Glasses are being polished as we speak and that can only mean one thing: the hotly-anticipated Whisky MonthÂ is just round the corner. It’sÂ Scotlandâ€™s first ever – and unquestionably largest ever – national celebration of the golden dram, and YOUâ€™RE INVITED to come along and celebrate whiskyÂ or uisge beathe, â€˜the water of lifeâ€™, with a packed programme of unmissable eventsÂ running between 1 – 31 May.
From one-off festivals and themed events to some of the industryâ€™s deep-rooted favourites in the likes of Edinburgh’s Whisky Stramash Festival and Feis Ile – Islay Festival of Malt and Whisky, Whisky Month brings some of the countryâ€™s finest whisky producers, great food and amazing music together with a fabulous medley of entertainment and expert-led tasting masterclasses.
Take a look at our round-up of some of the forthcoming whisky events and once youâ€™re at the event, remember to share your favourite snaps with the world using #whiskymonth and #brilliantmomentsÂ hashtags. You can find us on all the usual social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, InstagramÂ andÂ Google+.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Morayshire
Kicking off the month-long celebrations is the well-established, five-days Spirit of Speyside. With more than 50 distilleries in Speyside alone, there is plenty on offer to suit a range of tastes. Choose from over 300 events across the region, from tastings of rare whiskies to whisky-inspired walks along old smugglers’ routes and exploring the River Spey by canoe or kayak.
Whisky, Words and Wisdom Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
Head south to the town of Wigtown –Â Scotlandâ€™s National Book Town, Dumfries & Galloway, for a range of events held in the intimate settings of the town’s many bookshops. Celebrating Scotland’s amazing food and drink, there will also be food for the mind and soul – music, poetry, art, nature, history and mystery. FindÂ full programme of events.
Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival
Returning for another year of fantastic events, the hugely successful Spirit of Stirling Whisky FestivalÂ brings the country’s best whiskies right into the heart of Scotland. With over 30 distilleries exhibiting on the day and over 200 different whiskies available, make the most of this unique opportunity to see Scotland’s fantastic landscape and historical buildings, and taste its famous food and drink.
Marrying Malts and Molecules, Glasgow
Marrying Malts and MoleculesÂ is a fresh approach to whisky and promises an unusual gastronomic journey for your senses. Combining Scotch, cocktails, Scotch produce and technology, the event explores why some food combinations are delightful while others are disastrous. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event where you can find out how to create the perfect food and Scotch match.
It doesn’t matter whether youâ€™re a whisky connoisseur or an uninitiated newcomer as youâ€™re bound to discover fascinating facts and stories in a fun and stimulating way. Thereâ€™ll be exclusive behind-the-scene toursÂ of distilleries, delicious local flavours to sample and a chance to uncover Scotlandâ€™s rich history and arts and culture, while admiring the country’s breathtaking landscapes and scenery.
Explore all Whisky Month festivals and find information on dates, locations and more.