Nobody really knows when the Scots distilled their first whisky but it has been our national drink now for well over 500 years.
Scotland's Speyside Malt Whisky Trail is the only one of its kind in the world and with a motorhome, you are free to explore at your leisure, enjoy a dram or two and park up safely for the night.
Your adventure will begin as you leave the Motorhome Rentals Centre office and head for Perth via the M80. Use the A9 to divert into Grampian by the A95 and take the stunning journey through Scotland's distillery heartland of Speyside.
Begin your Whisky Tour at The Glenlivet Distillery, where you can enjoy a standard distillery tour or a more detailed Spirit of the Malt experience. You'll then head 13 miles north to Knockandu for your next stop, Cardhu Distillery, the only malt whisky distillery pioneered by a woman.
Continue 9 miles towards Dufftown, considered by many to be the heart of the Speyside whisky region, where you’ll discover the fascinating Speyside Cooperage. The only working cooperage in the UK, you have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and you can even have a go at making your own mini-cask.
You can then move on to Glenfiddich Distillery, where the first drops of whisky flowed from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. A quick journey to Rothes takes you to the Glen Grant Distillery, the only Scotch whisky distillery that is named after its founding owners. Make sure you explore the distillery’s beautiful Victorian Garden before heading on to Keith for a tour of the Strathisla Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands, dating back to 1786.
The final leg of the trail kicks off with Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, where a warm welcome awaits you. A 20 minute journey brings you to Forres and the Benromach Distillery which is home to the world’s first fully certified organic single malt. Uncover the secrets behind creating Benromach’s beautiful malts with an Exclusive Managers Tour or enjoy the hands-on Bottle Your Own Experience tour.
After a final 10 minute drive you can complete your exploration of the Malt Whisky Trail at Dhallas Dhu Historic Distillery, the idea of entrepreneur Alexander Edward. Spend time looking around the distillery, which finally closed for production in 1983, and find out more about its fascinating chequered past.
You can find out more about the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail by clicking here. The route of the Trail is clearly marked with distinctive brown-and-white Malt Whisky Trail signs.