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.
There are plenty of opportunities to sample Scotland's national drink in it's heartland of Speyside and Glenlivet.
You could take a tour of The Glenlivet Distillery and sample a free dram. The aficionado will continue to a further eleven distilleries on Speyside whose products can be sampled as part of a distillery tour. Read more...
Why not stop off at the Whisky Castle in Tomintoul and allow their expert staff to guide you through an unrivalled collection of malt whiskies.
There are also tutored nosing and tasting evenings at the Commercial Hotel in Dufftown every Wednesday at 20.00 throughout the summer.
A staggering array of malt whiskies and whisky blends plus wines, spirits and real ales is available at The Whisky Castle
The Glenlivet Distillery is the home of 'the single malt that started it all'. Free guided tours, exhibition, gift shop, coffee shop and opportunity to fill your own bottle.
Glenlivet is ideally situated for touring the many Speyside distilleries and discovering the fascinating history and production methods of Scotch Whisky.
One of the best ways to discover more about single malt Scotch whiskies is to come to either the Spring Whisky Festival or the Autumn Whisky Festival held each year in and around Glenlivet and Speyside.
During the festivals, distilleries that are not normally open to the public invite whisky enthusiasts to tour their facilities and sample their products. Mini bus trips are arranged that enable connoisseurs of whisky to tour and taste an incredible array of fine malts from a wide range of distilleries.
Explore the pairing of whisky with foods such as salmon, cheese, or chocolate under the guidance of well known whisky experts. Dine in restaurants whose special festival menus complement a mouth watering choice of the finest local Scottish produce with Speyside malt whiskies.
But there is much more - music, dancing, exhibitions, pipe bands and food and craft fairs. At Speyside's Whisky Festivals the best of Scotland's culture is on show alongside a celebration of its national drink.