Whisky, Scotland's national drink has a heritage dating back more than 500 years. It is therefore, little surprise that the Gaelic name for whisky, Uisge Beatha, translates as 'Water of Life'.

Whisky's are divided into different regions, depending where the distillery that produces the whisky is situated. These include Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and the Islands.

Most distilleries have visitor centres with many offering guided tours.

A visit to Glen Ord Distillery is a delight to both the eye and the palate.  Watch the distillers creating the magical combination of sweet, malty and dry whisky which dances on the palate.  Glen Ord is located 15 minutes drive west of Inverness.

Grantown-on-Spey is a whisky lover’s dream.  It is home to some of the finest whisky in Scotland and there are so many distilleries in the area that you could easily spend your entire holiday researching the native drink.  A few of the most popular sites are noted below:

Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre
Muir of Ord, IV6 7UJ, Tel:  01463 872004
W:  http://www.scotlandwhisky.com/distilleries/highlands/Ord

Cardhu Distillery
Knockando, Morayshire, Tel:  01340 872555
W:  http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/cardhu/

Dalmore Distillery
Alness Ross-shire, IV17 0UT, Tel: 01349 882362
W: www.thedalmore.com

Also in the area distilleries include:

Glen Albyn


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