Whisky Magazine Issue 115
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Despite the distance, a trip to west coast can be very rewarding
If you want to visit the heart of whisky making in Scotland, a short trip to Speyside will see you right: you'll trip over distilleries around every corner with famous names such as Macallan, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich side-by-side with lesser known names such as the wonderfully tongue-twisting Allt-A-Bhainne. Visiting Speyside is like going to Glastonbury. There are some seriously big headline acts, but you'll more-often-than-not stumble across a gem which will be new to you, either on a distillery tour, or purely by virtue of a dram in the Highlander bar. Either way, the wealth of talent on show is astonishing, even if some of the names may seem a little obscure at first.
If you're heading to Scotland and want pure headliners, a mini-festival akin to a one day event in Hyde Park which would see major names all the way from the first act on, to the big headliner, then you're best staying south of the Highland line and heading west.
As you head north of Glasgow, up the side of Loch Lomond and start to turn west, heading along the aptly named ‘Rest And Be Thankful' pass (often closed, even these days, due to landslides) you start to feel the remoteness of the destination begin to dawn, for at the end of this long drive (literally) is Campbeltown, home to the famous Springbank distillery.
Once the setting for a multitude of distilleries and an appellation in its own right, Campbeltown's shining jewel is now Springbank, which produces three main styles of single malt Scot...