Golf and Whiskey Feature Scotland
Since the 15th century, besides developing the game of golf, the Scots have been busy developing a whole range of fine whiskeys. After playing a historic links golf course you will find a warm welcome at one of the many distilleries. We have selected a few examples below which are quite close to major courses. They have conducted tours to explain the process which is followed by a tasting (or for motorists normally a miniature to take away). A few offer free tours but if there is a charge (about $4) it is deducted from the cost of any purchase of a full bottle to take away.
The whiskey industry is based upon two products, single malt whiskey and blended whiskey ( a blend of grain whiskey and malt whiskey). Malt whiskey accounts for only about 10% of the market but is available in a fantastic range of distinctive types. They are classified in regional groups, Lowland, Islay, Highland and Speyside. The largest production area is Speyside, a sub classification of Highland and well set up for visitors including it’s famous “Whiskey Trail”. If you would like to include a visit or two in your itinerary let us know and we will check the current opening hours and provide some directions with your final documentation.
|Region||Golf Course||Distilleries and Location|
|Lowland Area||Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick, Dunbar.||Glenkinchie – 12 to 17 miles from golf and 17 miles from Edinburgh.|
|Islay Area||Machrie||Laphroaig, Lagavulin. At Port Ellen, Isle of Islay.|
|Speyside||Moray, Nairn, Boat of Garten.||Cardhu, Dallas Dhu, Glenfarcus, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Tamnavulin – All on the famous “whiskey trail”, good visitor facilities. Dalwhinney – halfway between Perth and Inverness|
|Highland||Royal Dornoch, Tain, Brora, Gleneagles, Blairgowrie||Glenmorangie at Tain, Dalmore at Alness, south of Tain. Clynish at Brora, Glenturret near Crieff, Glengoyne North of Glasgow, Eradour north of Pitlochry.|
|Arran||Machrihanish||Lochranza, Isle of Arran, ferry to golf on Mull of Kintyre.|