The world-renowned single malt Scotch whisky is affectionately known as the "water of life" or “uisge beatha” in Scottish Gaelic. It is the national drink of Scotland and something that we Scots are extremely proud to be associated with. Scotch whisky is the number one food and drink export industry within the United Kingdom, generating £5.5 billion in total income in 2019. The industry accounts for approximately 80% of Scotland’s food and drink exports and whisky is shipped to over 200 countries worldwide. The whisky industry is a major employer within Scotland and directly employs over 10, 000 staff with over 30, 000 employed further down the supply chain. Over 2 million people visited whisky distilleries in Scotland in 2019 making it the third most popular tourist attraction.
"The Whisky Regions"
In 2020, there are over 120 whisky distilleries in Scotland, ranging from the Highland Park Distillery on the Orkney Islands to Bladnoch Distillery in Dumfries & Galloway. There are five main whisky producing regions within Scotland: Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside, each offers a distinct and unique taste ensuring that there is a whiskey amenable to everyone’s palate. When visiting Scotland please do not miss the opportunity to visit a whisky distillery, enjoy the tour and learn about the scientific distilling process, take part in a tasting session and familiarise yourself with the varied taste sensations associated with single malt Scotch whisky.
Campbeltown whiskies provide an extremely varied flavour, some lighter while others are smoky, salty and full of body.
The Highland region also covers many maritime towns that produce whisky with a hint of sea air to much smoother, lighter varieties.
Islay whiskies are generally very smoky and peaty and not for the fainthearted.
Speyside is the most densely populated whisky region offering a myriad of different tastes including fruity, sweet, spicy and peaty.
The lowland region tends to produce smooth malts that can provide a gentle introduction to whisky tasting.
"Still Tours Scotland"
The distillery guide has been put together showing many of the best distillery tours Scotland has to offer with the help and insight from one of the best guides in the business, Still Tours Scotland. If you are looking for that personalised, VIP trip with a hugely experienced guide I can't recommend Still Tours Scotland enough, simply click on the button at the end of the blog for information and booking details.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
At the Scotch Whisky Experience you’ll find a range of tours which cater to everyone; from those with a budding interest in whisky, right through to the drinks professionals wanting to firm up their expertise on Scotland’s most famous product. Each tour includes time in the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky: housed here since 2009, the Collection comprises 3,384 different bottles and has been described as “one of the seven wonders of the whisky world.”
Still Tours Scotland evolved from the Ellon Whisky Shop in February 2020. The Ellon Whisky Shop, established in 2016, thrives to provide high-quality single malt whisky to our esteemed customers from across Aberdeenshire and Scotland. It is our customer service and commitment to deliver on our promises that sets us apart. So, when we got requests to offer the ultimate whisky tour experience, it was in our beautiful Scottish nature to do just that. Please click below for more details and we would be delighted to arrange a bespoke tour on your behalf.