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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. Cairngorm Brewery

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    Aviemore

    The Cairngorm Brewery Company, established in 2001, is situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland.

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    • 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.

  3. Isle of Skye Brewery

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    Skye

    The Isle of Skye Brewery was established in April 1995, the first commercial brewery in Skye and the Western Isles.

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Rothes

    Share with us the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as "silky" and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends.

  5. Tomatin Distillery

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Tomatin

    Tomatin Distillery is located just 16 miles north of Aviemore and 15 miles south of Inverness on the main A9 trunk route. Visit the distillery and take a tour to learn more about the whisky making process and taste our fine whisky.

  6. 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.

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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.

  8. Ben Nevis Distillery

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    Fort William

    The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, built into an old warehouse dating from 1862 and former bottling hall, which still retains some of its original features.

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    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.

  10. The Glenlivet Distillery

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
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    Glenlivet

    Revered by connoisseurs, flattered by imitators, The Glenlivet can only be made in one particular spot, in a single glen, in the heart of Scotland's malt whisky-making country.

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