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Tours, Trails and Tourism

A distillery on Islay
Visiting a distillery allows you to indulge your passion for Scotch and, at the same time, discover the environment and meet the people that have done so much to shape our iconic product.

Distillery tourism in Scotland: Covid-19

We’re working with our distilleries and their communities to see when we’ll be able to welcome visitors safely once more to our distillery homes.

This page will be kept updated with details of Scotch Whisky distilleries which have publicly said they will be open for tourism from July 2020. More information can be found directly with the distillery, and guidance on exploring Scotland can be found via Visit Scotland.

Bars and restaurants across Scotland are also reopening giving more opportunities to #DiscoverScotch and get a taste for the places that make it so special. Explore our resources below.

We encourage everyone to be responsible: if in doubt stay home and share memories for now and we look forward to welcoming you soon.


Details of Scotch Whisky distillery visitor centres which have published their plans to reopen from July 2020 are below. We will continue to monitor and update this list on a daily basis. 

If you know of a distillery visitor centre which has amended their tour policy but is not listed here, please contact info@swa.org.uk 

Please note that the SWA cannot assist with booking or cancelling a distillery tour - you will need to contact the visitor centre individually who can advise on the process. Links to distillery websites are provided below.

Lowlands

Annandale Distillery - from 1st August
Borders Distillery- from 15th July
Kingsbarns Distillery – from 1st August
Lindores Abbey Distillery – from 17th July

Highlands

Aberfeldy Distillery – from 20th July
Blair Athol Distillery - from 27th July
Dalwhinnie Distillery - from 10th August
Deanston Distillery - from 3rd August
Glengoyne Distillery - from 1st August
Glen Ord Distillery - from 10th August
The Glenturret Distillery – from 20th July
Oban Distillery - from 29th July
Royal Lochnagar Distillery - from 10th August
Scapa Distillery - from 29th July
Tomatin Distillery - from 7th August

Speyside

Aberlour Distillery - from 29th July
Cardhu Distillery - from 10th August
Glenfiddich Distillery – from 15th July
The Glenlivet Distillery - from 29th July
Strathisla Distillery - from 7th August


Islay

Ardnahoe Distillery - from 20th July
Kilchoman Distillery – from 15th July

Other visitor centres

The Scotch Whisky Experience - from 17th August
Speyside Cooperage - from 19th August

Some distilleries not listed here may have precautionary measures in place for any visitors to their sites. For the avoidance of doubt, please check directly with any distillery or visitor centre before you visit.

For general information about visiting Scotland, please check the VisitScotland website.


Other ways to discover

  • Download our Tasting Toolkit for hint and tips on how to #DiscoverScotch at home
  • Share your memories with us on social media - use #ScotchTourism to check in
  • Explore some Scotch Whisky cocktail recipes here

Please remember to Drink Responsibly


Tours

Many distilleries welcome visits by members of the public, but please check with the distillery directly before travelling, and if in doubt, stay home. Remember to act responsibly and follow guidance from VisitScotland, the Scottish Government, and your chosen distillery, if choosing to take a tour.

Visiting a distillery allows you to indulge your passion for Scotch and, at the same time, discover the environment and meet the people that have done so much to shape our iconic product. No matter which distillery you choose to visit - be it an island, mainland, large or small - you can expect great Scotch Whisky, a warm Scottish welcome, and a fabulous day out.

Trails

There are a couple of trails already for you to follow or if you like, you can make up your own! 

Malt Whisky Trail

Hebridean Whisky Trail

You can learn more about exploring Scotch Whisky at VisitScotland.

Malt Whisky Trail Road Sign

Tourism

If you are in Edinburgh, don't miss The Scotch Whisky Experience in the heart of the Royal Mile or indulge your passion and become a member of the world's leading whisky club, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Responsible Drinking

With all these fun activities to choose from, we do encourage you to drink responsibly and ensure a designated driver accompanies you on your trips if you choose to travel by car.  Check out Drinkaware's alcohol awareness guidelines.