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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.

Speyside’s summer has sprung! 

How to embrace the outdoors during a period of social distancing 

During the current situation of social distancing and working from home, getting outdoors where possible to embrace the summer weather can do your wellbeing the world of good. And with the increased easing of lockdown, the need to get outside is growing.

Luckily, the Speyside region offers plenty of open, green spaces where you can get outside to enjoy the sunshine and some exercise. Although these are public spaces, they should allow enough room for sensible social distancing so that you can enjoy the fresh air without putting yourself and loved ones at risk. Read More

Hidden foodie gems to explore this summer along The Malt Whisky Trail

We may well still be in lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but Speyside’s spirit continues to amaze us with the many businesses adapting to the challenge of ‘the new normal’. 

Here along The Malt Whisky Trail, we’ve picked out some of our favourite Speyside food and drink businesses that have found ways to thrive despite the circumstances whilst keeping social distancing and customer welfare at the top of their priority list. Whether it’s getting your caffeine fix, enjoying some local views or grabbing a tasty bite to eat, there are a few hidden gems to explore while you’re out and about in the local area.  Read More

Pass The Dram Video

Ahead of World WhiskyDay this Saturday, we’re encouraging you to #PassTheDram.

From Uruguay to the Outer Hebrides and India to Canada, whisky lovers have joined the whisky men and women from The Trail as well as some well known whisky experts to enjoy their favourite whiskies, before ‘passing’ them on to create a (virtual) Malt Whisky Trail.

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The Malt Whisky Trail Lockdown Playlist

Lockdown may be getting us slightly down so here at The Malt Whisky Trail we have created a playlist to bring your spirits UP! It consists of songs, bands, and musicians that collectively capture a sense of Speyside, whisky, and community that many of us are missing during lockdown. Each song is paired with a whisky from one of our distilleries so sit back, pour yourself a dram and have a listen to these 7 tracks. 

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Essence of a culture is distilled in the world’s favourite spirit – Iain Allan

Amid this time of uncertainty, it is often difficult to find a source of inspiration and hope. Yet, Speyside’s whisky tourism industry continues to create a sense of community in its region and beyond.

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What’s happening to the Malt Whisky Trail Distilleries during Covid-19?

Distilleries that will open on the 15th of July:

Glenfiddich – planning to reopen on the 15th of July with restricted access and social distancing measures in place in accordance with Scottish Government Guidelines. The distillery gift shop, whisky lounge and cafe will be open Wednesday – Sunday (10:30 am – 04:00 pm). At present no distillery tours will take place. Advanced booking is essential when visiting the distillery.

Glen Moray -planning to reopen on the 15th of July with restricted access and social distancing in place in accordance with Scottish Government Guidelines. The distillery gift shop and cafe will be open. At present no distillery tours will take place. Advanced booking is strongly advised.


Distilleries that will remain shut:

Cardhu – the distillery is currently off limits to the public.

The Glenlivet – the distillery is currently off limits to the public.  

Strathisla – the distillery is currentlyoff limits to the public.

Benromach – the distillery is currently off limits to the public.

Dallas Dhu – the distillery is currently off limits to the public. 

GlenGrant – the distillery is currently off limits to the public.

Speyside Cooperage – the Cooperage is currently off limits to the public.


Although public access has been limited, whisky-making operations remain unaffected. The Malt Whisky Trail hopes that you stay safe and we will keep you updated if any further changes are made. 

Last minute romantic spots along The Malt Whisky trail this Valentine’s weekend

Roses are red, violets are blue,

Visit The Malt Whisky Trail,

For a romantic dram…or two!

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Last-minute gift shopping along The Malt Whisky Trail

As Christmas fast approaches we’re all familiar with last minute gift panic setting in. However, if you’re tired of battling the bustling streets and want to find a unique last minute gift with a personal touch, look no further than The Malt Whisky Trail. We have the perfect solution to qualm your fears surrounding the ghost of Christmas present; take a look at our top tips for our Whisky Trail wonders where you can pick up the ultimate Christmas gift. 

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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. 

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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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