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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    Islay

    Situated in a small bay near the south coast of Islay near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle, Lagavulin Distillery is thought to be one of the longest established distilleries in the country. Distilling on the site took place as early as 1742 and by the la

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    Drynoch

    The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. This alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt whisky is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave.

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    Campbeltown

    Learn about the fascinating life and times of Campbeltown at its superb local history museum.

  4. Ardbeg Distillery

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    Islay

    Located on the rugged shores of Islay, Ardbeg Distillery is revered by whisky connoisseurs the world over.

  5. Bunnahabhain Distillery

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    Islay

    This remote distillery on the Isle of Islay is one of the most unique on the island.

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    Campbeltown

    Scotland’s national drink has been produced at Springbank Whisky Distillers and today it is one of the oldest family-run and owned distilleries in Scotland.

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    Blackford

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

  8. Kilchoman Distillery

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    Islay

    Visit the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years.

  9. Glendronach Distillery

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    Turriff

    Take a look around one of Scotland's oldest working distilleries and discover the history and traditions of single malt whisky.

  10. 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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