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10 of the most beautiful Scottish whisky distilleries

10 of the most beautiful Scottish whisky distilleries

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Running all the way from Bladnoch in Dumfries and Galloway in the south to Highland Park in Orkney in the north, there are over 130 single malt whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Though many are built purely with function in mind, there are many that are as pleasing on the eye as any castle or country house.

From traditional stone buildings with beautiful gardens to modern design masterpieces – here are some of the most beautiful whisky distilleries to found across the country.

Strathisla Distillery, Keith, Speyside


Always one of the first names on these lists, Strathisla is the jewel in owner Chivas’ crown.

One of the oldest continuously operating malt distillery in the Highlands, the doube pagoda, water wheel and neatly manicured gardens combine to great effect to frame this picturesque stone building, which hides a newly renovated and stylish interior.

Macallan Distillery, Aberlour, Speyside


Dubbed the ‘Cathedral of Whisky’, the newly built Macallan Distillery is an architectural marvel. Not entirely loved by traditionalists, we believe it deserves to be on the list due to its incredible design and the fact it truly is unique.

The £140 million state-of-the-art distillery is ‘cut into the slope of the landscape’ of the hill site on the Easter Elchies Estate (where the original distillery stood) overlooking the river Spey, and is inspired by “ancient Scottish earthworks”.

Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry, Highlands


Adding ivy into the mix for any external facings of your building is always going to make it more pleasing on the eye and in Blair Athol, they’ve created something special with the plant framing their name.

This exciting little distillery in Pitlochry is hugely popular with tourists and its easy to see why.

Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Highlands


They do say that good things come in small packages and in Edradour, one of the country’s smallest distilleries that statement is certainly true.

Not only does it produce great whisky but with its white washed walls, white picket fences and flowing stream its wonderful to look at too.

Dalmunach Distillery, Carron, Speyside


Built upon the site of the former Imperial Distillery in Carron, the new Dalmunach distillery sports a striking glass frontage with beautiful wooden facades.

Named for the nearby pool in the River Spey, it’s just started producing its whisky after being built in 2015.

Tormore Distillery, Advie, Speyside


With its topiary, slate green roof, clock tower and white wash buildings you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Victorian spa resort and not a distillery.

One of the more quaint choices on this list, it’s always a welcome site on a trip up to Speyside.

Clydeside Distillery, Glasgow, Lowlands


One of the most visually pleasing of the recently built distilleries is the one that opened on the banks of the River Clyde recently.

With its strikingly renovated clocktower, externally visible stills and extensive visitor centre, Clydeside Distillery is an excellent addition to Scotland’s biggest city.

Lindores Abbey Distillery, Newburgh, Lowlands


Built close to the spiritual home of Scotch whisky, where the earliest written reference to Scotch whisky was recorded, this exciting new distillery in Fife is a perfect addition to the area.

Picturesque and modern, it sits proudly as one of the best looking of the new crop of whisky distilleries.

Ardbeg Distillery, Islay


With nine distilleries and an abundance of beautiful scenery, a trip to Islay is always memorable.

Standing proud on the island’s Kildalton coastline, the beautiful white coated walls and stencilled name mark Ardbeg distillery as one of our favourite sights when visiting this popular island.

Lagg Distillery, Isle of Arran


Following its successful stablemate in the north of the island, Lagg is the newest distillery on Arran.

Featuring an intriguing design, stunning interior and unrivalled views across the Irish Sea, its another great reason to visit this wonderful little island.

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