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.

Click on the map to find out more, or browse the distillery listings below to enjoy a behind the scenes tour.

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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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    Kingsbarns

    Welcome to Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre

  2. Bowmore Distillery

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    Bowmore

    Visit the first recorded distillery on Islay and one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland.

  3. Glenfarclas Distillery

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    Glenlivet

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

  4. Edradour Distillery

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    Pitlochry

    Here in Pitlochry, at the smallest distillery in Scotland, we produce Edradour 10-year-single malt whisky.

  5. Macallan Distillery

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    Craigellachie

    In the heart of the beautiful Macallan Estate, personal service and a warm greeting await every guest at the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Centre.

  6. Bunnahabhain Distillery

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    Islay

    This remote distillery on the Isle of Islay is one of the most unique on the island.

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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.

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    Campbeltown

    Scotland’s national drink has been produced at Springbank Whisky Distillers and today it is one of the oldest family-run and owned distilleries in Scotland.

  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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    Rothes

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

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