Whisky has been distilled in Glenlivet for longer than anyone can remember. In the beginning every farmer and crofter spent long dark winters converting surplus barley into "uisge beatha" - the water of life.
When small stills were made illegal in the eighteenth century the inhabitants of Glenlivet became smugglers as well as distillers. Eventually in 1824 the first legal distillery in the Highlands was built by George Smith in Glenlivet.
Glenlivet is ideally situated for touring the many Speyside distilleries and discovering the fascinating history and production methods of Scotch Whisky.
Discover the subtle nuances and flavours of malt whisky at distilleries, shops and special nosing sessions in Glenlivet and throughout Speyside.
Speyside's two annual whisky festivals are a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a celebration of Scotland's most famous export.