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Scottish Whisky Distilleries

There are over 120 active distilleries spread across Scotland, which are split into five whisky-producing regions; Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Where a whisky is made can have a huge bearing on its flavour, everything from the source of the water to the presence of peat in the local area will come through in the taste.

Browse the listings in our Scotland's Whisky Map below to learn more about our distilleries and find a behind-the-scenes whisky tour near you.

Scotland's whisky map

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Lowland

Whisky regions
The distilleries of the Lowland region can be found picturesquely set amongst the lush, rolling countryside of southern Scotland. Reflecting the gentle, rolling hillscapes and fertile farmlands, Lowland Scotch whiskies offer the perfect introduction to single malts.

Known For

Juicy, Oak & Vanilla

Light & Delicate

Highland

Highlands
With no fewer than 47 distilleries spread across the Highlands and islands, this region is by far Scotland's largest geographical whisky producing area. The region probably boasts the widest array of styles and is home to some of whisky’s most famous names.

Known For

Juicy, Oak & Vanilla

Deep, Rich & Dried Fruit

Lightly Peated

Campbeltown

Campbeltown
Although Campbeltown is Scotland's smallest whisky-producing region, consisting of just three distilleries, its single malts boast unique characteristics that are considered by serious malt lovers to represent a distinct region in its own right.

Known For

Lightly Peated

Peated

Speyside

Speyside
Speyside is quite simply whisky heaven! By far the largest producing and arguably the most famous of Scotland's whisky regions, this breathtaking area sits in a fertile valley of rivers and secluded glens and is home to over half of Scotland's distilleries.

Known For

Juicy, Oak & Vanilla

Deep, Rich & Dried Fruit

Old & Dignified

Islay

Islay
Regarded by many as 'whisky island', Islay lies in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. It might be just 25 miles long and 15 miles wide, but Islay punches well above its weight with 9 distilleries on the island.

Known For

Heavily Peated

Oily & Coastal

Old & Dignified

Whisky Distilleries in Scotland

Scotland's distilleries come in all shapes and sizes, from large ones with innovative displays and interactive exhibits explaining the process, to small ones which have preserved their distilling techniques and secrets since the 18th century.

Here are a just a few distilleries that you might want to visit:

And, there are new ones opening every year. Keep an eye out for Scotland's newest distilleries.

Explore more of Scotland's distilleries on our listings below.

Whisky Tours

There are many fantastic whisky tours to enjoy, each offering opportunities to learn about how the spirit is made. On a tour, expect to hear from the people behind the whisky, discover the art of constructing the barrel and find out how the master distillers craft the flavour to absolute perfection. And of course, you will get the chance to sample a dram or two! Each whisky is unique, so why not visit a few distilleries and see if you can find your favourite? 

There are lots of ways to learn about whisky on tours that are tailored to your interests, including:

  • Regional whisky tours
  • Bespoke and personalised whisky experiences
  • Whisky cruises
  • Whisky with golf, castles and Scottish history

Find a whisky tour.

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