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Scottish Gin Distilleries & Tastings

Did you know that 70 percent of gin produced in the UK is actually made north of the border?

It all began way back in the 1700s when the first bottles of fiery Dutch Jenever were traded in the Port of Leith in Edinburgh. Maybe it was the Scottish junipers used in the drink’s creation, but the tipple became so popular that Scottish distilleries soon appeared and began making their own versions.

Scotland has been home to many of the world's best-selling brands such as Gordon’s, Tanqueray and Hendricks for years. But recently, Scottish gin has enjoyed the attention it richly deserves, with a 50 percent spike in producers in the last year alone.

That all adds up to over 50 producers across the country, from Newton Stewart in the south to Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Islands, in the north. You'll find a superb range of Scottish gins of various styles in our bars and shops, infused with some wonderful natural and locally-sourced organics and botanics.

If you're not sure which Scottish gin to try have a look at Scotland's Gin Map to find your ideal choice. Find out more about Scottish gins below and in our fascinating facts page.

Gin Tastings

Plenty of bars across the country stock artisan craft gins, but you'll find that some city establishments (and some rural businesses such as A.D. Rattray in Ayrshire) pride themselves on being experts in the spirit and offer special tasting menus and gin flights. Here's just a few you can try:

Share your favourite gin tipples using #scottishgin and #visitscotland!