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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 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 tours as restrictions ease. 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.


In line with the easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland, visitor attractions including Distillery Visitor Centres are permitted to open from 26th April.

See below for those distilleries and visitor centres who have published their plans for reopening from April onwards. Remember to follow instructions from the distillery before and during your visit to ensure a safe visit for you and the distillery team.

Some distilleries are offering samples of Scotch Whisky – check with individual visitor centres for what their policy is, and enjoy responsibly.

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 or tasting - you will need to contact the visitor centre individually who can advise on the process. 

Highlands

Abhainn Dearg
Blair Athol 
Clynelish 
Dalwhinnie
Deanston (shop only; tastings from 17th May)
Dewar's Aberfeldy
Glendronach (shop from 30th April; tastings from 21st May)
Glenmorangie (shop and outdoor tastings)
The Glenturret 
Lagg (shop only; tastings from 17th May)
Lochranza (shop only; tastings from 17th May)
Nc'Nean
Oban
Isle of Raasay (shop only)
Royal Lochnagar
Talisker
Tobermory (shop only)
Tomatin (shop only; tours from 14th May - weekends only)
Tullibardine (shop only until 31st May)
Wolfburn

Other visitor centres

The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh (tours from 17th May)

Speyside

Aberlour (shop only; tastings from 19th May)
Benriach (tastings from 21st May)
Glen Grant (shop only)
Glen Moray (partial reopen)
The Glenlivet (until 21st May)
The Glenfiddich (shop from 30th April; tours from 12th May)

Islay

Ardnahoe 
Lagavulin

Lowlands

Annandale (tours from 24th May)
Auchentoshan (shop only)
Bladnoch (shop only; tours and tastings from 7th May)
Glenkinchie (from 3rd May)
Holyrood (shop and outdoor bar; tours from 3rd June)
Kingsbarns (from 1st May)
Lindores Abbey (from 17th May)

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.