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 15 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.
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is going virtual this year from 28 April - 3 May 2021 with plans to move the full festival to the 3 - 8 November 2021. This whisky extravaganza includes highlights such as a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Scotland's newest and most contemporary distilleries, Dalmunach Distillery, an exploration of Benriach's World of Flavour and new portfolio with Global Brand Ambassador Stewart Buchanan and a whistle-stop virtual tasting tour of Malt Whisky Country with the Malt Whisky Trail.
Running two sessions on the 8 May 2021 is the Stirling Whisky Festival, bringing together the people behind some of Scotland’s best distilleries. Join expert masterclasses and sample some of the country's finest malts.
Taking place from 21 - 23 May 2021, 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 and coming to a screen near you is Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival Of Music And Malt. Running from 28 May - 1 June 2021, join virtual distillery events and enjoy the distinct flavours of the different whiskies, including the peaty aromas that are the signature of the Islay malts.
On top of all the whisky events there are lots of other great events and festivals taking place in Scotland in May and 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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