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The Whisky Highlands: Toast Your Hike with a Dram

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Sonja Jones

Geographically the Highlands is the biggest whisky region taking in distilleries from Orkney to Loch Lomond.

It’s the final stop on our wee whisky tour around Scotland as whisky month comes to a close. The Highlands is the region that has the most diversity in its drams meaning you should leave plenty of time to explore it at your leisure. Here are a couple of ideas.

Break up your northern road trip with a hike and a dram

Whisky Highlands Sandwood Bay

Take the twisty route north and tick the North Coast 500 off your bucket-list. Once you’ve rounded the headland and begun to trundle along our most northerly mainland coast you can take your your first distillery detour. Wolfburn, near Thurso, is one of Scotland’s newest distilleries but it is in fact a reincarnation of an old one using the same water source. The first casks matured in 2016 but its already winning awards.

As you head south towards Brora look out for Pultney and Clyenlish. Keep going on past the fairytale casle of Dunrobin and over the causeway to Glenmorangie. And finally to Teaninich near Alness. And if you still haven’t had enough detour to Glen Ord and arrive in Inverness via Beauly.

Work up a thirst on a long distance trail

Scotland’s famous long-distance trail the West Highland Way and near the start of this epic walk is a little sign inviting your for a dram at Glengoyne Distillery. We think it’d be rude not to take a wee dram when its so graciously offered so head towards the large white building with a pagoda shaped roof and sample their unpeated malt whisky.

If you’d prefer to follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s most famous outlaw then take the Rob Roy Way from Drymen to Callander. Stop in and take a tasting with the friendly team at Spirit of Callander. They have sourced whisky from across all the regions but they are partial to showing off some of the wares of their local distilleries like Deanston. It’s a light tasty dram too so why not have try?

Join us on an adventure in the Highlands:

Self Guided - The Rob Roy Way

Location: Multi-Location
  • Follow the path once used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw
  • Experience the breathtaking views of The Rob Roy Way, taking in ancient woodlands, open moorlands and rolling hills
  • Enjoy the sense of accomplishment each day, hiking from point to point, covering 92 miles along this trail

Price: from £735

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Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way

West Highland Way
Location: Multi-Location
  • Take on the challenge of Scotland's most famous and one of the world's greatest long distance trails - the West Highland Way.
  • Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery as you walk through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.
  • With the knowledge and experience of an expert guide, learn about the area's history and legends, as well as the flora and fauna along the route.

Price: from £1,495

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Self-Drive - The North Coast 500

Location: Multi-Location
  • Soak up the magnificent views of Britain's highest waterfall while cruising on Loch Glencoul
  • Enjoy a walk out to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain
  • Choose from a variety of cliff, coastal or mountain guided and self guided walks

Price: from £1,965

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Sonja Jones

Sonja left the big smoke behind to focus on combining two of her great loves: Scotland and storytelling.

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