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Malt Whisky and Speyside

Whisky is what has made Speyside famous around the globe – names like Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet and Macallan.
The area has over half of all Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries, its success as an industry being based on the cool clear water, rich ripe barley
and ideal climate for slow maturation which make the Speyside area single malt whiskies world leaders.

Around every corner in this stunningly attractive corner of Scotland is a hidden distillery gem producing its
own distinctive whisky – many welcome visitors and allow you to sample their products and learn about each distillery’s special magic.

In addition, the area boasts the only cooperage open to the public, Speyside Cooperage at Craigellachie,
and the area’s only Whisky and Heritage Centre in Dufftown, and two specialist whisky retailers,
The Whisky Shop in Dufftown and The Whisky Castle in Tomintoul. Tasting evenings are held regularly at various venues during the summer,
and Speyside hosts two whisky festivals a year – Spirit of Speyside in early May and The Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival in late September.

Come and discover a dram to remember…

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Aberlour Distillery »

Aberlour Distillery

Charlestown of Aberlour

This exclusive, fascinating and in-depth Whisky tour of the distillery allows visitors plenty of time to enjoy a memorable experience. Relaxed and informal, you have the chance to nose and taste new distillate and five of our best single malts.

Balvenie Distillery »

Balvenie Distillery


Our aim is to give you a truly personal experience, for this reason our tours are limited to a maximum of eight people. The tour lasts for around two and a half hours and costs £25 per person.

Cardhu Distillery »

Cardhu Distillery


The only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as 'silky' and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker scotch whiskies.

Cragganmore Distillery »

Cragganmore Distillery


Cragganmore Distillery, on the banks of the river Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the revered Speyside region. Come along and savour the atmosphere, on a unique journey around the distillery.

Glen Grant Distillery »

Glen Grant Distillery


From the moment it was first created in 1840, the clean distinctive taste and pale gold colour of Glen Grant have set it apart from other single malt Scotch whiskies. Discover the extraordinary life and times of our most famous guardian, Major James Grant.

Glenfarclas Distillery »

Glenfarclas Distillery


The story of Glenfarclas is as rich and colourful as the whisky that bears its name. It is the story of one family, the Grants, who since purchasing the distillery in 1865, have been united in the creation of the perfect Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky.

Glenfiddich Distillery »

Glenfiddich Distillery


In the heart of the Highlands, surrounded by forest, the ruins of a medieval castle and a natural spring, is a landscape little changed since 1886, when Glenfiddich's founder, William Grant, gathered his family of nine children to build the distillery with their bare hands.

Glenlivet Distillery »

The Glenlivet Distillery


The Single Malt that started it all. Since 1824 the wild and remote setting of Glenlivet distillery has been the home of the single malt that inspired the Speyside region. Come and discover the secrets of the greatest malt whisky of all -The Glenlivet.

Macallan Distillery »

The Macallan Distillery


High on a hill overlooking the River Spey, with magnificent views across to Ben Rinnes, The Macallan Visitor Centre nestles within the glorious Easter Elchies Estate at Craigellachie. Discover the extraordinary care and attention to quality that lies behind our legendary Single Malt whisky.

Speyside Cooperage »

Speyside Cooperage


In the heart of Scotland’s rolling hills lies Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering. Since 1947, the family owned Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival »

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Throughout Speyside 3rd - 7th May 2018

Unique tours and tastings, many at distilleries not normally open to visitors, opportunities to meet the experts, matching food and whisky events, a local food fair, masterclasses and lectures, wildlife walks with whisky treats, drama and comedy, mountainbiking tours and many more entertaining events.

Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival »

Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival

Dufftown - 27th September - Monday 1st October 2018

Explore the pairing of whisky with foods such as salmon, cheese, or chocolate under the guidance of well known whisky experts. The best of Scotland's culture is on show alongside the celebration of its national drink plus music, dancing, exhibitions, pipe bands and food and craft fairs.