Lowland Distilleries

22 November 2016

When you’re visiting Scotland it would be rude not to have a dram! Lowland distilleries may not be as well-known as their Highland counterparts but, their lighter malty flavour and gentle aroma makes Lowland whiskeys a favourite amongst many first time and experienced whiskey drinkers. Don’t just take our word for it, during your stay treat yourself to an afternoon of whiskey tasting or discover more about how Lowland whiskey is created on a distillery tour. To help you to decide which distillery to visit, we’ve put together the comprehensive guide to the three remaining Lowland distilleries:


Auchentoshan Distillery

Whiskey tasting experiences in Glasgow don’t come much better than this! Just a short distance out of the city is the Auchentoshan Distillery, home to the only triple distilled Lowland whiskey in Scotland. If you’ve come to Scotland for a whiskey tasting experience then the Auchentoshan Distillery won’t disappoint! Tours of the distillery range from the £6 per person Classic Tour that’s perfect if you have a casual interest in the distillery process to a £200 per person private tour for whiskey enthusiasts. If you want to take home something to remember the trip by, the visitor centre has bottles of Auchentoshan whiskey or if you’d like something a bit more personal, the distillery will let you extract your own bottle of Single Malt from one of their casks.

Visit the official website to find out more information about the distillery tours and events.


Glenkinchie Distillery

Nestled in the rural East Lothian countryside only 14 miles from Scotland’s beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, is Glenkinchie Distillery. The dry, floral tasting Single Malt produced at the distillery has been nicknamed “The Edinburgh Malt” due to the distillery’s close proximity to the city. If you’re planning on going whiskey tasting in Edinburgh, taking a relaxing day trip out of the city to visit this Lowland distillery is well worth the trip. For only £7 you can take a tour of the distillery complete with a complimentary dram of Glenkinchie 12 year old single malt or, why not sign up for the Flavour of Scotland whiskey tasting tour to learn more about other Scottish whiskeys. However, if you’re just passing through on the way to Edinburgh, take a few minutes to drop in on the exhibition to see the model distillery and grab a complimentary dram.

For tour times and more information about visiting the distillery, please visit the official website.


Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch is Scotland’s most southerly and arguably the most picturesque distillery. Although Lowland whiskey has been distilled here on the banks of the River Bladnoch in Galloway since 1817, the distillery has only recently reopened. Anyone looking to get away from it all can find total relaxation in the tranquil Galloway countryside which surrounds this little stone distillery. If you decide that you want to do more than just relax in the countryside, you can take a tour of the distillery, pick up a souvenir in the gift shop or if you really want to splash out, you can invest in a cask of Bladnoch Malt Whiskey!

To find out more about visiting the distillery, visit the official website.


If you’re planning to visit the Scottish Lowlands, take a look at our range of holiday cottages and houses in Edinburgh and Galloway.

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