Travelling in the winter means that cold weather might follow you everywhere you go.
The key to win this battle against nature is easy: warm yourselves up! And we all know that in Scotland the best way to do so is trying new whiskies whenever you can or simply having a dram of your favourite one. Although, traditions are also important and learning how to keep them alive is a vital part of our culture. There is always a way to learn and enjoy yourselves, in this case why not going on a distillery tour? Unsure of which one to visit? We have the best recommendations for you!
The Glen Ord Distillery is in Muir of Ord, a wee village near Inverness. There are few options for you, if you would like to enquire about their facilities. For a short tour, you will visit the exhibition, watch a short video and receive a complimentary dram of Singleton, the Glen Ord special whisky. You can also go for the classic tour of the distillery, finishing off with a taste of their Singleton. Otherwise, you can get a tutored nosing and tasting of 3 different whiskeys from around Scotland or 3 different Singleton of their production – 12, 15 and 18 years old. Plenty of choices for everyone and if you want to fully enjoy this experience together, you can catch a train from Inverness to Muir of Ord, so you won’t need a designated driver!
The Tomatin Distillery is certainly one of the biggest in the area. No chance in this case to go there by train, so you will need to go by car, taxi or a guided tour. Located in Tomatin, 16 miles south of Inverness, this distillery has a separate visitor centre, so be sure to get to the right building! With a good variety of tours, with each one of them giving you a taste of a different range of whiskies, you will certainly not be disappointed.
If you are not a big whisky fan, we also recommend the Black Isle Brewery. Located only 7 miles away, you can sample amazing organic homegrown beers crafted locally, with a unique flavour and a wide selection of core, seasonal and collaboration ranges.
All these centres are open all year round, but we always suggest booking in advance, as during high season they are usually quite busy and during low season there might be adverse weather conditions making travelling difficult.