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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.

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?

Update as of 12th October 2020:

A two-week circuit breaker has been announced in Scotland between 9th and 25th October. One of the new restrictions is the banning of the serving of alcohol in indoor premises. As a result, some of the visitor experiences available at our partner sites have been affected. Please contact the individual distillery visitor centres for more information about what is and is not available at present, and we will update the below with information as we get it.

The Glenlivet – Whisky tasting experiences have been suspended until 26th October. The distillery’s shop is still open 7 days a week, and bookings are being taken online for tastings after 26th October.

Strathisla – Whisky tasting experiences have been suspended until 26th October, although visitors are welcome to come by to visit the shop and have a chat about whisky. The shop will be open 10am – 4pm Thursday – Monday

Cardhu – The distillery is currently closed to visitors, due to ongoing refurbishment works at the visitor centre, with plans to re-open in 2021.


Distilleries that will reopened on the 15th of July:

Glenfiddich – reopened 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. Read More

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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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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