The whisky festival experience

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What a great way to visit Scotland. A whisky festival has it all – amazing countryside, fascinating people, fabulous food and of course, a wee dram or two.

A whisky festival is all about the people. It’s the wonderful folk who work in the distilleries and know every nook and cranny and enthuse about their distillery’s range. It’s the whisky experts who just love finding the right malt just for you – even if you’ve professed not to like whisky. It’s the delight the staff in your hotel or B&B have in making you welcome.

You’ll find a diverse range of visitors to a festival. You’ll find a visitor from Germany who has sampled 1000 drams over 5 years, and plenty of people yet to taste their first dram. Children are very welcome – plenty of activities are laid on. At the recent Spirit of Speyside Festival which kicked off May’s Whisky Month celebrations we came across so many visitors that come back year on year as there’s always something new.

 

You can rejoice in the wonderful Scottish landscape – you might just find a long hilly walk with the promise of some fine malt at the top or the chance to amble along a path that was an old railway and blissfully flat. There’s often special transport to get you from one distillery to another – so you can taste what you like with no restrictions. You can eat at a grand dinner held at a distillery or at a local pub. You’ll of course have the chance to sample fine local foods including wild game, Scottish salmon and local cheeses too. The whisky flavoured patés, fudges and haggis are something truly special. Music will ring in your ears at the local ceilidh where you can dance to your heart’s content or tap your feet at a Celtic concert.

Above all, a whisky festival is a unique event. You are sure to have an experience you’ll never forget! It’s my ideal way of discovering Scotland through our wonderful, magical national drink.

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Danielle Ellis writes the Edinburgh Foody Blog – an exploration of the wonderful food, chefs, restaurants, producers and venues across Scotland

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