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Ardbog Day - part of the Islay Festival of Music and Malt
Explore the land of whisky

To discover Speyside, Scotland's most prolific whisky-producing region in the stunning Highlands, is to discover the taste of Scotland

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No trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling the country’s many diverse drinks. Whether you're visiting distilleries or breweries, or simply want to relax and enjoy the many bars and pubs across the country, you've come to the right place. Don't miss the tours too which cover everything from real ale to malt whisky.


There is no better way to experience Scotland's national drink than at source and the country's many distilleries perfectly showcase the complex process involved in creating their distinctive malts.

Beers and ales

Throughout the country, you can also sample smooth craft ales in breweries and microbreweries from Stewart Brewing on the outskirts of Edinburgh, to the world's smallest island brewery on Colonsay.

Wines and Ciders

Don't miss the growing number of locally-produced wines and ciders that are also proving very popular in Scotland. Enjoy the fruit wines of Cairn O’Mohr in Perthshire and the Orkney Wine Company, or sample the distinctive ciders of Waulkmill in Dumfries & Galloway.

Irn Bru

If you are looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, why not try Irn Bru, often described as Scotland's 'other national drink'? The popular carbonated soft drink, has been produced in Scotland by AG Barr since 1901. It is known for its original and unique taste.

Browse this section where you will find information on the great range of drinks from across Scotland and the best bars and pubs to sample them.

  • A barman making cocktails in the bar of the Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
    A barman making cocktails, Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow
  • A number of Isle of Arran beer bottles
    Arran beer
  • Rows of oak casks stacked at a whisky distillery © Scotch Whisky Association
    Stacked rows of oak casks - © Scotch Whisky Association
People sit at outdoor tables in a courtyard

Bars and pubs

Find great bars and pubs in Scotland where you can enjoy local produce and great beers, wines and spirits.

Visitors explore Glen Garioch Distillery, Aberdeenshire on a guided tour.


From breweries to distilleries and much more, discover fantastic drink attractions across Scotland.

Looking across to the main buldings of the Cardhu Distillery


First distilled in 1495, whisky has been part of Scottish heritage for centuries. Try a dram on the ultimate trip to Scotland.

Pickering's gin, made in Edinburgh

Scottish gin

From Shetland to North Berwick, there are many fine Scottish gin producers all across the country. Discover gin distilleries you can visit and learn about the range of wonderful botanicals used in the distilling process.

Whisky Month 2014

Whisky Month 2014

Find out about the unique flavours of Scotch whisky and what went on during Scotland’s Whisky Month in May.