Visiting Distilleries

In the Highlands of Scotland

Scotland boasts around 100 distilleries producing the finest malt whisky

Visiting Distilleries

“The proper drinking of whisky is more than indulgence; it is a toast to a civilisation, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses with which he has been endowed”
David Daiches

Where whisky was first produced, or by whom, is an age-old question that history struggles to answer. Yet in fiercely proud Scotland, a country with around 100 independent distilleries, the question feels a little moot. Indeed, few things feel more Scottish, than a wee dram of single malt on a cool night in the Highlands.

There are a huge number of distilleries in Scotland many of which are internationally famous, especially the Whisky producers. In recent years the number and prestige of Gin distilleries has boomed. A great day out and all the major distilleries offer a tour and a ‘free sample’…so decide who’s driving! Unfortunately, there are not so many in the North West Highlands. The nearest being Muir of Ord where you will find the Glen Ord Distillery, which is towards Inverness and easily accessible from Coorie about an hour’s drive.

Further north on the A9 is the Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain about an hour and a half from Coorie. Equally well known is The Macallan Distillery, Aberlour and The Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin, Inverness. Of course, Spey Side to the south of Inverness has many excellent and well known distilleries.

In the cottage we have a guidebook to all the distilleries of Scotland, which will provide you with a far more comprehensive list and description of the choices available. You will have noticed that we provide a wee snifter of Laphroaig single malt in the cottage. There is also a book about this fine whisky which is distilled on the Hebridean Island of Islay. Well worth a trip to the islands for the determined distillery traveller.