Whisky regions

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The Highlands is home to a quarter of a million people and produces 63 million litres of whisky each year. That's an impressive 252 litres per person!

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Highlands

The Highlands is the largest region and contains some of Scotland's remotest distilleries. The distilleries are spread far and wide and include Glengoyne that is very close to the 'Highland Line', Oban on the west coast, Dalwhinnie in the middle of the Grampians and Old Pulteney up in the far north. There is a large diversity of styles due to the geographical locations but generally the whiskies produced are richer, sweeter and more full bodied than from anywhere else in Scotland. Distilleries that are located by the coast can also have a salty element to their whiskies, due to the casks breathing in the sea air during maturation.

  • Highland distilleries
  • Aberfeldy
    • − a little known distillery owned by John Dewar & Sons
  • Ardmore
    • − the spiritual home of the Teacher's Highland Cream blend
  • Balblair
    • − award-winning whisky from the north Highlands
  • Ben Nevis
    • − Fort William's distillery located at the foot of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis
  • Blair Athol
    • − central Highlands distillery near Pitlochy
  • Clynelish
    • − built to replace the old Brora distillery
  • Dalmore
    • − northern Highland distillery that is the flagship for owners, Whyte & Mackay
  • Dalwhinnie
    • − Scotland's remotest distillery located in the middle of the Grampian mountains
  • Deanston
    • − east Highlands distillery opened in 1965 in a coverted cotton mill
  • Edradour
    • − the smallest operating distillery in Scotland
  • Fettercairn
    • − one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland that produces whisky prodominently used in Whyte & Mackay blends
  • Glencadam
    • − a little known distillery which acts as the large blending centre for Angus Dundee, who produce the Ballantine's blend
  • Glen Garioch
    • − the closest distillery to Aberdeen
  • Glengoyne
    • − the southern most Highlands distillery lying on the 'Highland Line'
  • Glenmorangie
    • − one of the world's most famous single malts, based in the northern Highlands
  • Glen Ord
    • − the only remaining distillery on the 'Black Isle' to the north of Inverness
  • Glenturret
    • − Scotland's oldest operating distillery and spiritual home of the Famous Grouse blend
  • Loch Lomond
    • − one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing malt whisky, grain whisky, gin and vodka
  • Macduff
    • − bottled and sold as Glen Deveron
  • Oban
    • − small town centre distillery based on the west coast
  • Old Pulteney
    • − the northern most mainland distilery located near Wick
  • Royal Brackla
    • − distillery with a distinguished history with English and Scottish royalty
  • Royal Lochnagar
    • − Queen Victoria's favourite distillery located close to the Royal home of Balmoral Castle
  • Teaninich
    • − located on the Cromarty Firth, whisky is produced as one of the main ingredients in Johnnie Walker blends
  • Tullibardine
    • − independently owned distillery located next to the world famous Glen Eagles golf club