Taynuilt, Argyll & Bute
If you are planning a trip to Scotland’s world-famous distilleries, we are well positioned to take a trip travelling to the Islay and Islands peaty offerings, the unique and very special Campbeltown whiskies, and also the Highlands area.
ISLAY – A must-do for whisky drinkers. Islay is only small but packs in eight classic distilleries such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Bowmore with a ninth on the way. In the summer, there’s a direct ferry to Islay from Oban, but the main ferry route is from Kennacraig (about 1 hour 40 minutes from us) - usually four ferries a day in winter and five in summer - with the trip taking a couple of hours.
CAMPBELTOWN – Down the same road and two and a half hours from the house is Campbeltown, a unique part of Scotland. Our friends at Springbank Distillery (no, we didn’t name the house after them!) produce the fabulous Springbank in the last Scottish distillery to undertake the whole process in-house including bottling – well worth a trip round the distillery; it’s really unchanged down the ages and a truly unique whisky. They also produce Longrow, the really peaty one. Also in Campbeltown is the Glen Scotia Distillery. A superb trip!
ISLANDS – Oban itself has a great distillery (and we have a train service from the village to Oban…..). Regular ferries run from Oban to Mull, just a 45-minute crossing. Then you can get a coach (ask at West Coast Motors, www.westcoastmotors.co.uk) or drive down to Tobermory for another small but very original and quite unique distillery. Further north from Mallaig (2 hours 20 minutes’ drive from us) you can get a regular ferry to the beautiful island of Skye and find the Talisker distillery – one you’ll need to book a tour for; it’s very popular for good reason.
HIGHLANDS – North of us you’re into the Highland region. An hour and a quarter north, there’s the Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William, then an hour on you’re at Dalwhinnie, then after that you’ve got the Speyside Distillery at Kingussie and then it’s into the Speysides. Going west from the house, at Crieff (1.5 hours) is Glenturret, closely followed by Scotland’s smallest at Methven – Strathearn Distillery, then you’ll encounter to the north the Aberfeldy Distillery in Aberfeldy, followed by Blair Athol and Eradour in nearby Pitlochry.
Most if not all run tours, but do check ahead first. Oh, and one of you will need to be good and do driving duties .... best of luck deciding who!