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A loft of Highland cows
EXCLUSIVE: Scotland's whisky-flavoured milk

Take a look at the fold of Highland cows who have started producing a creamy, whisky-tasting milk

A glass of whisky - to promote responsible drinking
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Ask people what they associate most with Scotland and you'll probably get a variety of answers - tartan, haggis, golf and Robert Burns would certainly all be mentioned. But the most common answer is likely to be whisky. Acknowledged as Scotland's national drink, whisky - in the Gaelic 'uisge beatha' (pronounced oosh-ga beh-huh), meaning water of life - has been produced here for longer than anyone can remember.

Something that began centuries ago as a way of using up rain-soaked barley after a wet harvest in Scotland, whisky is a huge part of Scotland’s national culture and is now one of the country's biggest earners, bringing billions of pounds into the British economy every year.

Distillery visits are a great way to see some of Scotland's finest scenery, a place you can relax and take in the view as you sample a nice malt whisky. Find out more about the art of creating Scotch whisky with exclusive behind the scenes tours of some of the country’s famous distilleries in one of Scotland’s five whisky-producing regions.

One in particular, Speyside, is often called ‘Malt Whisky Country’ and is home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries and the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail, making it a whisky lover’s paradise. Follow the fantastic Malt Whisky Trail and see the amber nectar being made from barrel to bottle. Discover seven unique working distilleries, one historic distillery and the Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you can witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and even have a go at making your own mini-cask.

Make sure you try some Scotch whisky when you visit Scotland at special whisky festivals or at renowned whisky bars across the country where you can enjoy expert-led whisky tasting sessions. There is a whisky to suit everyone's taste - from Scotch malt whisky to blended varieties - and it is sure to surprise you.

  • A cooper at work at the Speyside Cooperage, Craigellachie
    A cooper at work at the Speyside Cooperage, Craigellachie
  • Rows of oak casks stacked at a whisky distillery © Scotch Whisky Association
    Stacked rows of oak casks - © Scotch Whisky Association
  • Whisky is poured into nosing glasses at a whisky tasting session.
    Whisky tasting
  • Bottles of whisky behind the bar at Òran Mór, Glasgow.
    Whisky collection at Òran Mór, Glasgow
  • Fuegos artificiales en el festival Spirit of Speyside, en la región de Moray
    Fuegos artificiales en el festival Spirit of Speyside
The mash tun at Glen Garioch Distillery, Oldmeldrum

About whisky

Discover more about whisky, Scotland's national drink, from its history to the whisky production.

Looking across to the main buldings of the Cardhu Distillery

Distilleries

Discover more about the Scotch whisky regions of Scotland and the distilleries you can visit.

Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Isle of Lewis

Whisky trails

Follow the Malt Whisky Trail or western coast whisky itineraries and uncover Scotland’s whisky regions.

A man noses a glass of whisky at a whisky tasting.

Whisky tastings

Follow our comprehensive guide on what to look out for when tasting Scotch whisky.

Whisky bottles behind a bar at Òran Mór, Glasgow.

Whisky bars

Stop in at one of Scotland's oldest and award-winning whisky bars and sample a wee dram or a whisky cocktail.

Fuegos artificiales en el festival Spirit of Speyside, en la región de Moray

Whisky events and festivals

Discover whisky festivals and events where you can sample and celebrate our national drink.

Whisky Month 2014

Whisky Month 2014

Explore the unique flavours of Scotch whisky at the diverse range of events and festivals as part of Scotland’s Whisky Month in May.