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The Malt Whisky Trail is the ultimate Scotch experience, sitting in the heart of malt whisky country. Be sure to check back on our blog to keep up to date with all the latest news from the Malt Whisky Trail. Read stories from our visitors, enjoy insight from the masters of malt, and find out what is going on in beautiful Moray Speyside.

Wild Winter Swimming on The Malt Whisky Trail

The clocks have gone back, the light is dimming, and winter is fast approaching. However tempting it may be to cosy up and batten down the hatches, getting outdoors and enjoying the changing seasons can be an exhilarating experience. 

Not for the faint-hearted, wild swimming is an outdoor sport that has been increasing in popularity for quite some time now, and here at The Malt Whisky Trail we’re raising a dram to those who dare to take the plunge and enjoy our beautiful Speyside setting this winter by collating our favourite wild swimming spots along The Trail – just remember to always plan in advance, prioritise your safety and leave your dram until afterwards!

Diving straight into our first spot, we come to Findhorn beach, located along the Moray coast just above Forres and near our Dallas Dhu distillery. Situated on a little peninsula that offers views of the Black Isle, Sutherland, and as far afield as Orkney, this beach boasts large sand dunes, rolling waves, and a sandy terrain perfect for a chilly swim. Grab that wetsuit because you’re guaranteed a great (if not a tad cold) swim.  

Following the coast west, we come to the seaside town of Lossiemouth that has an attractive East Beach. This little gem boasts beautiful pale sand, soft gentle waves, and a lovely seafront, perfect for a stroll after your dip in the ocean. There’s a good chance you’ll spot some marine wildlife too – if you’re lucky you may find yourself swimming with the the fish, dolphins and seals. Once you’ve dried off, why not head to our Glen Moray distillery for a warming dram after a windswept day?

Heading slightly off-piste inland between Benromach (Forres) and The Glenlivet (Glenlivet) we come to a secluded natural phenomenon. Dulsie waterfall is the perfect swimming spot for a tranquil weekend. Don’t let the chill deter you as you breathe in the fresh air and bathe in the natural showers that flow into the Findhorn River. Afterwards, there is only one way to get cosy and that’s with a dram in hand at one of these toasty distilleries. 

Last on our list is the infamous River Spey. Despite it being the fastest flowing river in Scotland and 172 kilometers in length, this river offers many calm and tranquil bathing spots. Swimmers can enter underneath the bridge at Carron as this spot provides a small beach-like bank. There is enough depth to swim around comfortably before finishing up your wild swimming adventure with a stop at our Cardhu Distillery

So grab the towel, look out that wetsuit and don’t let the winter chill put you off the gorgeous Speyside elements over the winter months. A warming dram and welcome will always be waiting for you at one of our distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail. 

For more information on wild swimming as well as important safety tips, visit the Wild Swimming site here.

Dog-Friendly Spots along The Malt Whisky Trail

Have you ever been packed, ready to hit the road for the next adventure, but something paws at the back of your mind? Suddenly you remember; what about the dog!? This time, why not say no to the kennels, good-bye to the dog sitters, and embrace a trip that caters for you and your four-legged friend. Here, we provide you and your pup with the top dog-friendly spots to eat, sleep, and go walkies along the Malt Whisky Trail! 

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Warm Weather Spots of The Malt Whisky Trail

Summer is nearing its end, but that doesn’t mean the good weather has to stop. To guarantee you catch the last of any warm days before Autumn, we have created a few warm weather spots for you to visit. Follow our Malt Whisky Trail and discover our five ‘hotspots’ where you can enjoy the remaining sunny weather in Scotland. 

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Meet Benromach Distillery Manager, Keith Cruickshank

Whisky lovers travel from all over the world to visit the nine locations on the Malt Whisky Trail but what they might not have experienced yet is the incredible people behind the trail that keep the wheels turning. We want to give you the ‘behind the scenes glance’ at The Malt Whisky Trail.

For our first interview we managed to walk down memory lane with Keith Cruickshank, Benromach’s Distillery Manager of 21 years.

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Spring/Summer Opening Times | Malt Whisky Trail

Spring is without a doubt one of the best times of year to visit Speyside. The sun is starting to shine, the flowers are in bloom, the little lambs are running around the fields and of course… increased opening hours at our Malt Whisky Trail locations! Not sure where to start? Here is a quick run-down of The Malt Whisky Trail locations you should visit this Spring/Summer. Read More

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The Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, Scotland, has become the first whisky trail in the world to launch its own brand of whisky. ‘Monarch of the Trail’ is a blend of Speyside Single Malts aged 12 years from across the seven whisky producing sites on the Trail, showcasing the region’s iconic whisky credentials.

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Don’t let the cold temperatures stop you from venturing out to all the warming spots of Speyside.  Speyside can be a magical place in the Winter with snow dusted rolling hills, walks by the beautiful River Spey and most notably, by finding a cosy nook to tuck up by an open fire and enjoy our fantastic local produce. We have collated a list of our top 5 favourite ‘Speyside Snugs’ for you this Winter. Read More

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