Distilleries

Scotland's Whisky Regions

Scotland is split into five distinctive whisky-producing regions. The same basic process is used to produce whisky across the country but subtle variations mean single malts from each region have unique characteristics and flavours.

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  • Campbeltown

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    Campbeltown

    Campbeltown, the small coastal town at the tip of the Kintyre peninsula, once boasted over 30 local distilleries but now has just three. Nevertheless, they are still considered by serious malt lovers to represent a distinct region in their own right.

    Single malts produced here are noticeable for their briny character and some boast peaty notes.

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  • Islay

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    Islay

    Pronounced "eye-luh", this is the greatest of whisky-producing islands. It is only 25 miles long, but has no fewer than eight distilleries.

    It’s covered in peat which is exposed to rain and sea spray. Harvested and used to malt the barley used in distilling, the peat gives the single malts here their characteristic smoky flavour with some salty, seaweed notes.

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  • Speyside

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    Speyside

    The biggest region in terms of production, half of all Scottish distilleries can be found here.

    Speyside single malts are noted in general for their elegance and complexity, sometimes with a refined smokiness but more often a fruitness ranging from ripe pears to sultanas.

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  • Lowland

    Stirling

    Glasgow

    Edinburgh

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    Lowland

    There are only a handful of Lowland distilleries still operating, producing softer, lighter style single malts that are traditionally known as the 'Lowland Ladies'.

    Whiskies from here are known for their malty, zesty flavours with slightly fruity, citrusy and sometimes floral notes.

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  • Highland

    Stornoway

    Perth

    Lerwick

    Kirkwall

    Inverness

    Dundee

    Aberdeen

    Isle of Skye

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    Highland

    By far the biggest region geographically, the Highland malts inevitably embrace wide and robust flavour variations.

    Generally heavier and drier in character compared to other regions, whiskies from here often have nutty, honey, heather or peaty notes. Distilleries near the sea also have some salty, maritime influences in their malts.

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  1. Glen Garioch Distillery

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    Oldmeldrum

    Established in 1797, Glen Garioch, (pronounced 'Geery') is Scotland's most easterly distillery and is situated in the historic old town of Oldmeldrum near Aberdeen.

  2. Ben Nevis Distillery

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    Fort William

    Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland and is home to The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre.

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    Campbeltown

    Learn about the fascinating life and times of Campbeltown at its superb local history museum.

  4. Annandale Distillery

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    Annan

    Please note that we are temporarily closing to the public as of 9th February for 7 weeks to enable cobbling of the courtyard. The re-awakening of Annandale Distillery means that fine Single Malt Scotch whisky will flow again in Dumfries&Galloway.

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    Brora

    Founded by the Duke of Sutherland in 1819, the Clynelish Distillery is steeped in history and full of flavour.

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    Aberfeldy

    Your visit to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, Scotland's most exciting and innovative brand home combines tradition with the latest interactive technology to tell the story of the Dewar family.

  7. Edinburgh Gin Distillery

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    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Located in the beating heart of Scotland’s capital, the Edinburgh Gin Distillery is a destination quite unlike any other. It’s here that we produce small batches of gin, inspired by the majesty, marvel and mischief of Edinburgh and its inhabitants.

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    Rothes

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

  9. Ardbeg Distillery

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    Islay

    Located on the rugged shores of Islay, Ardbeg Distillery is revered by whisky connoisseurs the world over.

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    Port Askaig

    Sheltered in a hidden bay just north of Port Askaig, is set amongst stunning scenery is now the largest malt whisky distillery on Islay.

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