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This is malt whisky country, and everywhere you go you’ll find local people who are eager to share their passion and knowledge for Scotland’s national drink. There is no better place to luxuriate in the full Scotch malt whisky experience than in one of the world-leading whisky bars located along The Malt Whisky Trail.

Whisky bars

The Malt Whisky Trail isn’t just a great place to see Scotch malt whisky being made, it’s the best place in the world to indulge your passion and enjoy the fruits of the local distilleries. The Malt Whisky Trail is home to whisky bars which are known the world over – global icons with unrivalled collections of some of Speyside’s finest malts.

The Mash Tun is a traditional bar housed in an old stone round house on the banks of the River Spey, on the road from The Glenlivet to the north, in the village of Aberlour. ‘The Mash’ is firmly established as a local and global favourite for homely fayre and a wide collection of whisky. 

The Dowans Hotel, at the north-bound entrance to Aberlour, is home to a 500-strong collection of whiskies in ‘The Still’ – a contemporary whisky snug.

The Craigellachie Hotel‘s world-renowned Quaich bar is well worth a visit. Refurbished with sumptuous Edwardian fixtures and boasting a handsome collection of rare old malts from the length of The Malt Whisky Trail, the Quaich has garnered a reputation as a once-in-a-lifetime whisky experience.

The Station Hotel‘s ‘Spirit Safe’ lounge plays host to more than 300 whiskies, and is located a little further north in Rothes.

Pubs

You’ll struggle to find a pub or bar in Speyside that doesn’t have an outstanding whisky collection, but if you fancy a pint you’re in luck too as there are many cosy places to have a drink on The Trail.

The Craigellachie’s pub Copper Dog is popular and busy, and only a short walk away from the Speyside Cooperage.

The Fiddichside Inn is close by, and is a traditional pub on the banks of the river with a large outdoor area for sunnier days. 

Windswept Brewing in Lossiemouth has a tap room and is only a short drive from Glen Moray. 

Against The Grain is a tap room in Elgin that is always busy.

The Croft Inn is at the southern end of The Trail, near The Glenlivet.

The Mosset Tavern in Forres, is conveniently located near Benromach and Glen Grant.

Whatever your tipple, you’ll find somewhere to enjoy on The Malt Whisky Trail.