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    Glenlivet Distillery
  • The Malt Whisky Trail sign on the A941, Moray
    The Malt Whisky Trail sign on the A941, Moray
  • A cooper at work at the Speyside Cooperage, Craigellachie
    A cooper at work at the Speyside Cooperage, Craigellachie

Wherever you end up eating, a wonderful way of finishing off an exquisite meal is with a dram of Highland malt whisky or a local ale. Or why not find out more about how these wonderful drinks are produced with a behind the scenes tour of Highlands distillery or brewery?

Whisky

Scotland's national drink plays an important part in the food and drink of the Highlands, with no fewer than 20 distilleries producing a range of distinctive malts and blends. There's the Malt Whisky Trail which should not be missed and several specialist whisky shops which boast impressive collections of Scotland's national drink. Find out more about whisky in the Highlands.

Beers and ales

It’s not all whisky in the Highlands though. The region is also home to a couple of award-winning breweries who champion craft beer.

The Black Isle Brewery is a small independent brewery in Ross-shire. The barley and hops used are grown on organic farms and the award-winning range of beer includes the delicious Yellowhammer, Champion Beer of Scotland in 2009.

Enjoy refreshing traditional ale with a fresh new edge at Cairngorm Brewery in Aviemore, which has a small shop and offers tours with samples of their ales, or you can try beers from the Atlas Brewery in Kinlochleven or visit the micro-brewery in Glenfinnan.

The Isle of Skye Brewery was established in 1995 and produces ales made from premium quality grains, crushed in their own mill. There is a small shop at the brewery where you can buy the products.

Wine

Look out for the variety of wines produced by Highland Wineries, who operate out of Moniack Castle near Inverness. Although closed to the public, you can still sample the wine, including the renowned Moniack Mead and fruit liqueurs.

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  1. Ben Nevis Distillery

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    Fort William

    Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland and is home to The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre.

  2. The Balvenie Distillery

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    Dufftown

    The Balvenie is unlike all other single malt Scotch whiskies, thanks to a unique combination of human craft and natural alchemy.

  3. The Glenlivet Distillery

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    Glenlivet

    Welcome to The Glenlivet Distillery

  4. Aberlour Distillery

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    Aberlour

    Experience the whisky distillation process first-hand, with a tour of Aberlour Distillery.

  5. Strathisla Distillery

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    Keith

    With its distinctive pagodas, cobbled courtyard and picturesque buildings, Strathisla Distillery is arguably the most beautiful distillery in Scotland.

  6. TRIAN Tours

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    Bonar Bridge

    Welcome to TRIAN Tours

  7. Macallan Distillery

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    Craigellachie

    In the heart of the beautiful Macallan Estate, personal service and a warm greeting await every guest at the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Centre.

  8. Drumbeg Stores

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    Drumbeg

  9. Glen Moray Distillery

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    Elgin

    A warm welcome awaits you at this friendly and informal working distillery in Elgin, the capital of Speyside.

  10. Tomatin Distillery

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    Tomatin

    Tomatin Distillery is located just 16 miles north of Aviemore and 15 miles south of Inverness on the main A9 trunk route. Visit the distillery and take a tour to learn more about the whisky making process and taste our fine whisky.

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