Uisge beatha – “Water of life”.
In Scotland there are 5 Whisky producing regions that produce Single Malt whisky. These are Highland Malt whisky, Lowland Malt whisky, Campbeltown Malt whisky, Speyside Malt whisky and Islay Malt whisky. There is also Grain whiskies. Most whisky bought is blended whisky which mixes both Grain and Malt whisky together. These are whiskies such as Famous Grouse & Johnie Walker.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a wee dram. Single Malt whisky would be drunk on its own or with a small dash of water.
The Island of Islay off the West coast of Scotland is home to 9 distilleries; Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.
This region encompasses Fife, Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the central belt down to the Scottish borders. There are 16 whiskies: Aberargie, Ailsa Bay, Annandale, Auchentoshan, Bladnoch, Borders, Clydeside, Daftmill, Eden Mill, Glasgow, Glenkinchie, Halewood chain pier, Holyrood, Inchdairnie, Kingsbarns and Lindores Abbey.
There are 48 distilleries including; Aberfeldy, Abhainn Dearg, Arbikie, Ardmore, Ardnamurchan, Arran, Balblair, Ben Nevis, Blair Athol, Clynelish, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Deanston, Dornoch, Edradour, Fettercairn, Glencadam, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh, Glengoyne, Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Deeside, Glenturret, Glenwyvis, Highland Park, Isle of Harris, Isle of Jura, Loch Lomond, Lone Wolf, Maduff, Lagg, Ncn’ean, Oban, Pulteney, Isle of Raasay, Royal Brackla, Royal Lochnagar, Scapa, Strathearn, Talisker, Teaninich, Tobermory, Tomatin, Torabhaig, Tullibardine and Wolfburn.
Speyside is located along the river Spey. This area has the most distilleries in Scotland. In total there are 50 distilleries in this ares. These are; Aberlour, Allt A’Bhainne, Auchroisk, Aultmore, Ballindalloch, Balmenach, Balvenie, Benriach, Benrinnes, Benromach, Braeval, Cardhu, Cragganmore, Craigellachie, Dailuaine, Dalmmunach, Glenallachie, Glenburgie, Glendullan, Glen Elgin, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glen Keith, Dufftown, Glenlivet, Glenossie, Glen Moray, Glenrothes, Glen Spey, Glentauchers, Inchgower, Kininvie, Knockando, Knockdhu, Macallan, Mannochmore, Linkwood, Mortlach, Miltonduff,Longmorn, Roseisle, Speyburn, Speyside, Strathisla, Strathmill, Tamdhu, Tamnavulin, Tomintoul and Tordmore.
Campbeltown is a town situated on the Mull of Kintyre, There is 3 distilleries. These are Glengyle, Glen Scotia & Springbank.
Grain Whisky is produced in the following distilleries; Cameronbridge, Girvan, Invergordon, Loch Lomond, North British, Starlaw and Strathclyde.
Many of the distilleries offer tours and it is recommended to book for these in advance during the summer months.
Benromach Distillery & Visitor Centre
For more information and to book a distillery tour visit the Benromach Website.
For more information and to book a distillery tour visit the Bowmore Website.
Old Pulteney Distillery
For more information and to book a distillery tour visit the Old Pulteney Website.