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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?


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.


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. The Cheese House


    Cheese & Dairy Supplier



    The only Dutch cheese shop in the Highlands.

  2. Pulteney Distillery




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    4 Visitor Attraction


    The Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the mainland, and continues to make malt whisky using traditional methods nearly two centuries after its opening.

  3. Ben Nevis Distillery




    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    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.

  4. Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods


    Smokeries & Smokehouses



    An award-winning Smokehouse in the Highlands of Scotland, selling the finest quality smoked seafood.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Founded by the Duke of Sutherland in 1819, the Clynelish Distillery is steeped in history and full of flavour.

  6. Glenmorangie Distillery




    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its Single Highland malt Scotch whisky since 1843. Crafting the delicate spirit is entrusted to the legendary Sixteen Men of Tain.

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Enjoy a wonderful and memorable day out at Glen Grant, tour the distillery and Victorian Woodland Garden, enjoy a coffee with local homebakes in the Coffee Shop, and for those too young to tour the distillery, take part in the animal trail.

  8. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Whisky and Chocolate - a match made in heaven, Dalwhinnie Distillery tours and tastings offer something a little different.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    On the outskirts of the Royal Burgh and ancient market town of Forres, lies Benromach Distillery, the smallest working distillery in Moray.

  10. Gradings


    Welcome to Holm Mills Shopping Village


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