Whisky Magazine Issue 136
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A selection of the very best from The Orkneys to The Lowlands
Scotland is stunning: more spectacular walks and more varied wildlife than anywhere else in Britain; picturesque towns and villages; historic baronial castles; outdoor activities of every imaginable variety; glorious beaches; fantastic cuisine including some of the world's best seafood and game – this
is what attracts 15 million tourists every year.
Whisky is, of course, a huge part of the appeal – ten per cent of visitors include a distillery tour in their vacation and most distilleries now open their doors to the public with facilities ranging from full-blown visitor centres with shops, cafés, and museums to private tours available only by arrangement. But that in itself poses something of a dilemma for anyone proposing a trip to Scotland – of the 70-odd distilleries you could visit, which do you choose?
Always here to help, Whisky Magazine has come up with a shortlist of 10. They're not necessarily the prettiest, nor the best-known; but we feel they're a good representative sample, and well-distributed geographically so that wherever your Scottish odyssey takes you, one of our recommended stop-offs will be within visiting range. And if new distilleries are slightly over-represented – well, that's because the whisky industry's current growth spurt is so very exciting!
A word of warning before you embark on your distillery adventure, though, always ring ahead. We
haven't printed details of opening and tour times for each distillery because they tend to change a...