Inverness and Highland Whisky Tour Itinerary

This Inverness and Highland Whisky Tour Itinerary is designed to help you plan your own whisky tour of the area. Inverness is an excellent starting point or base for exploring the Highland distilleries. Inverness has no operating distilleries but there are guided whisky tours which depart from Inverness. There are also a number of specialist whisky bars.

Many of the distilleries in the Highlands, have experienced an increase in visitor numbers. This is partly due to the popularity of the North Coast 500, a tourist route around the North of Scotland includind the eastern side.

Distilleries near Inverness

Distilleries near Inverness include Tomatin, Glen Ord and Dalmore Distilleries nearby as well as a significant number of Highland Distilleries further afield.

To the south of Inverness lies Tomatin Distillery situated in an isolated spot just off the main road south. It’s not unusual for Tomatin to be cut off by snow in the winter.

To the north of Inverness over the Kessock Bridge lies the Black Isle. A fertile area ideal for growing crops including barley. In the past this area was home to many illicit whisky stills.

At the Tore roundabout, there is a left towards Muir of Ord, home of Glen Ord Distillery and Maltings.

Continuing along the A9 road from the Tore roundabout, the route north crosses the Cromarty Firth Bridge. The warehouses of Dalmore come into view on the right however, Dalmore Distillery and Visitor Centre is signposted left.

Highland Whisky Distilleries

On past Invergordon. This is home to a thriving oil industry support system. Invergordon is also where cruise ships dock. Thousands of passengers arrive to explore the area including Inverness and the Highland whisky distilleries. Taking a Highland Whisky Tour is a popular excursion.

The historic town of Tain is next with Glenmorangie Distillery situated on the north side of the town. Glenmorangie is famed for its tall, long neck stills an sits in a lovely location beside the Dornoch Firth.

The A836 branches off to the left towards Edderton and Balblair Distillery.

The Dornoch Firth is crossed via the bridge and the A9 continues on, bypassing the beautiful town of Dornoch. The cathedral is where Madonna’s son was christened.

Passing Dunrobin Castle with its immaculate gardens and falconry displays and then onto the Highland town of Brora. On the far side lies Clynelish and Brora Distilleries.

You are now about 60 miles from Inverness. The next distillery is Pulteney Distillery in Wick and then Wolfstone Distillery in Thurso at the top of the mainland. There is a ferry service from Scrabster to Orkney where Scapa and Highland Park distilleries are.

How to get to Inverness

There are direct flights to Inverness from many places in the UK. There are also a growing number of direct flights from Europe e.g. Amsterdam. Inverness is also well connected by bus and train services.

There’s no official Highland Whisky Trail but there are tour guides and bus tours that depart from Inverness and will take you to some of these distilleries either as part of a guided whisky tour or tailor made private whisky tour. Some distilleries can be reached by public transport including train and bus.

Inverness is also relatively close to Speyside. Benromach is the first distillery to the east open to visitors. Check out the Speyside Whisky Tour.

Featured Distilleries

Balblair Distillery, near Tain
Dalmore Distillery, Alness
Tomatin Distillery, south of Inverness

You can use this outline Inverness and Highland Whisky Tour itinerary to shortlist and select distilleries that you’d like to visit and build the best distillery tours and whisky tastings for you.

Where next?

Visitors and tourists to Inverness often go east towards the Speyside whisky making region. Travelling west towards Skye and Oban is also a very popular option.

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