Sipping Speyside: on the whisky trail in Scotland

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Donna Dailey

Whisky barrels

The best ways to enjoy Scottish whisky

There are plenty of ways to get a true taste of Scotland's beloved national drink. Here are four of our favourites.

1. Take a distillery tour

Many distilleries throughout Scotland open their doors for public tours. Check online for tours in the area you’ll be visiting. Tours, tastings and prices vary.

Another good bet in Speyside is the Solera Deconstructed tour at Glenfiddich Distillery, where you can create your own blend from 15-year-old cask samples. Also on site are exhibitions from their Artist in Residence programme.

Glenfiddich Warehouse

2. Bag tickets to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

This annual festival, held at the end of April/early May, is one of the best ways to discover and celebrate whisky.

With more than 400 events from guided walks and Victorian picnics, to special distillery tours and tastings, to music and art, to pairings with food and chocolate, there is something for everyone. Many are free – book well in advance for popular, ticketed events.

3. Try a whisky cruise

A cruise might not sound like everyone's cup of tea, but this truly is an unforgettable experience – think spectacular scenery, great food and, of course, fine local whisky. There are many options, from barge cruises on the Caledonian Canal to 10-night sojourns on the Majestic Line to Islay and the southern Hebrides.

Whisky cruise

4. Book yourself onto a whisky bar crawl

The entertaining 3-hour tours include premium single malts at four of the best whisky bars in Glasgow’s City Centre or Edinburgh’s New Town.

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