Speyside Whisky Tour Itinerary

This page gives an outline Speyside Whisky Tour itinerary with an overview of the Speyside whisky distilleries you can tour or take whisky tastings at. It gives a flavour of the this whisky making region so you can put together your own Speyside Whisky Tour with the distilleries which best suit you.

Speyside is home to around 50 working distilleries, many of which offer tours and whisky tastings. Speyside is a great destination for touring distilleries and it is home to some of the most famous brands as well as a good number of less well known ones.

Speyside lies in the North East of Scotland between Inverness and Aberdeen. The roadsigns at the boundaries say Welcome to Moray with the strapline Malt Whisky Country. Moray is the local authority region and from a tourism point of view, the region is known as Moray Speyside.

Speyside Whisky Distilleries

Travelling from Inverness, the first Speyside distillery with a visitor centre is Benromach in the ancient market town of Forres. Dallas Dhu Distillery lies just to the south of Forres. Although it is no longer in production it does have a visitor centre with a self guided tour.

East of Forres lies Elgin, the capital of Moray and the main population centre. It is home to visitor attractions such as Elgin Cathedral and Johnstons of Elgin. Glen Moray Distillery sits on the western side.

Further east is the country town of Keith and is home to Strathisla Distillery. Established in 1786, it is one of the most attractive distilleries in Scotland.

Strathisla Distillery is regarded as one of the most photogenic distillereies in Scotland. Range of tours ⋅ Warehouse tastings ⋅ Established 1786 ⋅ Home of Chivas

Dropping down from Elgin is the A941 road. 3 miles from Elgin, is BenRiach Distillery unmistakable with its whitewashed warehouse and large lettering.

Travelling further down into Speyside is the village of Rothes, home of Glen Grant distillery with its extensive gardens. Rothes is the home of Forsyths, copper whisky still manufactures. You are very likely to see their work on distillery tours in Speyside and throughout Scotland.

Leaving Rothes the route travels close to the River Spey but it takes some time to come into view on the left side. Soon brown tourist signs mark Macallan and Cardhu Distilleries to the right.

The Macallan was established in 1824 and the new visitor experience opened in 2018. Range of tours ⋅ Tastings ⋅ Whisky Wall ⋅ Brasserie

Continuing on over the roadbridge, there’s the old Craigellachie bridge on the right. It’s an iconic sight and a key part of the region’s heritage.

The village of Craigellachie is on the left. The road climbs and there’s a left towards the Speyside Cooperage where you can watch the barrel makers. Further on is Dufftown, the whisky capital of the world and home to Balvenie and Glenfiddich Distilleries.

Glenfiddich Distillery opened the first visitor centre in Scotland over 50 years ago. Range of experiences ⋅ Onsite restaurant ⋅ Family owned

Back on the A941, Aberlour comes into view with Walkers Shortbread Factory on the left. The wide straight road through Aberlour has a small number of independent shops. At the end of the village is Aberlour Distillery established by James Fleming who did much to make Aberlour the place it is now.

The route carries on south, deeper into Speyside. There’s a left turn to find GlenAllachie Distillery.

Further on the flags of Glenfarclas indicate the narrow road to the left which leads to the distillery.

The trail leads past Ballindalloch Castle. A left takes you to Glenlivet Distillery and it’s remote location. Continuing down the road leads over the River Avon and nearby Ballindalloch Distillery. A  short distance further on is Cragganmore Distillery, situated about a mile off the main road.

Cragganmore was established in 1869 and is known for producing a complex whisky. Rural location ⋅ Clubroom ⋅ Taste from other distilleries

Featured Distilleries

Macallan Distillery, near Craigellachie
Strathisla Distillery, Keith
BenRiach Distillery, near Elgin
Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown
Cragganmore Distillery, near Ballindalloch

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

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