Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail
Follow the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside to seven working distilleries, including a fascinating cooperage and a historic distillery. From Benromach to Dallas Dhu, a perfect time capsule of whisky-making; from Glen Moray to Strathisla, home and heart of Chivas Regal; from the Glen Grant distillery to the Speyside Cooperage where real coopers work with incredible speed and skill; from Glenfiddich to The Glenlivet and the Cardhu distillery, Scotland's whisky trail signposts lead you through the picturesque lush countryside of Speyside, the world's favourite malt whisky region.
Enjoy true Highland hospitality at this historic and ancient distillery, operating since 1786. Learn about the age-old craft of whisky distilling and the art of blending. Strathisla is the spiritual home of one of the most famous whisky brands in the world – Chivas Regal.
Located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres lies Benromach Distillery. From a small and almost lost distillery emerged a single malt with distinctive qualities reflecting its hand made credentials as well as encapsulating the self-reliance, sophistication and modern values of Scotland today.
In 1811 John and Helen Cumming took a 19 year lease on Cardow farm, in the parish of Knockando. Its remote location favoured clandestine production and in 1816 John Cumming was convicted on three occasions for malting and distilling “privately” without a licence. Interestingly and according to family and local tradition, these activities were carried out by his wife Helen. In 1824 John, along with other more experienced distillers, took out a licence under the new Excise Act.
Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery was the idea of an entrepreneur named Alexander Edward. In 1898, he built two new distilleries on land outside Forres – Benromach and Dallasmore. Both were in response to the demand for malt whisky for blending.
William Grant, the founder of Glenfiddich, was born in 1839 in Dufftown. His dream was to build his own distillery and create the best dram in the valley. The Grant family built The Glenfiddich Distillery with their own hands - the only help they asked for was that of a single stonemason. It took them almost 18 months and the first spirit flowed from the stills on Christmas Day 1887.
Since 1840, our passion for clarity and the unconventional has underpinned everything we do. From the maverick style of the Grant brothers who founded Glen Grant, to the design of our distillery and its surroundings, to our whisky’s clean, contemporary flavour.
From the wild and remote setting of Glenlivet comes a single malt of infinite elegance. Let us share tales of illicit stills, whisky smugglers, proud whisky men and of course, sample a dram of the greatest whisky of all – The Glenlivet.
A warm welcome awaits you at Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin. Glen Moray has been distilled on the banks of the River Lossie since 1897 by a small dedicated team of craftsmen. In over a century of distilling at Glen Moray, much has changed. However, the ingredients, processes and the skills of those responsible for producing this finest quality single malt whisky remain constant.
In the heart of Scotland’s rolling hills lies Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering.