Intertwined like two lovers under a moonlit sky, Scotland and whisky make quite the dynamic duo. With the understanding that the drink is deserving of perennial praise, the Scots decided to dedicate the month of May entirely to whisky. And yes, the 20th May is still World Whisky Day! From festivals to tastings, savour a wee dram with our guide to some of the best ways to celebrate Scotland’s national drink this Whisky Month.
Fèis Ìle, the Islay festival of music and malt
As one of the main whisky regions of Scotland, the isle of Islay is synonymous with whisky. Fèis Ìle, an important date in the local social calendar with a lifespan of just over three decades, is more than just a music and malt festival. It’s a celebration of this southern Hebridean island’s heritage and people. And yes, barrels of their iconic peaty drams do appear in abundance! Take a swig of local life by reveling in the expansive programme of events which range from ceilidhs and traditional music, to golf, Gaelic lessons and of course whisky tastings. Make sure to enter every one of the iconic local distilleries!
Edinburgh Whisky Stramash
Equal parts quirky and fun, the Edinburgh Whisky Stramash is a whisky-related event of unrivalled proportions! Between the almost overwhelming array of 250 plus whiskies from all the Scottish regions (and further afar) and the playful nature of the shindig, dram drinkers will be left tickled, tempted and totally satisfied. This atmospheric affair will run over two days in the historic setting of Surgeons Hall.
Although not in May, don’t obsesses over the tiny details and start psyching yourself up for Dramathon. And yes, it’s exactly as it sounds — leave it up to the Scots to invent a marathon with whisky as an incentive! Set amidst the spellbinding scenery of Speyside, participants can take a swig at the full and half marathons, 10k or relay race. Collecting all the distillery stamps gets you a wee treat of drams at the finish line. This distance race follows the Speyside Way and includes stops at all the great distilleries including Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich and Tamdhu. Like a Speyside malt, there’s nothing quite like Dramathon.
West Coast Whisky Fèis
Those that live by the mantra that whisky month is in fact every month can mark this one in the diary. West Coast Whisky Fèis is a newbie in the festival scene but don’t let that deter you — expect great things. For the first time ever, 2017 marks the debut of this particular annual celebration of Scotland’s beloved west coast distilleries. Grab onto that complimentary glass, win the best nose in the competition and go wild with the whisky masterclass. Located at the Skippinish Ceilidh House in Oban, count your lucky stars on this West Coast dram-drinking occasion.
Stirling Whisky Festival
Canter on over to the Stirling Highland Hotel this May for what is destined to be a whisky-infused extravaganza. Have a good chinwag with all the renowned distillers and sample until your soul is satisfied. If looking for an excuse, consider the outing purely educational by signing up for the whisky masterclass, rare coveted malts and all.
Drink a dram on World Whisky Day
Wherever you are and whoever you’re with on Saturday, 20th May 2017, make sure to drink a dram for World Whisky Day. If you happen to be in Scotland at this time — you know what to do!