Scottish Highlands to host Whisky Festival
Plans have been announced for the 2011 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – a five-day annual celebration of Scotland’s national drink.
The festival, which begins on 28th April, sees the region of Speyside in the Scottish Highlands welcome visitors with a range of whisky-related events.
Distilleries, shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs and villages offer quality malt whiskies, special tastings, outdoor activities, music and much more in what has grown to become one of the biggest whisky festivals in Europe.
Some of the world’s most famous whisky distilleries, including Cardhu, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan and Benromach, will all be present at the event.
Other activities will include distillery tours, whisky masterclasses, guided whisky walks and book launches (including Dutch whisky author Hans Offringa).
The Festival was established in 1999 to celebrate Scotland’s Malt Whisky Country and to help promote tourism in the Scottish Highlands.
Last year’s festival attracted over 26,000 visitors, generating over £3 million in the process.
Speyside is home to more than half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries.
"Some of the world’s most famous whisky distilleries, including Cardhu, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan and Benromach, will all be present at the event"