Scotch whisky is Scotland’s most famous export and no Highland holiday is complete without sampling a dram or two of uisge baetha. Just 15 minutes from Nairn, in Forres, you’ll find Speyside’s smallest distillery, Benromach, which produces a range of traditionally handcrafted, aged single malt scotch whiskies. You can tour the distillery and learn about the process of making Scotland’s national drink before sampling a dram or two. Also, in Forres, you can visit the historic distillery of Dallas Dhu, where you can enjoy a free audio-guide and presentation while you inspect the giant washbacks and two-storey malting bar. You can also visit Glen Moray in Elgin, an easy 30-minute drive from Nairn.
Whisky enthusiasts will not want to miss a tour of Speyside. Scotland’s top whisky-producing region is home to more distilleries than any of Scotland’s other whisky-producing regions. Some of the world’s best-loved whiskies hail from Speyside – Aberlour, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan.
You can also enjoy a trip to the Speyside Cooperage, to learn the art of coopering and marvel at the dramatic firing of casks.
If you intend to sample some of Scotland’s best-loved whiskies, you won’t want to drive. Local tour operator, AirtsnPairts, can organise your safe, personally guided tour of Speyside distilleries, so you don’t need to worry about driving or anything else.