Speyside Whisky Distilleries

Moray is home to the Speyside Whisky Region. There are over 115 whisky distilleries in Scotland and you’ll find over 50 of them here in this relatively small area. Many are within a few miles of each other making it an ideal area for whisky tours. The Speyside distilleries listed below are open to visitors. All offer distillery tours and some will offer whisky tastings.

Speyside Distilleries with Visitor Centres

  • Benromach
  • Dallas Dhu (Museum)
  • Glen Moray
  • Strathisla
  • BenRiach
  • Glen Grant
  • Macallan
  • Cardhu
  • Glenfiddich
  • Balvenie
  • Glenlivet
  • Ballindalloch
  • Cragganmore

If you love whisky, you will love Moray Speyside and you will probably have a list of the Speyside distilleries you want to visit. If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to single malt whisky, then take some time to explore a distillery or two. A typical tour gives an insight into the distillation process and its history. Tours end with a tasting which can be an enlightening experience for even non whisky drinkers.

There’s something magical about sitting having a favourite dram in the distillery where it was made.

The hills around Speyside once hid hundreds of illegal stills. The whisky was sought after and smuggled whisky would find its way onto the tables of royalty. A tax and licensing change in the early 1800’s meant that legal whisky production became profitable and some of the previously illicit distilleries flourished.

Strathisla Distillery
Beautiful Strathisla Distillery

The main ingredients are barley and water so it is amazing how malt whisky varies so much from one distillery to another.

Many of the distilleries are beautiful with pagoda shaped roofs (kilns) and immaculate grounds. Not all of them are open to the public, but the ones that are offer something a bit different, just like their whiskies.