Highland Whisky Distilleries: Mastering the Single Malt
The Highland Whisky Distilleries of Inverness and Loch Ness
Here in Scotland, whisky is more than just a pleasant pastime. It is a way of life. From a simple recipe of malted barley, yeast and water, Highland whisky distilleries can create a myriad of subtle flavours from the sweet notes of Speyside to the powerful pungent smokiness of Islay.
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. So when visiting the Highlands, it would be remiss not to visit at least one of our wonderful Highland whisky distilleries or experience a Whisky tasting.
Uile-bheist: A new low carbon craft distillery in Inverness
Uile-bheist, Scottish Gaelic for ‘monster’ (pronounced EWL-uh-vehst), is the first new distillery to be built in Inverness for 130 years. This new low carbon craft distillery, brewery, and visitor experience is nestled on the banks of the River Ness, right in the heart of the city. Book a tour or experience, ranging from cheese and chocolate blending to a VIP Master Makers Tour, to learn about their whisky-making process and the history of whisky in the Highlands.
Singleton Glen Ord Distillery and visitor centre
Just outside Inverness is the new Singleton whisky visitor experience which is inspired by a passion for making perfectly balanced, delicious whisky, Based within the Glen Ord Distillery, one of three storied distilleries which make The Singleton brand, the new visitor centre experience treats visitors to the finest Scottish fare. Daily tours and experiences are available and booking is highly recommended.
The Malt Room
The Malt Room is Inverness' first dedicated whisky bar and it stocks an unbelievable range of over 300 malt whiskies. The cosy bar also stocks premium spirits, cocktails, wines, and exclusive beers. There are lots of whisky flights to choose from, served by the incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be happy to guide you through their extensive collection.
Look out on their social media for specific tasting events and also their drams by post before visiting!
Highland Malt Whisky Experience at Macgregors Bar
The Highland malt whisky experience is hosted in MacGregors Bar, Inverness, it's held 5 nights a week (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri) at 7pm, during April until the end of October. The enjoyable experience will have you tasting some of the best malt whisky the Scottish Highlands has to offer, from local distilleries such as Glenmorangie, The Dalmore, Tomatin, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Dalwhinnie and Clynelish.
A memorable event to include in your itinerary whilst visiting Inverness. Tasting some of the finest whisky from distilleries in the Scottish Highlands, lively traditional music and captivating stories, there is no better way to spend an evening in Inverness.
When visiting Inverness and Loch Ness you will not be far from a pub, hotel or bar that will help you choose a dram to try or maybe a nice whisky cocktail.
Take a look at our where to eat for a list of great places to eat and drink during your visit.