If you’re a whisky fan, there’s no better time to visit Scotland than May, otherwise known as Whisky Month.
Go on a whisky pilgrimage around the five whisky producing regions – Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside – to visit some of the distilleries from these distinct regions. Sample some of the whisky from each and see if you can pick out the tasting notes that embody the area.
Make sure to raise a toast on 18 May, which is known as World Whisky Day.
Things to see and do
During May, there is a range of whisky events going on at various locations throughout the country.
Head to Moray Speyside for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which takes place from 1 – 6 May 2019. This six-day whisky extravaganza packs in a huge range of events, from behind-the-scenes distillery tours to whisky and food pairings, sensory experiences and ceilidhs.
A few days later, from 10 – 17 May 2019, the Highland Whisky Festival gets under way. Choose from a host of great events, including exclusive tastings and tours, at eight iconic Highland distilleries - Balblair, Clynelish, Glenmorangie, Old Pulteney, The Dalmore, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Tomatin and Wolfburn.
Running from 10 – 12 May 2019, the Stirling Whisky Festival will bring together the people behind some of Scotland’s best distilleries. Choose samples from over 100 different malts and join expert masterclasses.
Taking place on 18 May 2019, the Edinburgh Whisky Stramash promises lots of great experiences to take part in, distillery staff to meet and chat to, and over 200 whiskies from around the world to choose samples from.
Finishing up the month, Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival Of Music And Malt, takes place from 24 May – 1 June 2019 on the enchanting island of Islay. Join in distillery events and enjoy the distinct flavours of the different whiskies, including the peaty aromas that are the signature of Islay malts.
On top of all the whisky events there are lots of other great events and festivals taking place in Scotland in May; plus, find more whisky festivals taking place throughout the year.
Places to check out include the Seven Stills and the Dowans Hotel in Moray Speyside, Brea and Hermann’s in Stirling, Kyloe and Origano in Edinburgh, and the Port Charlotte Hotel and the SeaSalt Bistro on Islay.
From Edinburgh, Moray Speyside is 3 hours 45 minutes by car or 4 hours 10 minutes by train, and Stirling is 1 hour 15 minutes by car or 45 minutes by train.
To get to Islay, simply board the ferry at Kennacraig in Argyll and sail to Port Ellen (2 hours 20 minutes) or Port Askaig (1 hour 55 minutes) on Islay.
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