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  • Looking towards Glenlivet Distillery
    Glenlivet Distillery
  • The Malt Whisky Trail sign on the A941, Moray
    The Malt Whisky Trail sign on the A941, Moray
  • A cooper at work at the Speyside Cooperage, Craigellachie
    A cooper at work at the Speyside Cooperage, Craigellachie

Wherever you end up eating, a wonderful way of finishing off an exquisite meal is with a dram of Highland malt whisky or a local ale. Or why not find out more about how these wonderful drinks are produced with a behind the scenes tour of Highlands distillery or brewery?

Whisky

Scotland's national drink plays an important part in the food and drink of the Highlands, with no fewer than 20 distilleries producing a range of distinctive malts and blends. There's the Malt Whisky Trail which should not be missed and several specialist whisky shops which boast impressive collections of Scotland's national drink. Find out more about whisky in the Highlands.

Beers and ales

It’s not all whisky in the Highlands though. The region is also home to a couple of award-winning breweries who champion craft beer.

The Black Isle Brewery is a small independent brewery in Ross-shire. The barley and hops used are grown on organic farms and the award-winning range of beer includes the delicious Yellowhammer, Champion Beer of Scotland in 2009.

Enjoy refreshing traditional ale with a fresh new edge at Cairngorm Brewery in Aviemore, which has a small shop and offers tours with samples of their ales, or you can try beers from the Atlas Brewery in Kinlochleven or visit the micro-brewery in Glenfinnan.

The Isle of Skye Brewery was established in 1995 and produces ales made from premium quality grains, crushed in their own mill. There is a small shop at the brewery where you can buy the products.

Wine

Look out for the variety of wines produced by Highland Wineries, who operate out of Moniack Castle near Inverness. Although closed to the public, you can still sample the wine, including the renowned Moniack Mead and fruit liqueurs.

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  1. Macallan Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    5 Visitor Attraction

    Craigellachie

    An hour and a half at this famous distillery, allows you to join a 45 minute tour, stroll around the grounds, watch a video and enjoy a dram in the new visitor centre.

  2. Aberlour Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Rothes

    An in-depth tour of Aberlour Distillery so that the discerning visitor can enjoy the true Aberlour Experience.

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Dalwhinnie

    A visit to Dalwhinnie, at over 1073 feet one of the highest distilleries in the land, is an opportunity to sample the `Gentle Spirit` of the glen.

  4. Glenfarclas Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenlivet

    Glenfarclas is one of the few independent distilleries left in Scotland.

  5. Glen Moray Distillery

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    Distilleries

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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.

  6. Gradings

    Glenlivet

    Cragganmore Distillery, on the banks of the River Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the revered Speyside region.

  7. Pulteney Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    Wick

    The Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the mainland, and continues to make malt whisky using traditional methods nearly two centuries after its opening. A tour is the ideal way to experience this craftsmanship first hand.

  8. The Glenfiddich Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    Dufftown

    Set in the heart of the Highlands, Glenfiddich is a place of breathtaking beauty. The vibrant colours of an artist's palette fill the hills and forests, while haunting castle ruins and a bubbling natural spring add to the romance.

  9. Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Auldearn

    Pick you own top quality fruit and vegetables and enjoy a walk round our farm and see the huge variety of fruit and vegetables growing in our fields and polytunnels.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Forres

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

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