Scottish Malt Whisky Trail
Knockomie Scottish Highland Hotel is on the Western gateway to the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail so what better place to stay and enjoy this exclusive part of Scotland.
The Scottish Distilleries on our Whisky Trail include famous names such as Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, Benromach and many more. See below for more information about individual distilleries.
Moray is truly the heart of the Malt Whisky industry, one of Scotlands major industries and an important export earner. Half of all the malt whisky distilleries in Scotland lie along the glens of the majestic River Spey and its tributaries. For the real enthusiast Moray offers the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world, consisting of 8 distilleries and one cooperage.
Formerly the site of illicit distilling and built on the side of the River Spey, it is the water that over the centuries has ensured the special distinctive character of Cardhu Single Malt Whisky.
There is a coffee shop, gift shop, exhibition and picnic area on site.
Open all year round – opening times vary at different times of the year.
T 01340 872555
This former distillery has been developed to allow visitors to see in more detail how whisky is produced. Complete with visitor centre, gift shop, audio visual presentation and picnic grounds.
Open All Year (Closed Thursday afternoon, Fridays and Sunday mornings in Winter)
T 01309 676548
The Smallest distillery in Moray, founded in 1898 the distillery has suffered many closures and changes in ownership over the years. Gordon and MacPhail rescued the distillery and set about an extensive reinstallation programme to bring it back to its former glory. In 1998 HRH The Prince of Wales reopened the distillery.
Open October to March Mon-Fri, April to Sept Mon-Sat. Open Sunday June, July and August.
T 01309 675968
Founded in 1840 by the two Grant Brothers, Glen Grant distillery produces a light, floral malt whisky which is clearly different. Enjoy a tour and discover the secrets of the distillery including the delightful Victorian garden originally created by Major Grant restored to its former glory.
Open April – October
T 01542 783318, f 01542 783304
Established in 1824 by George Smith. Discover the home of this world famous 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Enjoy a guided tour which includes an opportunity to see inside a vast bonded warehouse.
Open April – October
T 01542 783220, f 01542 783218
Home and heart of Chivas Regal. Enjoy the hospitality and the unhurried pace of the self guided tour of the oldest working distillery in the Highlands, founded in 1786.
Open April – October
T 01542 783044, f 01542 783039
Owned and managed by the fifth generation of the Grant family. Glenfiddich is the only “chateau-bottled” Highland Malt. Bottling at the distillery using a single source of water gives Glenfiddich its unique purity of taste. Open All year
T 01340 820373, f 01340 822083
Established in 1836, Glenfarclas is proud of its independence. Enjoy a guided tour then relax with a dram I the splendour of the Ships Room, or simply browse in the gift shop.
Open All Year Round – Opening times may vary at different time of the year.
T 01807 500245/500257, f 01807 500234
Located on the outskirts or Craigellachie, the award winning working cooperage is unique to the area. Go and see the highly skilled coopers and apprentices practising the ancient craft. Each year over 100,000 oack casks are repaired and used to mature many different kinds of whisky.
Open All Year
T 01340 871108, f 01340 881437
Adjacent to the River Lour where the River Spey meets, sits the world famous Aberlour Distillery. Built in a unique location by James Fleming this sheltered areas was a Clear, Bubbling Stream with falls surrounded by verdant shading oaks. The distillery still makes the same lightly peated malt barley whisky.
Open All Year Tuesday – Saturday
T 01340 881249
Nestling on the banks of the River Lossie Glen Moray Distillery in the western quarter of the cathedral city of Elgin.
Glen Moray is a unique experience as an authentic working distillery without the tourist frills. Just real people going about their business – making whisky.
Open all year Monday – Friday
T 01343 542577
On May Day in 1893 the first spirit flowed from the newly
operational Balvenie distillery. An expansion of the
already established Glenfiddich Distillery, Balvenie now
holds it's own as a fine distiller of Scottish Single Malt.
Open All Year Round (Except Weekends)
T 01340 820 373, F 01340 820805
Opened in 1840 in Rothes Glen Grant was the first only only distillery in town for 40 years. It was the first industrial premises in the North of Scotland to have electric lighting. Glen Grant has played a key role in introducing Malt whisky to comsummers outside of Scotland, notably in Italy where it is seen as the epitome of Malt Whisky.
Open March to October
T 01340 832 103, F 01340 832 118
Autumn Whisky Festival
September 25th - 28th 2009
You don't have to wait until 2010 to enjoy the next Whisky Festival on Speyside! The Autumn Whisky Festival, organised by Dufftown 2000 Ltd, presents a range of exciting events from 25-28 September.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
April 29th - May 3rd 2010
Visitors to the Festival in 2010 will be able to enjoy the best that Speyside has to offer. Themed on Whisky, Food and the Heritage and Culture of Speyside, the Festival will aim to deliver the full range of quality events. Join in the Opening Dinner at Benromach Distillery on 29 April 2010.
For even more information, visit the Malt Whisky Trail website.