Aberdeen: the gateway to whisky country

Let your senses come alive as you learn about Scotland’s rich heritage of producing whisky. Speyside has the highest concentration of distilleries in the country and is the nearest producing region to Aberdeen.

With a record number of people visiting Scotland’s whisky distilleries, it is a vital part of the country’s heritage.

Discover Scotland’s amber nectar

Any trip to Scotland is not complete without delving into the nation’s most-loved export, its amber nectar, Scotch Whisky. It’s found in any bar in the country and is not just about the taste. This is part of Scotland’s heritage; a tradition that goes back to 1494 and a craft that is carefully passed down from generation to generation. Some distilleries have remained in the same family for hundreds of years, whilst others are now owned by international drink giants. Some distilleries still use traditional methods whilst others have modernized their facilities. Regardless, the ingredients have remained unchanged throughout time.

Distilleries in Aberdeenshire

Scotland is made up of four main whisky regions: Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Island. Speyside is the closest to Aberdeen and has the highest concentration of distilleries in the country.

Whisky tours

Castle Tours offer day trips where you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you are driven to some of the regions distilleries. The tours also include a visit to a Scottish Castle. Duncan’s Tours Scotland also offer day tours or custom-made trips to Speyside, with hotel pick up and drop off.

Malt Whisky Trail

The region has its own dedicated Malt Whisky Trail, which involves a longer drive but a more comprehensive experience. Follow the well-marked tourist route, which will lead you to each of the eight distilleries. The route also includes Speyside Cooperage where you can learn about the incredible craftsmanship involved in making whisky barrels.

whiskey country Aberdeen - Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre 2 - Malt Whisky Trail - Scotland

Source: ©Speyside Cooperage

The closest distillery to Aberdeen

Glen Gairoch, founded in 1797, is the most easterly distillery in the country and is the closest to Aberdeen, just 17 miles away. The visitor center offers a guided tour and a first-hand glimpse into the master craft of whisky. It can easily be reached by car or bus.

whiskey country Aberdeen - Glen Garioch Distillery, Speyside near Aberdeen

Source:©Glen Garish Distillery

The capital of whisky: Dufftown

Designate a driver and make the journey to Dufftown, just over an hour from Aberdeen, and you will find yourself in whisky heaven. Alternatively, the journey can be made by a combination of train and taxi. Two of Scotland’s biggest brands are located here: The Balvenie and Glenfiddich. Both visitor centers provide guided tours where you will learn about the history and production as well as the traditional methods used with a visit to the malting house and cooperage. Visit Dufftown during 24th – 29th September to celebrate the Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival.

Aberdeen’s whisky bar

One of the city’s oldest and most atmospheric bars, The Grill was established in 1870. Its shelves contain nearly 600 single malts and blends from Scotland and across the globe. This extensive menu may seem daunting but the knowledgeable staff love to do nothing more than talk about whisky. Just ask and they will find the perfect dram for you.

The Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen Hotel is your gateway to the distilleries of Scotland’s largest whisky producing region. The city is also filled with bars and restaurants where you can sample the country’s most-loved spirit.

Slàinte Mhath!

whisky country Aberdeen - the Grill Whisky Bar in Aberdeen interior

©The Grill BarAberdeen

Top image: ©Speyside Cooperage