To the uninitiated, whisky is simply a rough drink that burns as it slides down the throat but for aficionados, it is nothing short of liquid gold.
To really appreciate whisky, there is no better place to go than to its source. Whisky rarely tastes better than at the distillery where it is made.
Whether you want to see the process of making your favourite spirit or have a journey to a remote Scottish island, a whisky tour is something worthwhile to consider. Recently, more and more distilleries have started to open their doors to whisky-loving tourists to show them around their factories.
Thanks to the country’s rough climate, most of the main distilleries are located in Scotland in short distance to one another. For example, the Scottish Isle of Islay, which is part of the southern Hebrides and inhabited by approximately 3,200 people only, has got eight working whisky distilleries next to a stunning scenery and impressive wildlife. The short distances allow you to visit Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Bowmore in one day.
Another great whisky destination is Speyside in the Scottish Highlands (commonly called the Whisky Trail). The area is the heart of Scottish whisky production with the world’s finest distilleries like Glenlivet or Glenfiddich. More than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries are located here. A visit at any distillery usually finishes with a generous whisky tasting, so make sure you’re not the designated driver.
When you get tired of tasting Scotland’s national drink, you can continue your local trip by visiting one of the many castles, going on a hiking trip through the rolling hills or playing golf on one of the numerous golf courses.
If you feel tempted to have a a short whisky tour break or even a proper holiday in Scotland you should check the offers in our nearby hotels, Thistle Glasgow for the Isle of Islay or Thistle Inverness for the Speyside area.