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Shortbread, tartan, kilts, bagpipes – ask anyone what springs to mind when you mention Scotland and it’ll likely be one of those. Or, of course, whisky. There are six distinct whisky-producing regions and 125 distilleries, many of which offer visitors a glimpse at their creative process with tours, and sampling. Here’s our guide to nine of the best to visit.
Moving north to the Isle of Skye, Talisker is now the only distillery to visit on this famous island and the dramatic views of the Cuillin mountains are to be savoured. In summer this distillery can get very busy, so it is wise to book a tour in advance. The whisky is not as peaty as those from Islay, but is still heavier than those from Speyside, or other Island whiskies. The standard tour is also available with a ‘bolt on’ whisky flight, for those who cannot spare the time for the full tasting.Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye