Whisky Adventures in Scotland

Tour distilleries as part of a whisky break

A whisky-inspired break with Crerar Hotels encompasses some of the oldest, most-renowned distilleries in Scotland, with the Malt Whisky Trail a popular activity. 

From the Highlands, through Grantown-on-Spey, down to Argyll, you'll find a number of distilleries a short drive, cycle or walk from your hotel. Many offer expert-led tours and a chance to sample the 'the water of life,' or 'uisge beatha' as it's known in Gaelic.

After a day exploring and dinner made from the finest local produce, you can put your feet up in one of our homely bars and enjoy a dram by the fire. Each hotel has its own extensive whisky menu showcasing a selection of single malts and much loved blends, including Crerar Hotels' own whisky blend, Heart & Soul. 

So whether you're a real whisky buff looking for something extra special in your next break, or a novice looking to dive into this rich world, try making one of our hotels your base for a whisky adventure.

Hotels

Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club

Something of a pilgrimage for whisky lovers, the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail is easily accessed from Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club. Beginning with Glen Moray Distillery on your doorstep, you’ll journey through 7 distilleries big and small, including Strathisla, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet.

Scotland's Hotel & Leisure Club

Once abundant with whisky distilleries, today Pitlochry is home to only two, Blair Athol and Edradour. Both are just 12 minutes’ walk from Scotland’s Hotel and Spa and offer guided tours where you can discover their histories and learn more about the distilling process. Scotland’s Hotel stocks over 40 single malt whiskies.

The Craiglynne Hotel

At the heart of Grantown-on-Spey, the Craiglynne Hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the Malt Whisky Trail. A trip to nearby Balmenach Distillery provides the opportunity to see Carounn gin being made too, whilst the hotel’s Cromdale Bar stocks whiskies from each stop of the Trail, plus many more.

Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa

Experience some of the finest malt whiskies in the country in the distilleries around Argyllshire, including Oban Bay Distillery, Isle of Jura and Loch Lomond Distillery, before retiring to Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa’s restaurant and bar, The Clansman, to sample a dram with some of the region’s wonderful seafood.

Ben Wyvis Hotel

The area around Strathpeffer is home to some of Scotland’s finest Highland distilleries, including Glen Ord, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, experts' favourite Dalmore and Teaninich, which is used in some famous blended brands. All three are less than a 30 minute drive from Ben Wyvis Hotel.

Thainstone House

Each a short drive from Thainstone House through some beautiful countryside, Strathisla, The Glenlivet and Aberlour distilleries all offer guided tours. In the evening, explore the whisky selection in Thainstone House’s Stockman’s Bar or pull up a seat by the fire in the Drawing Room.

Oban Bay Hotel

Located on a dramatic cliff, make Oban Bay Distillery part of a day’s tour around town (June-September) before stopping in at local whisky emporium Whisky Fix. Whisky fans will be in their element in the hotel’s Atlantic Bar, with a whisky menu featuring a selection of 65 traditional Scotch malts.

Inns

Deeside Inn

Take a trip to Royal Lochnagar Distillery on the Abergeldie Estate, in the shadow of Lochnagar Mountain and beside Balmoral Castle – it’s been ‘Royal’ ever since Queen Victoria visited and sampled a dram of single malt. Afterwards, you can relax with a dram of your own in front of the fire in the Deeside Inn’s Ceilidh Bar.