Highland Distilleries - North
Subdivisions of the Highlands vary. I have chosen to include everything from Inverness north - excluding those distilleries generally regarded as in Speyside. The North therefore includes the three former distilleries of Inverness (Glen Albyn, Glen Mhor, Millburn) and two other closed distilleries that still have other operational distilleries at the same site (Ben Wyvis within the Invergordon complex; and Brora the old distillery at Clynelish, though Brora's re-opening has now been announced).
It also includes one new distillery (Wolfburn), and there are several more projects in the pipeline - Glen Wyvis, Dornoch, Toulvaddie, Dunrobin Castle and Loch Eriboll.
For all the active distilleries except Royal Brackla you need to follow routes towards the far North. Brackla is to the East, but too far from the Spey to be regarded as a Speysider.
It provides a great variety of Whisky - most famously a light whisky from the tall slender stills of Glenmorangie; the oily, slightly smoky product of Clynelish; the maritime influenced Old Pulteney; and the usually sherried output from Dalmore.
Peat is not a mainstay of production in this area currently, though Clynelish use a little, Brora will use more, and Balblair have reportedly dabbled, though nothing peaty has yet been released. There was one other distillery in the area - Loch Ewe - a tiny distillery in a Hotel that allowed guests to distill small casks of spirit. This has closed.
Page updated 30/10/2017
Glen Esk (closed)
Glenury Royal (demolished)
North Port (demolished)
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