Whisky Magazine Issue 107
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Joel Harrisongoes in search of a few bars in the Speyside region that offer some of the best hospitality and drams
Speyside jostles for the 'most famous whisky region in Scotland' moniker with its plucky little cousin, the Isle of Islay, asserting its heavyweight advantage by boasting more than five times the distillery count of the Inner Hebridean haven.
With more than 40 distilleries pumping out spirit, finding a dram in a local bar isn't hard, but with the region spread across a sizeable area, don't expect to head out on a Speyside bar-crawl.
This is just a starter selection to some of the best places to enjoy a dram in Speyside.
However, due to the sprawling nature of the region, there are plenty of small operators who have stacked their shelves with great bottles, aiming to provide the weary traveller with a warming and welcoming whisky as they take on the pilgrimage of the Speyside Whisky Trail.
Other places of note to try are: the Dowans Hotel in Aberlour, the Clock House in Tomintoul and the Laichmoray Hotel in Elgin. Wherever you choose to share a dram, just being in Speyside will make it all the more special.
Victoria Street, Craigellachie, Speyside, Banffshire AB38 9SR
Almost standing toe-to-toe with the Highlander Inn, The Craigellachie Hotel, owned by Oxford Hotels, sits proudly, gleaming in white, serving as a lookout down the valley to River Spey. Staying here, you are in no doubt that you're nestled into the heart of Speyside.
Always looking to provide their guests with an excellent dram, the Quaich Bar at the Craigel...