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 Moray Speyside distilleries listed below are open to visitors. All offer distillery tours and some will offer whisky tastings.
Moray Speyside Distilleries with Visitor Centres
- Benromach Distillery – Forres
- Dallas Dhu Distillery (Museum)
- Glen Moray Distillery – Elgin
- Strathisla Distillery – Keith
- BenRiach Distillery – Near Elgin
- Glen Grant Distillery– Rothes
- The Macallan Distillery
- Cardhu Distillery
- Glenfiddich Distillery – Dufftown
- Balvenie Distillery – Dufftown
- The Glenlivet Distillery
- GlenAllachie Distillery
- Ballindalloch Distillery
- Cragganmore Distillery
- Tomintoul Distillery
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 your 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.
The main ingredients are just 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 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. The distillery visitor centres have shops where you can often buy distillery exclusive whiskies and limited edition whikies.
Visiting a distillery is one of the most popular things to do when on holiday in Moray Speyside. Therefore, some can get busy. It’s best to book in advance where possible. There are different types of tours available from standard to more in depth, hands on experiences. Try and arrive well in advance, the roads around Speyside can be quite slow.
If you are driving, don’t drink any whisky as there are very strict penalties for drink driving in Scotland and the limits are much lower than the rest of the UK.
You might find these Speyside Whisky Tour planning tips useful.