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. Gradings

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    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Take a sensational journey through a replica distillery, before your expert guide imparts the secrets of the Whisky regions. Finally, you'll choose your perfect 'dram', and taste it in The World's Largest Whisky Collection.

  2. Strathearn Distillery

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    Methven

    Welcome to Strathearn Distillery

  3. Gradings

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    Dalwhinnie

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

  4. Glenglassaugh Distillery

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
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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.

  5. 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.

  6. Gradings

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    Campbeltown

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

  7. Edinburgh Gin Distillery

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    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Located in the beating heart of Scotland’s capital, the Edinburgh Gin Distillery is a destination quite unlike any other. It’s here that we produce small batches of gin, inspired by the majesty, marvel and mischief of Edinburgh and its inhabitants.

  8. Laphroaig Distillery

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    Port Ellen

    See where the world’s most richly flavoured whisky is produced in the Isle of Islay.

  9. Glen Moray Distillery

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Elgin

    A warm welcome awaits you at this friendly and informal working distillery in Elgin, the capital of Speyside.

  10. The Glenlivet Distillery

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Glenlivet

    CLOSED FROM 26TH OCTOBER 2013. RE-OPENS 31ST MARCH 2014.

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