The Whisky Trail

From its location at the start of the Malt Whisky Trail, Tullochwood is a great place to find out more about Scotland’s most famous export. Billed as the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world, discover the best Scotland has to offer – Highland scenery, a beautiful coastline and attractive towns and villages and visit the distilleries and cooperage on the Malt Whisky Trail. See: www.maltwhiskytrail.com

Benromach Distillery – the smallest working distillery in Speyside. Founded in 1898 Benromach Distillery suffered many closures and changes in ownership until 1993 when malt whisky specialists, Gordon & MacPhail, rescued the distillery and set about an extensive reinstallation programme to bring it back to its former glory. See:  www.benromach.com or phone 01309 675968

Cardhu Distillery – considered the luxury single malt whisky from Speyside. It is produced in limited quantities by a deliberately slow distillation process, and matured for 12 years in specially selected oak casks. It may take longer than many malts to reach fruition, but it is time well spent, which is shown by Cardhu’s exceptionally smooth and mellow character. See:  www.discovering-distilleries.com/cardhu  or phone 01479 874635

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery – the last distillery to be built in the nineteenth century, visitors can wander at will through this completely preserved time capsule of the distiller’s craft.  Explore this fine old Victorian distillery and then enjoy a dram in the audio-visual theatre as the story of Scotch Whisky unfolds before you. See: www.scotlandwhisky.com/distilleries/speyside/Dallas or phone 01309 676548

Glenfiddich Distillery – set in the heart of the Highlands, Glenfiddich (meaning ‘Valley of the Deer’ in Gaelic) is a place of breathtaking beauty. Glenfiddich is little changed since 1886, when William Grant and his nine children rolled up their sleeves to build the Distillery with their bare hands. These same silent warehouses and steamy mash rooms produce the world’s favourite single malt Scotch whisky today. www.glenfiddich.co.uk – 01340 820373

Glen Grant Distillery – it began in 1823, when illicit whisky distilling was rife throughout Scotland. Around half of the whisky sold at that time came from unlicensed distilleries. Glen Grant was founded by two former illegal distillers and smugglers with the vision and ambition to establish was is today one of the most famous and most popular single malt whiskies in the world.  www.glengrant.com – 09785 35486454

Glenlivet Distillery – George Smith knew that Glenlivet was the perfect location in which to make whisky, which is why he built his distillery there.But it required all his skills as a distiller and his unrivalled knowledge of the glen and it’s resources to succeed.  www.theglenlivet.com – 01340 821720

Glen Moray Distillery – nestled on the banks of the River Lossie, whisky has been distilled here since 1897 by a small dedicated team of craftsmen. In over a century of distilling at Glen Moray much has changed, however the ingredients, processes and skills of those responsible for producing Glen Moray remain constant.  www.glenmoray.com – 01343 550900

Strathisla Distillery – enjoy the hospitality of Chivas Regal and the un-hurried pace of the oldest working distillery in the Highlands, founded in 1786. Enjoy a welcome dram of Chivas Regal 12 year old and following a guided tour of the distillery, relax in luxurious comfort with a Strathisla 12 year old single malt. Find out more – 01542 783044

Speyside Cooperage – Since 1947, the family owned Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. Today the cooperage continues to work and produce the age-old product, still using traditional methods and tools. Although shipped across the world, many of the casks remain in Scotland, providing a vital ingredient in Scotland’s whisky making process.  www.speysidecooperage.co.uk –   01340 871108