scotch whisky.
With a fantastic visitor centre and a variety of tours on offer Kingsbarns was proud to receive a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in July this year. Right on the doorstep of Kingsbarns Golf Links and just 7 miles from St Andrews, who could resist a dram after a round of golf? For more information please visit the Kingsbarns Distillery website.
The Macallan Distillery
The Macallan is also located within the Speyside Whisky region and a little further south than the aforementioned Aberlour Distillery. Macallan is a worldwide brand, which was made famous for is big, rich sherried Speyside Whiskies. Over recent years Macallan have added to their portfolio of various Whiskies finished in different cask types to meet global demand.
Over the last 6 years Macallan has been building and developing a brand new distillery which certainly has the WOW factor! The new building has been designed to celebrate the whisky making process. It is 120 metres long north to south, 68 metres east to west. It holds a single mash tun, 21 stainless steel washbacks, 12 wash stills and 24 spirit stills. The stills have been made by Forsyths of Rothes, who have been making stills for The Macallan since the 1950s. They have been handcrafted to be exactly the same as the previous stills, which are the smallest on Speyside.
The ‘Six Pillars’ Macallan tour takes you through how the finest casks dictate the natural colours, aromas and flavours, which make Macallan such a world famous dram. For more information please visit the Macallan website.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience located next to Edinburgh Castle is a five star visitor attraction offering whisky tours and tastings, private dining and also houses Amber Restaurant and a whisky shop. The experience is home to The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, with 3384 bottles of liquid gold. All touring visitors can enjoy a whisky tasting within this unforgettable setting, or for a truly unique experience, dinner for groups of 10 can also be accommodated.
Offering a range of different whisky tours, for the novice to those who already have a good knowledge of Scotch whisky, you will find a tour to suit you. You can even step into the shoes of a Master Blender with their ‘Blend your own whisky’ package where you will create your own whisky to take away and enjoy.
Amber Restaurant uses exceptional produce from our country’s hills, glens, lochs and seas so you are guaranteed to enjoy Scottish food at its best. The knowledgeable staff will even be able to recommend the perfect whisky to accompany your chosen dish. For more information please visit the Scotch Whisky Experience website.
Springbank is from the Campbeltown Whisky region, which is the peninsula named the ‘Mull of Kintyre’ made famous by Paul McCartneys song on the West coast of Scotland. On a clear day Campbeltown can be visible from the famous links of The Ailsa Golf Course at the Trump Turnberry Resort as well as only being a few miles away from other outstanding courses at Machrihanish.
Springbank offers three brands within the distillery. Hazelburn, which is a smooth triple distilled spirit, Springbank which is lightly peated giving an oily, smokey taste and Longrow which is double distilled and heavily peated giving salty, very smokey flavours. Springbank is unique as it is the only Distillery in Scotland where the entire process from the growing of the barley, through to the distillation, maturation process and finishing with the bottling is all handled on site.
An extensive tour is offered here to all visitors can witness the entire process and on some occasions ‘Muck in’. An area named ‘The Cage’ is also a place of legend, which allows visitors to purchase exclusive distillery bottles that will never make general sale. For more information please visit the Springbank website.
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