Whisky barrels at the Tomatin Whisky Distillery in Inverness

Highland Whisky Distilleries: Mastering the Single Malt

When thinking about Scotland, there is a fair chance that whisky will be a prominent feature. Indeed, it is so synonymous with Scotland that it is often simply referred to as “Scotch”. From a simple recipe of malted barley, yeast and water, the skilled distillers can create a myriad of subtle flavours from the subtle sweet notes of Speyside to the powerful pungent smokiness of Islay.

The Highland Whisky Distilleries

Here in Scotland, whisky is more than just a pleasant pastime. It is a way of life. In fact, Scotland is split into five distinct whisky-producing regions: Campbeltown, Lowland, Islay, Speyside and (of course) the Highlands – by far the biggest whisky-producing region in the country. And the distilleries closest to Inverness and Loch Ness lie in the area classified as Highland Whisky.

From the light fruity finish of whisky from Aberfeldy, to the big body and boldness of The Dalmore in Ross-Shire, this region offers more variety of flavours than any other. So when visiting the Highlands, it would be remiss not to visit at least one of our wonderful Highland whisky distilleries.

Tomatin Whisky Distillery and Visitor Centre

Just a few miles south of Inverness and Loch Ness lies Tomatin whisky distillery. Whiskies produced here have received much acclaim for their mellow, fruity tones showing that there is a softer side to the Highlands.

A bottle of whisky from Tomatin Whisky Distillery near Inverness

Glen Ord Whisky Distillery and Visitor Centre

Another great distillery close to Loch Ness and Inverness is Glen Ord, where they create a magical malt whisky that is sweet and fruity with a subtle undertone of spice. The Singleton of Glen Ord is the signature whisky and is produced exclusively for the Asian market. The only place you can buy it in the UK is at the distillery itself.

Singleton Whisky from Glen Ord, near Inverness and Loch Ness

Both Tomatin and Glen Ord offer a variety of tours where you can learn about how whisky is made, witness the process first hand, and of course enjoy a dram or two to complete the experience.

Simply book a tour to one of these great Highland whisky distilleries and experience the wonders of a Highland whisky for yourself.

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