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Moray Speyside is Malt Whisky Country

Moray Speyside is home to some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery and lush landscapes. However, the region is perhaps better known for being the home of Malt Whisky, over half of all of Scotland’s whisky distilleries can be found in Moray Speyside.

Situated in between Inverness and Aberdeen, the region spreads from the rugged Moray coastline down towards the famous Cairngorms National Park. The River Spey, Scotland’s fastest flowing river, carves its way through the region, starting in the Cairngorm mountains before finally joining the sea at Spey Bay on the Moray Coast. The majority of our distilleries are dotted throughout the glens surrounding this iconic water source.

The area’s rich supply of pure water and beautiful inland setting help to produce smooth and complex whiskies that provide an elegant contrast to the heavily peated whiskies that are produced by distilleries in other regions. Moray Speyside whiskies can often be identified by their sweet and fruity notes.  However, hints of nuts and malt are also common, with some whiskies possessing a refined smokiness.

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As guest at Ballindalloch, your time with them will be tailored to you. The framework of tours is listed below, but whether you are new to distilleries or a regular visitor, there will be something new enjoy. The unique nature of the distillery allows you to get closer to the production process than almost anywhere […]

Tomintoul scotch whisky Distillery is situated high up in the Speyside national park in Tomintoul and is surrounded by some great scenery. Tomintoul Distillery was built in 1964. This distillery uses traditional techniques that stretch back hundreds of years, to make their award-winning single malt, “the gentle dram”. The natural environment, fresh air and pure […]

Strathisla distillery in Keith is a scotch whisky distillery based in Strathisla, Speyside. Members of the public can visit the distillery and discover the history behind the world-famous blended Scotch through t tasting experiences; Chivas: The Blend (where you create your own blend of Whisky), Discover the Distillery Reserve Collection, and the Chivas Regal Tasting […]

The Speyside Cooperage lies in the heart of the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail, it is the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering. Since 1947, Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from American Oak. In 2008 the Cooperage was sold to the French firm Tonnellerie François […]

Check the Glenfarclas website for the latest information.  The Glenfarcas distillery is a family business and has been since 1865. The distillery is situated in Ballindalloch, Moray. Glenfarcas distillery was established in 1836 by Robert Hay when he purchased a license to run a distillery on his farm, The distillery was later bought over by […]

The Glen Grant scotch whisky Distillery Visitor Centre & Garden is based in Rothes, Moray. The Distillery has been producing single malt whiskey and has been doing so since the late 19th century. Accompanied by the distillery there is gorgeous gardens with flowers from around the world, trees, wooden bridges and a waterfall. In 1839 […]

Cragganmore Distillery, on the banks of the River Spey, is home to one of the most complex and characterful malt whiskies of the revered Speyside region. Cragganmore Single Malt is the most complex Speyside Malt. It is in limited supply as it is one of Speyside’s smaller distilleries, now working seven days a week to […]

Founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery and licensed in 1824, Cardhu is the first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman. Two women, in fact: in 1872, Elizabeth Cummings, daughter-in-law of the founders, took over the running of the distillery and set about refining the flavour and character of the […]