Whisky Trail / Local Distilleries
Grantown on Spey is the gateway to the Whisky Trail. There are numerous Speyside and other distilleries from here to the Moray Firth.
The annual Dufftown Whisky Festival is held towards the end of April and covers numerous events www.whisky.dufftown.co.uk/whisky_trail.php.
If you are keen to do a few tastings at different distilleries, you may do so (but make sure you have an accommodating partner who can do the driving!!!). Otherwise, why not book a specialised whisky tour with firms like Rabbies www.rabbies.com; or Scottish Routes www.scottishroutes.com who would arrange everything for you and drive you there and back.
A tour not to be missed is the Speyside Cooperage www.speysidecooperage.co.uk where you watch the skilled labour at work repairing the whisky casts. Quite amazing!
Dallas Dhu distillery closed in 1983 and is now run as a museum www.dallasdhu.com. It has been described as “a perfectly preserved time capsule of the distiller's art” - a ‘must’ for enthusiasts.
If you are interested in the tasting and purchasing of a variety of malts, why not visit Gordon & Macphail in Elgin - www.gordonandmacphail.com. They stock numerous special malts and are extremely knowledgeable as well.
There is also The Whisky Castle www.whiskycastle.com in Tomintoul which is also a comprehensive stockist.