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 if you have never tried this tipple before, due to their lighter, sweet and floral tones. As a result, malts from this region have earned themselves the collective nickname of the 'Lowland Ladies'.
The area has long, historic associations with whisky, with Friar John Cor producing whisky at Lindores Abbey in 1494 for King James IV. Although you'll find fewer distilleries here than regions further north, this is an area growing in whisky production.
Lindores Abbey Distillery, for example, re-opened in 2017 and whisky production returned to Glasgow in 2017 with the opening of the Clydeside Distillery and Glasgow Distillery Company. More distilleries are planned in the coming years and you can learn more about these in our new distilleries blog post.
Lowland whiskies in a nutshell
- Number of distilleries: 18
- Oldest distillery: Auchentoshan (1800)
- Most popular distillery: Glenkinchie
- Flavour profile: light, unpeated, floral, citrusy, sweet