25th year of Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

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85 Venues for Spirit of Speyside Festival

Celebrity chef and whisky fan Tony Singh helped launch the prestigious festival by heading to The Glenlivet in Speyside and naturally celebrated with a dram.

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He said, “This is one of the best whisky festivals globally and I’m looking forward to coming back with my family in May to go to some of the events. Having recently invested in a cask, I must confess – I’m head over heels for a good malt or blend, especially when it’s a delightful addition to my culinary creations. So, what better day than Burns birthday to toast the festival launch.”

As the largest whisky producing region in Scotland, many of the 51 distilleries open their doors, including ones normally closed to the public.

Incredibly, 5 distilleries will celebrate their 200th anniversary this year. The Macallan, The Glenlivet, Miltonduff, Cardhu and Balmenach will all reach the special milestone.

From history makers to newcomers, the distilling story continues as the Festival welcomes brand new distillery Dunphail, who will be opening its doors to Festival goers for the first time this year.

With 19 villages and towns taking part, thousands of tourists will arrive and blend in with the locals when they descend on Speyside for 6 days from 1st of May.

Visitors can enjoy countless tastings, tours, ceilidhs, quizzes and, of course, the spectacular Speyside scenery.

The accommodation options are extensive and range from luxury hotels to glamping pods. Many of the hotels, restaurants, halls and tourist attractions take part by hosting events to whet the palette.

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George McNeil, Chair of The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said; “It’s incredible to think this is the 25th year of the festival and it continues to grow in size and stature. The distilleries in Speyside that take part make it a truly unique festival. It’s a chance for visitors to immerse themselves in the whisky world with world-class experiences, behind the scenes tours, visit distilleries that don’t normally open their doors to the public and enjoy a few days in this beautiful part of the world. I think this year will be our biggest and best yet so would encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Events include:-

The Spirit of Speyside Festival Ceilidh at The Macallan
The Ultimate Whisky Flight which includes a helicopter tour with Glenfarclas
Auchroisk Distillery Through The Decades Tour
Whisky Detectives with Glenlivet Hill Trek
Speyburn After Hours
Our Whisky Foundation House Party at The Dowans Hotel
The Beginning; Celebrating the Opening of Dunphail Distillery

Launch of ticket sales is live at 12noon on 31st January from here




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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