Follow the Whisky Trail in Scotland this Easter





The four days over Easter are a perfect opportunity to escape the ‘Big Smoke’ and go a little further afield. In light of the upcoming bank holiday weekend this Easter, why not plan a short trip to Scotland and embark on a crash course in the delights of Malt Whisky.

Dependent upon the style of Whisky you enjoy, there are a number of areas to visit that each produce unique characters reflecting their location; the Lowlands just over the border with England, the Highlands, north west of Dundee and Perth, Speyside near Inverness and Islay.

The whiskies from the Lowland area are lighter in style than the other main producing areas - known by the locals as the Lowland Ladies. The Highlands is the largest area of Scotch production and Speyside is the home of the Malt Whisky trail and houses half of Scotland's distilleries.
 
 
Picture by Moyan Brenn 

There are distilleries to visit in each of these principal areas and the best way to go about it is seek out your favourite brand or blend and book a tour in advance. For the true aficionado keen to immerse themself in the entire Malt Whisky making experience there really is no better way of understanding the origins and intricacies of whisky.

In the Lowlands are the Auchentoshan Distillery, one of Scotland's most unique single malt Scotch whiskies, and the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh are both worth visiting. Macallan, distilled in Speyside since 1824, and the Balvenie distillery are both beautifully picturesque.

If you want to get an overall picture and perspective of the whisky making process, visit ScotlandWhisky.com and book a tour of Glasgow or Edinburgh complete with an introduction to Scotland’s national drink. The website is a good starting point to plan your trip, as it offers suitable hotels and further travel information based around the whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Why not try:
 
The Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old Speyside Whisky (£34.00)
 
Auchentoshan Three Wood Lowland Whisky (£39.00)
 
 
 Picture by Rick
 

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