A brand-new Whisky Festival has been introduced by eight Highland Distilleries at one of the Lonely Planet‘s ‘Best In Travel’ destinations – the Highland Whisky Trail. The celebration of the region’s finest distilleries on the North Coast 500 route will take place in May 2019, between the 10th and 17th.
The Highland Whisky Festival will see eight distilleries coming together for the first time ever for a series of exclusive tastings, tours and events. Balblair, Clynelish, Glenmorangie, Old Pulteney, The Dalmore, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Tomatin and Wolfburn will each host visitors from the world over to showcase the centuries of tradition, process and craft of their home.
This union between a world class driving route, wight internationally revered distilleries and the hospitality of the Highland people will result in an eight day-long celebration of Scotland’s national spirit. The programme is made up of eight unique days, each hosted by one of the participating distilleries. For those who appreciate the region in equal measure to the whisky, the Festival will be organising partnerships with the region’s best loved sights and businesses.
“Whisky is one of Scotland’s most valuable commodities, attracting visitors from all over the world, with one in five visitors making a trip to a whisky distillery during their stay,” said Chris Taylor, VisitScotland’s Regional Leadership Director. “As one of the largest whisky producing regions in Scotland, the Highlands is a veritable paradise for lovers of a wee dram with whisky a vital part of local tourism. With all eyes on the Highlands and Islands next year – following Lonely Planet naming it Best in Travel 2019 – this new festival will be a great addition to the visitor experience and shine a spotlight on the area’s links to our iconic national drink.”
VisitScotland are delighted to support the Highland Whisky Festival, particularly with the recent accolade being given by the Lonely Planet. VisitScotland believe that with the success of the North Coast 500 and the year-on-year growth of whisky tourism, that a Highland addition to the Whisky Festival circuit will bring growth to the economy and an awareness of a much loved region of Whisky production.