The largest whisky festival of its kind in the world, Spirit of Speyside, is set to return for another successful run next week.
Starting on Wednesday the 1st of May and ending on Monday 6th May, the festival boasts a programme of over 500 whisky-inspired events.
The whisky festival allows you to tour old and new distilleries, village halls, local whisky bars, historic castles, old steadings, much loved local shops as well as the great outdoors! What better way to explore the Speyside area than with a nip or two of some of Scotland’s most popular whiskies?
There are events all over the Moray area to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, from Aviemore in the South, following the river Spey to central Speyside and the historic towns in the coastal North.
Scotland has a long history with uisge beatha (the water of life), with the fiery drink, with the first recorded account of whisky going back to Friar John Cor in around 1495. However, most believe that the manufacturing of whisky in Scotland stems back much further than that.
Spirit of Speyside is run by a board of directors from different industries including whisky, culture and heritage, tourism and hospitality. They work on a voluntary basis along with the festival manager, finance manager and event development graduate.
There are a number of distilleries that open their doors for the festival, with the events programme changing every year. This year distilleries hosting events include Craigellachie, Ballindalloch, Glenlivet and GlenAllachie, to name just a few.
The festival also delivers an opening dinner, opening and closing ceilidhs, the Whisky Awards and the Whisky School. However, the majority of events are delivered by partners and members, making every event unique.
You can book tickets now for the many events by visiting the Spirit of Speyside website. Events include distillery tours, whisky tastings, walks, afternoon teas and much more. The prices for these events range from free, to £30 – £60, to £500. There are activities to suit every budget.
Although the festival is spectacular, visitors can expect a friendly welcome at Speyside all year round.