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Touring the Malt Whisky Trail in a Campervan

 

Rolling a whisky barrel

Britons, particularly the Scottish, are renowned for enjoying the odd drink. Despite our supposed addiction to binge-drinking, one of our most famous drinks is associated with a much more respectable type. Yes, Scottish whisky is right up there alongside Irn Brn as one of the country’s most famous exports. Scotch is that well-respected north of the border that there is a whole tour dedicated to it. The aptly named Malt Whisky Trail, takes you around eight working distilleries at the heart of the Scottish whisky industry in the Highlands.

You may have noticed that I am referring to Scotch as ‘whisky’ rather than ‘whiskey’.  Read this poem by Stanley Bruce if you want to keep your head when next stopping in a pub on your travels around Scotland:

 

 

A Scotsman who spells

 

 

Whisky with a n ‘e’,

 

 

should be hand cuffed

 

 

and thrown head first in the Dee,

 

 

In the USA and Ireland,

 

 

it’s spelt with an ‘e’

 

 

but in Scotland

 

 

it’s real ‘Whisky’.

 

 

So if you see Whisky

 

 

and it has an ‘e’,

 

 

only take it,

 

 

if you get it for free!

 

 

For the name is not the same

 

 

and it never will be,

 

 

a dram is only a real dram,

 

 

from a bottle of ‘Scotch Whisky’.

 

With numerous distilleries to visit around the country, hiring out one of our Rockin’vans is one of the easiest – not to mention fun - ways to experience the Malt Whisky Trail.

Whisky Trails

 

Getting there

To get to the starting point of The Malt Whisky Trail in a campervan, you’ll enjoy a delightful drive through Scotland.

From Perth and Dundee: Choose from three different routes, either head around 90 miles on the A90 across the Cairngorms National Park and through Braemar; the A9 via Aviemore or the longer route on the A94 via Brechin.

From Inverness: The quickest route is the A9 and A95, but if you want to take your time on your campervan road trip, try heading via Nairn on the A939 or even continue through to Forres and come down the A96.

From Glasgow: Take the M80 towards Stirling and once you hit Perth, use the directions above.

Whisky

Pouring Whisky

 

The tour

 

Day One:

The Glenlivet Distillery

Admission: £25.00

Opening Hours: 2nd April - 26th October 2012

Address: Glenlivet, Banffshire, AB37 9DB

Telephone: 01340 821720

Cardhu Distillery

Admission: £5.00- £20.00

Season: All year /Closed 21st December 2012 – 7th January 2013

Address: Knockando, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 7RY

Telephone: 01479 874635

Speyside Cooperage

Admission: Adults: £3.50, Juniors: £2.00, Students/Senior Citizens: £2.80, Family: £8.50

Season: All year / Closed 21st December 2012 – 7th January 2013

Address: Dufftown Road, Craigellachie, Banffshire, Scotland AB38 9RS

Telephone: 01340 871108

Where to stay

Findhorn Bay Holiday Park: pitches are £16.50 per night during the low season and £19.50 during high season (prices include use of electricity and other facilities).  The site closes over winter between November and March and pitches are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Day Two:

Glenfiddich Distillery

Admission: Free - £50

Season: All year / Closed 21st December 2012 – 7th January 2013

Address: Dufftown, Banffshire, AB55 4DH

Telephone: 01340 820373

Glen Grant Distillery

Admission: £3.50

Season: Mid-January to mid-December

Address: Rothes, Aberlour, AB38 7BS

Telephone: 01340 832103

Strathisla Distillery

Admission: £6.00

Season: 2nd April - 26th October 2012

Address: Seafield Avenue, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 5BS

Telephone: 01542 783044

Where to stay

Station Caravan Park: pitches are £15.25 per night during the low season and £17.75 during high season (prices include use of electricity and other facilities).

 

Day Three:

Glen Moray Distillery

Admission: £3.00 regular tour

Season: Open all year

Address: Bruceland Road, Elgin, IV30 1YE

Telephone: 01343 550900

Benromach

Admission: £5 - £60 depending on tour

Season: Open all year

Address: Invererne Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 3EB

Telephone: 01309 675968

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery

Admission: Adult £5.20, Child £2.60, Concession £4.20

Season: Open all year

Address: Mannachie Road, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 2RR

Telephone: 01309 676548

Where to stay

Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park: Book your pitch on the website to find out prices for your stay – facilities included. The site closes over winter between October and April.