- Location: Scottish Highlands
- Attraction Type: Walking and cycling trails
- Significance: Trail through a region famous for the world’s most exotic liquor
- Best Time to visit: May to September
- How to Reach: Reach Edinburgh by trains, coach or flights from any U.K. city and thereafter by road
- Nearest International Airport: Edinburgh International Airport
Scotch Whisky Trails allow you to explore fabulous destinations in Scotland, which have presented to the world the best of whiskeys. In Scotland, producing whiskey is not a process but an art, an art developed over centuries and through passion. There is not just one trail, but a number of them waiting to be explored. These Scotland whiskey trails would unravel an intriguing world where barley, yeast, peat, and water are processed and aged to create whiskey brands of different color, texture, smell and distinctive tastes. As you visit the various distilleries, you would come to know about the different varieties and brands of whiskeys processed each with its distinctive aroma and flavor.
These whiskey trails in Scotland can either be created on your own or you might follow an organized route. Scottish whiskey trails are best covered on cycles or by trekking. The Grampian Highlands are traditionally famous whiskey processing areas with distilleries in Dallas Dhu, Ardmore, Glenfiddich, Royal Lochnagar, The Balvenie, Aberfeldy, Glengarioch, and Glendromach. The Highlands comprise a separate set of distilleries, different from those of Grampian Highlands. These distilleries include Campbell, Glen Grant, Aberlour, Dalmore, Ben Nevis, Oban, Balblair, Glenmorangie, Pulteney, Tamdhu, Clynelish, Glengoyne, Talisker, and Strathisla.
The whiskey processed in the Isles of Islay and Jura territory has a distinctive taste because of using peat to a greater quantity in the malt kilns. The famous distilleries are Isle of Jura, Bowmore, Lagavulin, Ardberg, Caol Ila, Laphroaig, and Bruichladdich. Perthshire in Scotland has the oldest and smallest distilleries of the country. Dewar’s, Bell’s, Edradour, and Grouse are the renowned brands manufactured from this territory. More distilleries can be explored in Argyll, the Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Angus, and Dundee, Orkney, and Glasgow.
In Edinburgh, you would get to learn the entire manufacturing process of whiskey at the Scottish Whisky Heritage Center. An informative and interactive session makes the visit fun-filled and entertaining. Glenkinchie is a famous distillery near Edinburgh.
Staying in Scottish Whisky Trail
There are a number of pleasant accommodations along Scotch Whisky Trail. Some of these include Scot House Hotel in Cairngorms National Park, Loch Kinord Hotel in Royal Deeside, Eight Acres Hotel in Elgin, Culdearn House in Spey Valley, The Station Hotel in Portsoy, and Craiglynne Hotel in Grantown. Each of these hotels is provided with restaurants serving delectable local and international dishes.