If you're a connoisseur of whisky then why not visit some of the fine distilleries listed below and sample them straight from the source.
There are lots of great distilleries all over Scotland making a variety of whiskies, from smokey Speyside malts to softer, lighter Lowland whiskies. You can see how whisky is made and sample it at a number of distilleries on or near the National Cycle Network across Scotland.
The distilleries listed below are in the order you would come to them if you were heading south to north on the routes.
- Glendronnach Distillery, Turriff
- Glenglassaugh Distillery, Portsoy
- Glen Moray Distillery, Elgin
- Benrommach Distillery and Malt Whisky Centre, Forres
- Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Forres. The distillery closed in 1983 and is now owned and run by Historic Scotland. Visit it to see the traditional methods of whisky-making.
- Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain
- Highland Park Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney
- Glenkinchie Distillery and Visitor Centre, near Pencaitland
- Annandale Distillery, Annan
- Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy
- Blair Atholl Distillery and Visitor Centre, Pitlochry
- Eradour Distillery, Pitlochry. The smallest distillery in Scotland.
- Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin
- Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza
Deanston Distillery, Doune
You can also find the Whisky Map of Scotland and details of distilleries at Visit Scotland.
Distilleries that are open to the public usually offer tours which finish with a small dram. Please drink responsibly! Remember that the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland is 50mg in every 100ml of blood - lower than elsewhere in the UK. Rather than endanger yourself and others while cycling under the influence and risking a fine, you could take a bottle home in your pannier instead!
The word whisky comes from the Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha, the water of life. There's lots of water in Scotland!