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Top 6 Whisky Distilleries You Should Visit On Your Next Golf Trip to Scotland

October 2, 2013

Imagine sitting in the luxurious Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort watching the sunset over the Irish Sea and savoring a smooth “wee dram” of single malt scotch. Where oh where does this wonderful liquid come from? To find out, you should visit one of the many accessible distilleries in Scotland and discover for yourself what makes their whisky taste so desirable to so many. The next time you’re playing golf in Scotland, check out these fantastic single malt whisky distilleries:

Glenmorangie Est. 1843 (Highlands) – This is the perfect place to visit before or after your round at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. The Glenmorangie Distillery is nestled on the coast overlooking the Dornoch Firth. It’s just north of Inverness on the A9, which is a half a mile from Tain in the Highlands of Scotland. (Tour includes a dram) (click here for website)

Glenlivet Est. 1824 (Speyside) – The Glenlivet Distillery tour is a wonderful combination of whisky making lessons and hands on activities. This tour allows visitors to walk the property, taste the world famous Glenlivet whisky cake and fill their own bottle of whisky. Visitors can also experience the many beautiful walking trails through Scottish countryside that were once used by smugglers. Set off the A95 highway, this distillery is on the route towards Aberdeen. (click here for website)

Macallan Est. 1824 (Highlands/Speyside) — If you’re traveling from Inverness to Aberdeen, the Macallan Estate is just a short detour off the A941 highway (just outside Craigellachie). You could have a lovely morning round of golf at Castle Stuart and then have an awesome distillery tour in the afternoon on your way to Aberdeen. The Macallan Estate has two tours: The Experience Tour, which is a general overview of the property and a lesson in how whisky is made. The Precious Tour is for people who have a deeper understanding of scotch and want an extended lesson in the Macallan distilling process. (click here for website)

Glenkinchie Est. 1825 (Lowlands) – Located about 20 miles outside of Edinburgh, the picturesque Glenkinchie Distillery is a fantastic sightseeing destination. Take a tour here after your round of golf at North Berwick, Gullane or Muirfield in the East Lothians region of Scotland. (Tour includes discount voucher for £3 off a 70 cl single malt whisky)

Glenfiddich Est.1886 (Speyside) – The whisky made here is some of the finest in the  world. There are three tours available: The Classic, Explorers and Pioneers and all including whisky tastings and provide visitors with an extensive learning experience. The Glenfiddich Distillery is on the route from Inverness to Aberdeen just outside Dufftown off the A95. (Tour includes tastings) (click here for website)

Edradour Est. 1825 (Highlands) –– Surrounded by streams and gorgeous countryside,  Scotland’s smallest distillery is located just outside Pitlochry off the A9 highway. If you’re playing golf in the highlands, visit this distillery on your way up to Inverness. (Tour includes two drams and a nosing glass) (click here for website)