The Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside

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Discover Scotland’s renowned Malt Whisky Trail, the only trail of its kind in the world, through one of the country’s best-known whisky regions, Speyside. Discover the secrets behind the art of whisky creation with behind-the-scenes tours of the country’s renowned distilleries.

  • Looking across the water to Cardhu Distillery, Knockando, Moray
    Cardhu Distillery, Knockando
  • 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
  • A barman reaches for a bottle of Glen Grant Malt Whisky from the selection at a hotel in Moray
    A barman reaches for a bottle of Glen Grant Malt Whisky
  • A man whisky nosing at Strathisla Distillery near Keith, Moray
    Whisky nosing at Strathisla Distillery near Keith

A display of whisky bottles at Glenlivet Distillery Visitor Centre, BallindallochBegin your tour of Speyside’s famous distilleries by visiting The Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire. Admission is free and the guided tour gives you an insight into the intriguing history of this spectacular single malt, concluding with a complementary dram of The Glenlivet 12, 18-years-old, or Nàdurra.

Drive 13 miles north to Knockandu for your next stop on the trail, Cardhu Distillery. Take one of the two tours offered to find out more about the only malt whisky distillery pioneered by a woman. Enjoy a dedicated tasting and nosing session with an expert at the end of the Glassic Tour which includes a complementary whisky glass to take home.  

Continue 9 miles towards Dufftown, considered by many to be the heart of the Speyside whisky region, where you’ll discover the spectacular Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and you can even have a go at making your own mini-cask.

The still room of Glenfiddich Distillery, near DufftownStart your second day with a trip to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. Built by William Grant and his family over a period of 18 months, the first drops of whisky flowed from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. For a truly memorable experience, book a place on the half-day Pioneer’s Tour where you get to bottle your Glenfiddich direct from the cask and enjoy a tasting and nosing masterclass.

A quick journey to Rothes takes you to the Glen Grant Distillery, the only Scotch whisky distillery that is named after its founding owners. Explore the distillery’s beautiful Victorian Garden then take a guided tour or private tasting session to find out more about the distinctive dram.

Take a 20 minute drive to Keith and take a tour of the Strathisla Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands which dates back to 1786. One of the distillery’s fantastic tours will give you an insight into the art of blending as the distillery produces a range of Chivas Regal premium blended whiskies alongside its single malt Strathisla 12-Year-Old.

Notes and a glass of whisky from a tutored masterclass in whisky tasting at Glenlivet DistilleryEmbark on your final day of the trail with a visit to Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, where a warm welcome awaits you. Soak up the brilliant atmosphere in the distillery and watch the small, dedicated team craft the single malt on the Regular Tour or, for an in depth insight, take the Fifth Chapter Tour led by the Distillery Manager.

Take the 20 minute journey to Forres and the Benromach Distillery which is home to the world’s first fully certified organic single malt. Uncover the secrets behind creating Benromach’s beautiful malts with an Exclusive Managers Tour or enjoy the hands-on Bottle Your Own Experience tour.

After a final 10 minute drive you can complete your exploration of the Malt Whisky Trail at Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, the idea of entrepreneur Alexander Edward. Spend time looking around the distillery, which finally closed for production in 1983, and find out more about its fascinating chequered past.