Distilleries

Scotland's Whisky Regions

Scotland is split into five distinctive whisky-producing regions. The same basic process is used to produce whisky across the country but subtle variations mean single malts from each region have unique characteristics and flavours.

Click on the map to find out more, or browse the distillery listings below to enjoy a behind the scenes tour.

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  • Campbeltown

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    Campbeltown

    Campbeltown, the small coastal town at the tip of the Kintyre peninsula, once boasted over 30 local distilleries but now has just three. Nevertheless, they are still considered by serious malt lovers to represent a distinct region in their own right.

    Single malts produced here are noticeable for their briny character and some boast peaty notes.

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  • Islay

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    Islay

    Pronounced "eye-luh", this is the greatest of whisky-producing islands. It is only 25 miles long, but has no fewer than eight distilleries.

    It’s covered in peat which is exposed to rain and sea spray. Harvested and used to malt the barley used in distilling, the peat gives the single malts here their characteristic smoky flavour with some salty, seaweed notes.

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  • Speyside

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    Speyside

    The biggest region in terms of production, half of all Scottish distilleries can be found here.

    Speyside single malts are noted in general for their elegance and complexity, sometimes with a refined smokiness but more often a fruitness ranging from ripe pears to sultanas.

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  • Lowland

    Stirling

    Glasgow

    Edinburgh

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    Lowland

    There are only a handful of Lowland distilleries still operating, producing softer, lighter style single malts that are traditionally known as the 'Lowland Ladies'.

    Whiskies from here are known for their malty, zesty flavours with slightly fruity, citrusy and sometimes floral notes.

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  • Highland

    Stornoway

    Perth

    Lerwick

    Kirkwall

    Inverness

    Dundee

    Aberdeen

    Isle of Skye

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    Highland

    By far the biggest region geographically, the Highland malts inevitably embrace wide and robust flavour variations.

    Generally heavier and drier in character compared to other regions, whiskies from here often have nutty, honey, heather or peaty notes. Distilleries near the sea also have some salty, maritime influences in their malts.

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  1. Aberlour Distillery

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

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    Port Askaig

    Sheltered in a hidden bay just north of Port Askaig, is set amongst stunning scenery is now the largest malt whisky distillery on Islay.

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    Kirkwall

    Founded in 1798 by notorious smuggler Magnus Eunson.

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    Balmoral

    Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience.

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    Pencaitland

    The home of 'The Edinburgh Malt' is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian and houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings. From 16th June to 31st October, we will be offering daily luxury, return transport services b

  6. 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.

  7. Glen Garioch Distillery

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    Oldmeldrum

    Established in 1797, Glen Garioch, (pronounced 'Geery') is Scotland's most easterly distillery and is situated in the historic old town of Oldmeldrum near Aberdeen.

  8. Bruichladdich Distillery

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    Islay

    One of nine distilleries found on Islay, Bruichladdich still uses traditional Victorian machinery to make its whisky.

  9. Dewar's World Of Whisky

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    Aberfeldy

    Your visit to Dewar's World of Whisky, Scotland's most exciting and innovative brand home combines tradition with the latest interactive technology to tell the story of the Dewar family.

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    Kingsbarns

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