Whisky distilleries and experiences

Find your perfect dram when visiting Inverness and Loch Ness

Are you ready to embark on a journey through the rich, amber world of whisky in Inverness and Loch Ness? Whether it is tasting your very first dram or visiting a local distillery, let us guide you around the great Whisky experiences you can have when you visit.

Whisky Distilleries

If visiting a distillery or taking a distillery tour is in your sights for when you visit, you have a choice of 3 local distilleries close to Inverness and Loch Ness to choose from. All unique in their own different ways so if Whisky is high on your itinerary you will have lots to see and do.

In the city centre of Inverness, newly opened on 2023 you have the Uilebheist Distillery and Brewery, their vision is to create the finest sustainable, artisan and delicious craft beers and whiskies. You can visit this brand new distillery and join one of their daily tours or experiences. 


Glen Ord distillery located north of Inverness has recently undergone a major refurbishment and the new visitor centre, tours and experiences are really something special.

The Singleton team are ready to take you into a world of taste and flavour, 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 experience treats visitors to the finest Scottish fare. You can book your distillery tour or tasting experience online via their website before you visit.

Glen Ord Distillery


A very short distance South of Inverness is Tomatin Distillery, from 1897 this distillery has been the heart of Tomatin and its community. Tomatin produce quality single malt and blended Scotch whisky in an area of stunning natural beauty which has rich whisky making traditions dating back to the 1500s.

The distillery visitor centre is open 7 days from 10:30 to 16:30 and tours and experiences are available daily.

Tomatin Distillery

Whisky Experiences

It's not just distilleries that provide great Whisky experiences, there are some fabulous Whisky bars around Inverness and Loch Ness where you can really dive into the world of flavour, age, malts and grains.

The Malt Room in Inverness was the first bar dedicated to Whisky, with over 350 single malt whiskies to tempt you as well as local craft beers, cocktails & spirits that you can enjoy the intimate and cosy bar.

They have a selection of private tastings and whiisky gig nights but any time you visit their incredibly friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to guide you through their range.

The Malt room

Other bars around the area that offer a great selection of whiskies to try are

The Fiddlers in Drumnadrochit - their award winning malt whisky bar will have you in a spin with what dram to try first.

The Glenmoriston Townhouse Piano Bar - Their signature whisky bar pays homage to Scotland’s national drink, take a seat and let their Whisky ambassadors help you choose from over 260 malts.

Foyers House - If you love to try a good selection of drams and don't want far to get home, base yourself at Foyers House as their Wee Dram Whisky bar has over 100 whiskies to choose from. Each bottle has been hand-selected based on its exceptional quality and unique flavour profile.


The Malt Room

5 Whisky Facts

A Rich History: Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for centuries, with the first recorded mention dating back to 1496!

The Water of Life: In Gaelic, whisky is known as 'uisge beatha', which translates to 'water of life'.

Barrels Make a Difference: The flavour of whisky is significantly influenced by the barrels it's aged in, often former sherry, bourbon, or wine casks.

Single Malt vs. Blended: Single malt whisky is made from malted barley at one distillery, while blended whisky combines several single malts and grains.

A World of Flavours: From peaty and smoky to smooth and fruity, Scottish whiskies offer an incredible range of flavours.

Top Tips for Your Distillery Visit and First Dram:

Ask Questions: Don't be shy! Distillery staff love sharing their knowledge and stories.

Savor the Experience: Take your time with each dram. Notice the colour, aroma, and layers of flavour.

No Rush to the Finish Line: Remember, it's not about drinking fast. Whisky tasting is about enjoyment and discovery.

Water is Your Friend: A few drops of water can open up new flavors in your whisky.

Keep an Open Mind: Even if you're not usually a whisky drinker, you might find a style that suits your palate.

Distillery Locations

To find out where the Whisky distilleries and experiences are, check out our Things to do interactive map and select, Whisky Distilleries and Experiences.

Whether you're a seasoned whisky aficionado or new to the world of malts and grains, come and explore, taste, and fall in love with the spirit of Scotland.