If you’re coming to Scotland on holiday, then be sure to visit one of Scotland’s whisky distilleries. Not only will you have a great day out, but you’ll be able to learn about the history of Scotland’s favourite drink and get a chance to sample it.
“Scotch” dates back to the 15th century when it was first recorded at Lindores distillery, Newburgh (Fife) in 1494. Interestingly, Lindores has recently re-opened, with its first batch expected to be produced in 2023. Our country has over 120 whisky distilleries and exports 1.28 billion bottles of the tipple across the world.
Highland Tours Perthshire has compiled a summary of five of Whisky distilleries – all of which are included in our bespoke Whisky Tours. In no particular order, here goes:
1. The Glenturret
Situated in Crieff, Perthshire, Glenturret Distillery is Scotland’s oldest working distillery. Steeped in history, the distillery’s strapline “by hand and by heart” is fitting with the business, which continues to operate using manual processes to help it thrive. Staff are passionate about The Glenturret and keen to share its story. The distillery is child-friendly and as well as tours, it has a bar on site, as well as a café and shop. Its signature whisky, The Glenturret Single Malt, is available in different editions, each with their own twist. All tour visitors (apart from children!) get to try or take home a taste of The Glenturret experience.
More information: www.theglenturret.com
Dewar’s Distillery is nestled in the heart of Perthshire in the picturesque town of Aberfeldy. Producing a variety of blends and malts of various ages, it is the perfect stop for any whisky connoisseur. Whiskies produced at Dewar’s include: Dewar’s, Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla and The Deveron.
Tours at Dewar’s are both informative and interactive, telling the story behind the name. Visitors can relax in the whisky lounge and meander into the shop and café. It’s child friendly too, with children being welcomed on tours when accompanied by an adult. We’ve also found on our family guided tours that kids love driving by the static Dewar’s train, situated in the grounds of the distillery.
For more information visit www.dewars.com.
Dalwhinnie Distillery is set in the Cairngorm National Park in the village of Dalwhinnie. As the highest distillery in Scotland and surrounded by glorious countryside, the setting of this (VisitScotland) 5-star attraction helps to give visitors a truly Scottish experience. Famous for producing single malt scotch whisky, its 15-Year-Old is known as “the gentle spirit”.
With various tours available at the distillery, there’s sure to be something for everyone - our favourite tour has to be the Whisky and Chocolate Tasting Tour! As well as seeing the distillery in action, guests can enjoy a browse in the distillery shop.
More information here: Dalwhinnie website
4. Blair Athol Distillery
Situated at Pitlochry in Perthshire, this working distillery uses water from the Allt Dour burn to make its famous 12-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky. The whisky is described as mellow and deep and visitors can try it for themselves in a range of tours offered at the distillery.
As well as its 12-year-Old single malt, Blair Athol is also used in Bell’s whisky blend, adding its own twist to the popular Scotch. Guests can enjoy taking part in a host of tours offered at the distillery, where they will be able to try it for themselves.
More information: Blair Athol Distillery.
Eradour is a single malt that has been produced in the tiny village of Eradour since 1825. Known as “a model village”, the quaintness of this picturesque village adds to the Eradour Distillery experience. As well as whisky tours, the distillery offers whisky tastings and corporate events.
For more information visit: www.eradour.com.
SOME TIPS BEFORE YOU BOOK:
> If you have children, be sure to check that they are allowed to take part on a tour.
> Check the opening times before you visit, as many of the distilleries will operate in shorter hours out-of-season.
> If there are people visiting with mobility restrictions, check the access information, as some have stairs to climb, which might make a visit difficult.
> If travelling from overseas, why not ask the distillery to deliver your whisky purchases straight to your home.
Highland Tours Perthshire has a range of distillery tours on offer, which take in other sight-seeing activity too and allow all visitors to enjoy a tipple, without having to worry about transport. Although we have featured five distilleries in this blog, Scotland has many more distilleries to showcase that offer fantastic experiences. We and can tailor your trip depending on your needs and desires.