General travel advice
The most common way of getting to Scotland's Speyside is flying to Aberdeen international airport. You are advised to hire a car and staying in Elgin area. There are plenty of accommodation options available ranging from family run Bed and Breakfasts to quality hotels and all of the whisky distilleries are within 35 miles.
Starting your journey
Your whisky pilgrimage begins deep in the heart of Speyside at The Glenlivet Distillery. After your visit there, follow the River Spey north to Knockando for a tour of Cardhu Distillery before heading west to Craigellachie to round your day off with a visit to the Speyside Cooperage.
Begin your tour of Speyside's famous distilleries by visiting The Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire. Admission is free and the guided tour gives you an insight into the intriguing history of this spectacular single malt, concluding with a complimentary dram of The Glenlivet 12, 18-years-old, or Nàdurra.
Drive 13 miles north to Knockandu for your next stop on the trail, Cardhu Distillery. Take one of the two tours offered to find out more about the only malt whisky distillery pioneered by a woman. Enjoy a dedicated tasting and nosing session with an expert at the end of the 'Glassic Tour' which includes a complimentary whisky glass to take home.
Continue 9 miles towards Dufftown, considered by many to be the heart of the Speyside whisky region, where you'll discover the spectacular Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and you can even have a go at making your own mini-cask.
Start your second day with a trip to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. Built by William Grant and his family over a period of 18 months, the first drops of whisky flowed from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. For a truly memorable experience, book a place on the half-day Pioneer's Tour where you get to bottle your Glenfiddich direct from the cask and enjoy a tasting and nosing masterclass.
A quick journey to Rothes takes you to the Glen Grant Distillery, the only Scotch whisky distillery that is named after its founding owners. Explore the distillery's beautiful Victorian Garden then take a guided tour or private tasting session to find out more about the distinctive dram.
Take a 20 minute drive to Keith and tour Strathisla Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands which dates back to 1786. One of the distillery's fantastic tours will give you an insight into the art of blending as the distillery produces a range of Chivas Regal premium blended whiskies alongside its single malt Strathisla 12-Year-Old.
Embark on your final day of the trail with a visit to Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, where a warm welcome awaits you. Soak up the brilliant atmosphere in the distillery and watch the small, dedicated team craft the single malt on the Regular Tour or, for an in-depth insight, take the Fifth Chapter Tour led by the Distillery Manager.
Take the 20 minute journey to Forres and the Benromach Distillery which is home to the world's first fully certified organic single malt. Uncover the secrets behind creating Benromach's beautiful malts with an Exclusive Manager's Tour or enjoy the hands-on Bottle Your Own Experience tour.
After a final 10 minute drive you can complete your exploration of the Malt Whisky Trail at Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, the idea of entrepreneur Alexander Edward. Spend time looking around the distillery, which finally closed for production in 1983, and find out more about its fascinating chequered past.