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. 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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    Oban

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

  3. Edradour Distillery

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    Pitlochry

    Here in Pitlochry, at the smallest distillery in Scotland, we produce Edradour 10-year-single malt whisky.

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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.

  5. Glenturret Distillery

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    Crieff

    Only have time to visit one distillery? Sample Scotland's favourite whisky at Scotland's oldest distillery. Open all year for guided tours, we have a restaurant, shop and BAFTA award winning show...

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    Forres

    A perfectly preserved time capsule of the distiller's art.

  7. Aberlour Distillery

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    Rothes

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

  8. Glen Moray Distillery

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    Elgin

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

  9. Fettercairn Distillery

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    Fettercairn

    Fettercairn Distillery has been in operation since 1824, making it one of Scotland's oldest malt whisky distilleries.

  10. 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.

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