Scotland is famous for it’s two national drinks, the soft drink Irn Bru and of course it’s little tipple, Whisky. Scotland is said to have the best whisky in the world, this being put down to its water. Did you know there are different types of Whisky? Discover how, through the production process where the barley grain is smoked with peat. Every year there is a number of Scotland’s Whisky Festivals taking place. Here’s what you need to know.
Scotland’s Whisky Festivals
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Speyside is Scotland’s highest whisky producing area, with over 50 malt whisky distilleries. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is one of the largest worldwide, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. The annual festival takes place over 5 days, this year 2nd – 7th May. With more than 500 events taking place throughout the beautiful region of Speyside from Aberdeen to Inverness.
The festival has been running for over 20 years, getting bigger and better. This year go behind the scenes, taste rare and limited whisky’s, as well as lots more!
Islay Festival of Music & Malt
Islay has 8 whisky distilleries on the island, the oldest said to be Ardbeg.
Join in the fun with the annual Islay Festival of Music & Malt taking place this year from Friday 25th May through till Saturday 2nd June. Now in its 15th year, there is lots to look forward to including live traditional music, ceilidhs and even Gaelic lessons.
Other Scottish Whisky Festivals
With the popularity of the Scottish tipple, the festivals have multiplied! Today you can find the Edinburgh Whisky Festival, The National Whisky Festival, Glasgow Whisky Festival and The Stirling Whisky Festival. While visiting Edinburgh the festival city, you can now enjoy the Whisky Fringe in the month of August!
Why not extend your stay and visit some of Scotland’s many distilleries. There is a large selection of accommodation for many budgets. Please do book in advance to avoid disappointment. Did you know you can also take scenic bus tours ranging from 1 to 8 days from Edinburgh that includes some of Scotland’s famous distilleries such as Cardhu, which goes into Johnnie Walker’s blended whiskies.
What are you waiting for? Slangevar (cheers) x
Please drink responsibly and UK alcohol age restriction 18 (ID may be required).