Inverness has long been a fantastic place to visit and enjoy the very best of the Scottish Highlands. As the northernmost point of the UK, Inverness has always made for a fascinating journey for those wanting to catch a glimpse of such an extremity. This part of Scotland is also reported to have the highest quality of life, which makes it popular with students and visitors alike. Once you have taken the time to check out the beautiful Inverness Castle grounds and have exhausted all sight-seeing and shopping opportunities then it may well be time to go on a whisky tour!
Why is Scotland so famous for their whisky?
For so many people whisky is the symbol of Scotland and this is partially as a result of whisky being at the heart of Scotland rebelling against the English taxman. For two hundred years there were outlaw distillers working in the north of the border preparing the alcoholic beverage. From the 18th century where Scotland has 8 legal distillers and 400 illegal ones to now being an industry that is respected and worth billions of pounds, whisky’s significance in Scotland is unlikely to change any time soon.
Today there are 98 active whisky distillers in Scotland with each of them having their own twist and variety of ingredients that make their whisky special. As whisky makes up a whopping 85% of all Scottish food and drink exports, it is clear that the Scots know what they’re doing when it comes to the famous beverage.
The Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord
When it comes to being a key player in the development of distillery, The Mackenzies of Ord are a very prominent group of people. In 1820 Thomas MacKenzie leased land for the distillery that still stands today to be built and helps to bring some life into the area in now stands in. The distillery worked in providing employment for the area and was powered by two water wheels – water flowing from nearby lochs would power them. The distinctive characteristics of the whisky that has made this distillery so popular stems from water being taken from the cuckoo well in the area. The Glen Ord Distillery has varied opening hours depending on the season, so be sure to check before you pay a visit.
Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin
The Tomatin Distillery has been producing whisky since 1897 and has become so famous due to its utilisation of the soft water that plays a key part in its production. The Tomatin Distillery is a more glamorous whisky tour option offers a wide range of tours and award winning malts to try. The tours here are very interactive and can involve filling your own bottle with whisky to watching a film, whisky tasting and much more!
Do I need my EHIC card to travel to Scotland?
While you will not likely need to bring your EHIC card with you when travelling to Europe from the UK, those who wish to travel to Scotland from other European countries should certainly consider applying for an EHIC renewal.
Whisky is such a prominent part of Scotland’s past, so why not invest in its future by checking out some of Inverness’s favourite whisky distilleries while you are here?
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