Scottish Whisky Distillery Map
The Scottish Whisky Distillery Map highlights distilleries that have visitor centres or conduct regular tours and are open to the public. Use the whisky map to plan your route and develop your itinerary. There are some notes below the map that may help with orientation and your research.
Whisky Map Notes
As you can see from the map, wherever your tour of Scotland take you, you won’t be too far from a distillery. There are two main concentrations of distilleries. One is around Islay (pronounced Eye-luh) which is a small island off the west coast of Scotland and has 9 working distilleries. Islay is approximately 17 miles wide and 26 miles long to give a sense of size (although it’s a fairly irregular shape). With so many distilleries open to the public in such a small area, it is popular for Islay Whisky Tours. Look to the west of Glasgow to find Islay on the distillery map. Islay whiskies are almost always peated.
The second concentrated area in Scotland is Speyside region in Moray which hosts around half of all Scotland’s whisky distilleries. They are fairly close to each other. Many whisky tourists visit this area every year to take a Speyside Whisky Tour. Look around Elgin (east of Inverness) on the map.
Around Inverness and the north there is a collection of distilleries. Once you identify Inverness on the map, you will see it has no distilleries but quite a few nearby ranging from Tomatin in the south to Glen Ord, Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Balblair in the north.
A common route north from the central belt of Scotland is via the A9 which has a number of whisky distilleries on or near the route. The A9 starts at Dunblane, near Stirling and traverses the Highlands up to Inverness and all the way up to the far north of Scotland.