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. 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.

  2. Glenmorangie Distillery

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    Tain

    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.

  3. Strathearn Distillery

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    Methven

    Welcome to Strathearn Distillery

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    Blackford

    Tullibardine Distillery produces a Highland single malt range. The visitor centre offers a range of tours and tastings.

  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.

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    Oban

    This small and historic distillery is located in the charming coast town of Oban.

  7. Auchentoshan Distillery

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    Clydebank

    Established in 1823, Auchentoshan (pronounced Ock-un-tosh-un) Distillery is on the mainland of Scotland, situated on the A82 between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

  8. Isle Of Arran Distillery

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    Lochranza

    The Isle of Arran’s first distillery is open all year round for guided tours and whisky tasting, with a variety of whiskies on sale in the gift shop.

  9. 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.

  10. Glenglassaugh Distillery

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    Portsoy

    Enjoy the stunning views over Sandend bay while you hear about the history of Glenglassaugh and get to see first-hand the traditional distilling methods still used at the distillery.

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