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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 site re-opening plans

We’re pleased to let you know that some of sites on The Malt Whisky Trail have reopened following the recent relaxation of COVID restrictions in Scotland.

There are still some limitations in place — indoor tours are not permitted, alcohol has to be served outside and visitors must maintain social distancing — but you can be assured your welcome will be as warm as ever. Read More

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Exploring The Malt Whisky Trail and Moray Speyside by campervan

We might still be in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your dream holiday for when restrictions are lifted. There’s so much to see and do along The Malt Whisky Trail that it’s the perfect place for a short break, or an addition to a longer tour of Scotland. And what better way to get around than by campervan?

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Christmas Opening Times on The Malt Whisky Trail

It’s been a long and difficult year, so no-one could begrudge the teams at our nine partner sites from taking a well-earned break over the festive period. We’ll be updating this page with The Malt Whisky Trail’s sites’ Christmas and New Year Opening times as we get them. Read More

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Shop Local this Christmas on The Malt Whisky Trail

Are you looking for the perfect present for a loved one this Christmas? The Malt Whisky Trail is home to a number of retailers and traditional crafts to help you shop local and support independent Speyside businesses this festive season. If you don’t live locally, don’t worry, you can still support many of these businesses through their online shops. Read More

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Watch now – Alexander McCall Smith comes to The Malt Whisky Trail

Last week we were lucky enough to be joined by the best-selling author of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street, Alexander McCall Smith. Broadcast on Instagram Live, he spoke to us about his inspiration, his love of Scotland (and whisky) and read an excerpt from his new book Tiny Tales.

Thanks to our partner site The Glenlivet for providing the whiskies! The event was part of Scottish Book Trust’s Book Week Scotland 2020 programme. Read More

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Book Week Scotland – Alexander McCall Smith comes to The Malt Whisky Trail

The Malt Whisky Trail is preparing to virtually welcome the prolific Alexander McCall Smith during Book Week Scotland when he collaborates with The Glenlivet Distillery in Speyside next week, bringing literature and laughter to the heart of Malt Whisky Country.

Known and loved across the world for his No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series, master story-teller Alexander McCall Smith will narrate stories and poetry from his home in Edinburgh. This unprecedented Book Week Scotland event will be live streamed on The Malt Whisky Trail Instagram channel on 17th of November at 1pm (GMT). Read More

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The eight flavour profiles to look out for in a dram as you travel The Malt Whisky Trail

Here at The Malt Whisky Trail, we’re proud to welcome visitors from all corners of the globe.  Some are whisky aficionados, and some are new on their journey to appreciating single malt whisky.  Whichever category you fall in to, read on to find out about how to taste whisky and the eight flavour profiles you can identify in the drams you’ll savour on The Malt Whisky Trail.  Read More

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Eight unique holiday homes to rent on The Malt Whisky Trail

From award-winning hotels, to rural campsites, there is an array of accommodation options along The Malt Whisky Trail.  If you’re looking for something a little different, we’ve rounded up eight of the most unique and special holiday homes you can hire on The Trail, for groups of all sizes and ages. Read More

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

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