The Speyside Whisky Trail

Nine of Speysides' finest distilleries and a cooperage open their doors to the public so that visitors can discover the rich heritage of Scotlands best known product. All are within easy reach of Glenlivet:

The Glenlivet

Since 1824 the wild and remote setting of Glenlivet has been home to the single malt that inspired a region. Water from the mineral rich spring waters of Josie's Well, combines with the crisp fresh mountain air to produce a malt whisky of infinite elegance.


William Grant & Sons Ltd is one of very few Scotch whisky companies to remain in the hands of the family who founded it. You can choose The Original Tour - which is free - or opt for the more detailed Connoisseurs' Tour which is followed by a tutored nosing.

The Balvenie

Exclusive tours limited to a maximum of 8 people lasting approximately 2.5 hours. As the Balvenie is a working distillery there are a few areas with steps and an amount of walking is required. The distillery is over 100 years old, and as such, is not accessible for wheel chairs. The Balvenie Tour commences from sister distillery, Glenfiddich.


Considered one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland, little has changed since 1786 from the cobbled courtyard to the distinctive double pagoda chimneys.

The Speyside Cooperage

The Taylor family has been running this unique business in the heart of Speyside for three generations. Each year around 100,000 casks - barrels, hogsheads, butts and puncheons are made or repaired here. The casks are sold throughout the world.


Dominated by the rugged peaks of Ben Rinnes, the Aberlour Distillery is situated at the junction of the rivers Lour and Spey. Pure spring water for making the whisky is drawn from the Lour, and the maturing spirit in the warehouse inhales the moist Speyside air. At the distillery, nature, tradition and local craftsmanship combine to create a great Malt whisky - the spirit of Aberlour.

Glen Grant

Founded in 1840, Glen Grant is unique in Scotch Whisky as being the only distillery named after its owners. Today you can witness Major James Grant's legacy on a guided tour and see the magnificent shining copper stills that produce a malt of unique quality and crisp fresh character. Stroll through the delightful Victorian Woodland Garden to the heather thatched dram pavilion and tumbling waterfall beyond.

Cardhu Distillery Cardhu Distillery Glenfiddich Distillery Glenfiddich Distillery The Glenlivet Distillery The Glenlivet Distillery Aberlour Distillery Aberlour Distillery Strathisla Distillery Strathisla Distillery Glenfarclas Distillery Glenfarclas Distillery

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The Whisky Castle

The Whisky Castle

A staggering array of malt whiskies and whisky blends plus wines, spirits and real ales is available at The Whisky Castle

The Glenlivet Distillery

The Glenlivet Distillery

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.

Speyside Whisky Tours

Speyside Whisky Tours offers a range of exclusive, high quality day trips to some of Speyside's most famous whisky distilleries in the comfort of a luxury Range Rover Vogue.

The Macallan

The Macallan Visitor Centre is set high on a hill overlooking the River Spey on the glorious Easter Elchies Estate at Craigellachie. The Macallan Distillery has the smallest spirit stills on Speyside and its whisky is only ever matured in ex sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.


A warm welcome awaits you at the Cardhu Distillery, the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. A deliberately slow rate of distillation together with the special qualities of the spring water yields a malt whisky of the subtlest flavour. Discover the story of the Cardhu Distillery and how the unique, silky smooth malt whisky produced there is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker scotch whiskies.


The Glenfarclas Distillery was purchased by the Grant family in 1865 for £511.19s. The 5th and 6th generations of the Grant family currently own and manage the distillery, which is one of the few remaing truly independent distilleries. The family is committed to producing superior quality Single Highland Malt in a traditional Speyside style, with a heavy sherry influence.

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