Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Take the high road and travel to Speyside where you can sip Scotch in the spiritual home of malt whisky and celebrate everything that is great about Scotland’s national drink.
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place over five days in a region synonymous with the world’s best known malt whisky, and comprises over 370 events for connoisseurs and whisky novices.
Visitors can take part in nosings and tastings, tour distilleries not usually open to the public, take part in walks to see the area’s breathtaking natural beauty, visit art exhibitions and sample fine foods.
And there’s the chance to dance the night away with the locals with the Spirit of Speyside Sessions. A brand new event for this year, the Spirit of Speyside Sessions is a festival within a festival featuring some of the top acts in Scottish traditional music.
The festival is one of the key events in Scotland’s Year of Homecoming 2014, and will kick off Whisky Month with events focused on the amber nectar taking place throughout Scotland.
- Getting around Speyside and enjoying a dram is easy as there are regular buses linking many of the venues. Day tickets cost £7.50 while a pass for the full five days is £25.
- Get advice on planning events you want to attend by visiting the Festival hub in Aberlour, which is open throughout the Festival.
- There’s much more to Speyside than whisky – Ballindalloch Castle, luxury cashmere producer Johnstons of Elgin and Knockando Woolmill are among the other places to stop off.
- If you enjoy the great outdoors, go salmon fishing on the mighty River Spey, take a wildlife safari on Glenlivet, or play a round of golf at one of the area’s most challenging courses at Dufftown.