Distillery visits give whisky fans chance to sample tipple in unique surroundings

Gifting someone their favourite beverage for Christmas is the obvious choice for many, but it’s a much better idea to go one step further and make it a travel experience.

Scotch whisky is the top tipple lots of drinkers and there are plenty of distilleries which encourage visitors.

To help plan the whisky tour of a lifetime, UK accommodation provider, Snaptrip, has compiled a round-up of must-visit distilleries, each with a standout feature and a perfect property nearby to complete the getaway.

With insight into the history and possible future of whisky production in Scotland, whisky enthusiast Claire Vokins shares her thoughts on some of the locations.

She said: “The way Scotch whisky is made, and the laws involved, are now the benchmark for all over the world.

“I would highly recommend people who drink whisky to make the pilgrimage to Scotland. Apart from the history, sense of place, beautiful countryside, gorgeous coastline and great people, Scotland is a whisky lover’s theme park.

“Ultimately whisky is a drink for everyone, everywhere; and there is a whisky to suit each of us, we just need to explore to find it.”

Oldest distillery – Glenturret distillery



Glenturret Distillery
Glenturret Distillery

Glenturret Distillery set in the Perthshire countryside was first recorded in 1763 and was formerly known as the Thurot Distillery. As Scotland’s oldest working distillery it provides a truly unique whisky experience – their Glenturret Malt Whisky is still crafted using the only remaining hand-operated mash tun in the country.

Just a half an hour’s drive from Glenturret Distillery is the charming Brackenhill Cottage. With four bedrooms and room for up to eight guests, it’s the perfect base for a family staycation.

Most remote distillery – Shetland Reel Distillery



Shetland Reel Distillery is one of the most remote
Shetland Reel Distillery is one of the most remote

Shetland Reel Distillery needs two ferry rides to get to the distillery on the Isle of Unst, via the island of Yell – it’s actually closer to Norway than it is to Scotland.

Given its remote nature, the Shetland Reel Distillery combines Scottish and Norwegian culture to develop its whisky and gin and provide an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Make the most of Unst with a stay at Westings Bungalow, just nine miles from the Shetland Reel Distillery. There’s no shortage of sites to explore with the nearby cliffs at Hermaness and Munst Castle before returning to the bungalow overlooking the bay.

Newest distillery – 8 Doors Distillery



8 Doors Distillery
8 Doors Distillery

Sitting in John O’Groats in the Highlands, 8 Doors Distillery is at the most northerly tip of Scotland and perfectly placed for views across the Pentland Firth.

It’s first whisky produced in John O’Groats in 180 years, so it makes for a top trip. If you don’t have time for a full whisky tour, don’t fret. 8 Doors Distillery has its very own whisky lounge to try a range of the dram on offer whilst taking in the beautiful view.

Just half an hour away from 8 Door Distillery is Thurdistoft Farm Cottage in the most northern town in Scotland, Thuro. Overlooking green fields and a view of the sea, the cosy cottage sleeps up to four guests with room for two pooches and plenty of nearby nature to explore.

Dog-friendly distillery – Lindores Abbey Distillery

Lindores Abbey distillery in Newburgh, Fife, invites visitors to bring along their pet pooch.

After a tour, relax in the Legacy Bar to enjoy a chocolate tasting or book a picnic box. It’s important for dog-lovers to make sure their accommodation is pet-friendly and Tarves House in Aberdeenshire is perfect.

Distillery with epic views – Talisker Distillery



Talisker Distillery
Talisker Distillery

Set on the Isle of Skye on the shores of Loch Harport is Talisker Distillery, the oldest working distillery on the island. Built in 1830, the distillery is well-known for its sweet full-bodied single malt.

An hour’s drive from the distillery is a quaint cottage in Milovaig, the former Clan MacLeod hunting lodge was built in 1770 and sits on the northern coast of the Isle of Skye.

Unique distillery – Edradour Distillery

Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry, Perthshire, is the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland. Dating back to 1825, the distillery is the last stronghold of single malt whisky from a farm distillery that’s still in production today.

As the perfect pairing to any distillery trip, Roseburn in Pitlochry, certainly stands out. The seven-bedroom property is beautifully decorated and overlooks the surrounding countryside with nearby golf courses, cycling routes and fishing – and it’s only two miles away from the distillery.

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