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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. Gradings

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    Forres

    On the outskirts of the Royal Burgh and ancient market town of Forres, lies Benromach Distillery, the smallest working distillery in Moray.

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    Fort William

    Welcome to Ben Nevis Highland Centre

  3. Glen Moray Distillery

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Elgin

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

  4. Ardshealach Smokehouse

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    Smokeries & Smokehouses

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    Glenuig

    Welcome to Ardshealach Smokehouse

  5. The Balvenie Distillery

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    Dufftown

    The Balvenie is unlike all other single malt Scotch whiskies, thanks to a unique combination of human craft and natural alchemy.

  6. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Rothes

    Share the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman at the Cardhu Distillery and Visitor Centre.

  7. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Muir of Ord

    A visit to Glen Ord, on the edge of the Black Isle in the Highlands west of Inverness, is a delight to both the eye and the palate.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    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.

  9. Glenfarclas Distillery

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Glenlivet

    Glenfarclas is one of the few independent distilleries left in Scotland and provides a warm welcome in the dedicated visitor centre.

  10. The Glenfiddich Distillery

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Dufftown

    Set in the heart of the Highlands, Glenfiddich (meaning 'Valley of the Deer' in Gaelic) is a place of breathtaking beauty and home to the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Whisky.

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