Although not in Speyside, Edradour makes a great stopping point on the road north. It’s the smallest distillery in Scotland and run by only two men, Edradour (Gaelic for ‘between two rivers’) is located on Ben Vrackie Spring, just outside the picture-postcard town of Pitlochry in Perthshire. Established in 1825 it is nestled into the rolling hills of highland Perthshire about half way between Edinburgh and Speyside.
Established by John and Helen Cumming, these trailblazing whisky entrepreneurs have a fascinating story that is told through the Cardhu whisky tour experience. started in 1811 John had a reputation as a whisky smuggler but it was his wife who was selling bottles of whisky from the kitchen window.
Seeing the opportunity to legitimise their business through The Excise Act of 1823, John Cumming built the new Cardhu distillery further down the valley. John Walker & Sons took control of Cardhu in 1893 and today the quaint distillery is known as the ‘Speyside home of Johnnie Walker’.
The highest distillery in Scotland, Dalwhinnie Distillery‘s history dates back to 1897. It’s location is on a bleak and desolate hillside where two old drovers roads met. When the railway arrived in the highlands it was the perfect setting for a distillery and the local founders John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie established the now internationally famous brand.
Although near the Speyside region, Tomatin Distillery is technically a highland malt. Local folklore suggests that whisky has been produced here since the 15th century when drovers (cattle herders) would stop to fill their horns with whisky. An official distillery is recognised as being established in 1897. It’s location close to Inverness provided amble custom and it’s water was sourced from Alt na Frith, running from the Monadhliath Mountains.
Situated in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan distillery is the second-largest whisky producer in Scotland. The whisky is offered in various guises (mostly because of the different oaks it is aged in). It came from humble beginnings, founded in 1824 by local school teacher Alexander Reid and has become the official whisky of the speaker of the House of Commons.
In July 2019 a brand new £140 million visitor experience opened its doors and a year afterwards the building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture.
Please note that The Macallan is currently only avaialble on weekends
Located just outside Aberlour visit the only working Cooperage in Scotland, where oak whisky barrels are created, refreshed and prepared for ageing of Scotch Whisky. Using ancient techniques up to 5000 years old watch the masters at work and witness the sights, sounds and smells of the working cooperage.
Please note that the cooperage is only open on weekdays