Guided distillery tours.
There are over 50 whisky distilleries in Moray making Moray home to the highest concentration of distilleries in Scotland. The Spirit Of Speyside Whisky Festival which is held anually and The Malt Whisky Trail have helped to put Moray on the map as Scotland's whisky country.
Malt Whisky Trail
Visit Moray whisky distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail and experience guided distillery tours.
There can be no better way to find out about the unique flavours of Scotch whisky, it's history and how it's made by following Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail. It's the only trail of its kind in the world, through one of the country’s best-known whisky regions, Speyside. Discover the secrets behind the art of whisky creation with behind-the-scenes tours of the country’s renowned distilleries.
Cardhu meaning 'Black Rock' is a Speyside distillery near Archiestown, Moray founded by the whisky smuggler John Cumming in 1824. The distillery is currently run by Diageo and the distillery's Scotch whisky makes up an important part of the famous Johnnie Walker blended whiskies. I especially enjoy visiting Cardhu as an old school pal and good friend of mine works there. William Hutchison, Senior Production Operator better known as "Buzz" is a real character, very witty and always does a good tour for my guests making the visit extra special.
You can visit the Cardhu Distillery
Dufftown, considered by many to be the heart of the Speyside whisky region is home to 6 working distilleries. On a Day tour to Dufftown you can visit all 6 distilleries and take guided distillery tours of one or more of the distilleries that are open to tourists at the time.
Sample whisky from Moray whisky distilleries at the Whisky Shop in Dufftown.
You can visit the Whisky Shop which is located on Fife Street, Dufftown. There you can choose from 600 whiskies and related items. You can get helpful advice on which single malts to try, how to fully enjoy Scotland's finest product and make the most of your trip to Speyside. They also offer evening whisky tastings in the shop.
On any of your Moray whisky tours you can discover the ancient art of coopering with a visit to the Speyside Cooperage.
Discover the Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and you can even have a go at making your own mini-cask.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
The Whisky Festival has become a major international event with thousands of visitors from all over the world gathering in Speyside to savour a selection of more than 400 events from tastings to ceilidhs,food pairing to comedy. With over 50 distilleries taking part in the festival and with Speyside having the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers than any other region of Scotland there is plenty of choice and plenty to sample! The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival runs from the 28th April to 2nd May . Also there is a new weekend event being organised which will be held in the town of Elgin and will bring together all the Speyside distilleries under one roof and this will take place from the 9th to the 11th of September.
You can visit the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival site