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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    Brora

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

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    Crieff

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    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.

  4. Pulteney Distillery

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    Wick

    The Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly on the mainland, and continues to make malt whisky using traditional methods nearly two centuries after its opening.

  5. Isle of Jura Distillery

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    Jura

    Visit this small distillery located on one of Scotland’s most spectacular but remote islands.

  6. 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.

  7. Laphroaig Distillery

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    Port Ellen

    See where the world’s most richly flavoured whisky is produced in the Isle of Islay.

  8. 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.

  9. Auchentoshan Distillery

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    Clydebank

    Established in 1823, Auchentoshan (pronounced Ock-un-tosh-un) Distillery is on the mainland of Scotland, situated on the A82 between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

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    Doune

    Located 8 miles from Stirling and just 45min from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Deanston Distillery sits by the River Teith at the entrance to the dramatic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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