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The Best Whisky Distilleries to Visit in the Scottish Lowlands

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Whisky Regions of Scotland 

There are five whisky regions in Scotland. Campbelltown, Lowlands, Islay, Highlands and Speyside. The Lowlands is one of the most accessible whisky regions just north of the English boarder. This region encompasses the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Lowland whisky is known for its gentle texture and sweetness - they have therefore been collectively nicknamed «Lowland Ladies».

Whisky, Whiskey or Scotch

«Whisky» refers to the drink from Scotland, whereas «Whiskey» is the Irish version of the same spirt. The name was derived from the Gaelic term «usquebaugh» which translates to «water of life.» In order for a Whisky able to be called a Scotch various legal requirements must be met - such as the beverage must be aged in oak casts for at least three years and fermented only by adding yeast. Therefore, all Scotch is Whisky but not all Whisky is Scotch. Whisky is often served as a "dram" which refers to a small amount of an alcoholic beverage

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience is a visitor attraction located in the centre of Edinburgh. Although it’s not an actual distillery the centre offers a ride around a replica and you are then immerged into the world of whisky making by enthusiastic guides. Finally, experts help you select the perfect dram and share the secrets of the Whisky regions.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie is best known for its twelve- and fourteen-year single malts. The distillery has a range of different attractions. The standard Glenkinchie tour costs about £10 and includes one free sample. Glenkiniche is a good place to start if you’re new to the world of whisky as it is home to the Museum of Malt Whisky Production where traditional maltings are on display.

Visit Glenkinchie Distillery

Lindores Abby Distillery

The earliest written reference of Whisky being distilled at this site was in 1494. After taking a 523 year break the Lindores Abby Distillery was brought back to life in 2017. Although it will be many more years before the Whisky is ready to taste, the distillery is beautifully designed and the tour still worthwhile. You won’t walk away with a completely dry palate as the Aqua Vitae, an award-winning handcrafted botanical spirit, is ready for drinking.

Lindores Abby Distillery ​

The Glenturret Distillery

Glenturret claims to be one of Scotland's oldest working distilleries and still employs many traditional production techniques. The tour gives insights into the history of Whisky in the Lowlands and the legendary Glenturret whisky. Glenturret distillery is also the home to the iconic «Famous Grouse» blend. It will take roughly 1,5 hours to reach the Glenturret distillery from Edinburgh.

The Glenturret

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