Food and Drink Showcase: The Malt Whisky Trail
What is it?
The Malt Whisky Trail links nine iconic whisky locations in Moray Speyside, Scotland, an area with the largest concentration of whisky distilleries in the world. In the picturesque countryside around the River Spey you will find many of the world’s most famous brands of single malt Scotch whisky but also the UK’s only cooperage, amazing whisky-bars and stunning scenery.
As well as offering a fascinating glimpse into the history of Scotch, the region has golden beaches, deep pine forests, abundant wildlife and snow-capped hills.
Why go there?
The Malt Whisky Trail ranges from boutique to global brands and visitors will meet the craftspeople who are the guardians of more than 250 years of knowledge about the Scotch industry, from its early days of illegal stills nestled high in the hills, to the early pioneers of legal distilling who took a gamble and sold their fine whiskies all over the world.
During tours of distilleries you will nose whisky straight from the cask, feel the heat of the copper stills and soak in the atmosphere of the many bonded warehouses. There is plenty to do for both whisky lovers and those who want to see an unspoiled corner of Scotland.
How to get there
This region is served by Inverness and Aberdeen airports, and is most easily explored by car or guided tour.
Inverness is just a 90 minute flight from London’s airports and there are daily flights from Gatwick and Heathrow, and it is also easy to travel to Inverness by train, either on the East Coast mainline operated by Virgin Trains East Coast or by ScotRail. For those wishing to travel overnight, the Caledonian Sleeper is a great way to travel from London Euston, and wake up refreshed in Scotland. There is plenty of accommodation in Inverness and the surrounding areas.
Elgin, an ideal base from which to explore Moray Speyside can be reached by train from Inverness (45 minutes) or from Aberdeen (1 hour 30 minutes), and Loch Ness is just half an hour from Inverness.