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Top Scotch Whiskey Distillery Regions

If you’re a whisky lover, Scotland serves up an incredible array of flavors and styles of Scotch whisky. The top Scotch distilleries span the whole island, from the northern Highlands to the southern Lowland region. The most visited sixth distilleries are tabulated by the travel app Visited, which has over 1 million users. You can scratch off places you’ve traveled, find new destinations, set travel goals, and get a custom-printed map of your travels using the Visited app. 

The top scotch distillery regions according to Visited are:

1. Highland scotch distilleries total 47, and the Highlands is the largest whisky region and the biggest region in Scotland, covering nearly 10,000 square miles (about 25,900 square kilometers). The region’s breathtaking natural scenery includes the legendary Loch Ness, one of the most visited lakes in the world. The Highlands produces a rich variety of whisky flavors and includes iconic traditional distilleries as well as new, bold ones, with distilleries including Glenturret at Crieff, Balblair at Tain, Isle of Raasay Distillery, Torabhaig Distillery on Skye, and Ncn’ean Distillery by Lochaline.

2. Lowland is a southern region in Scotland that produces top single malt Scotch whiskies. The area has a rich history dating back to the 18th century, when Lowlands distilleries used a triple distillation process that paved the way for the light, elegant, and grassy malt whisky that’s common in the region’s distilleries today. Distilleries in the Lowlands include Annandale Distillery, Auchentoshan, Bladnoch, Daftmill, The Girvan Distilleries, and Glenkinchie distillery near Edinburgh.

3. Speyside region includes more than 50 distilleries, with the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers of any region in the world. Distilleries in the region include iconic brands like Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, and many more. The region is in northeast Scotland surrounding the River Spey.

Top Scotch Whiskey Distillery Regions

4. Islay is an island among the Inner Hebrides islands, off the west coast of Scotland, that includes nine active Scotch whisky distilleries. Islay Scotch whiskies often include a peat-smoke aroma, and distilleries on the island include famous brands like Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg.

5. Campbeltown is a town off the west coast of Scotland by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula with a rich history in Scotch whisky dating back to the 19th century. There are three distilleries in the historic whisky town, including Glen Scotia, Glengyle, and Springbank. 

6. Orkney Islands is an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated off the north coast of the island of Great Britain. There are two Scotch distilleries on the island – Highland Park and Scapa. Highland Park is a world-renowned distillery that has been around for 220 years.

Have you been to any of the most popular Scotch distillery regions? Mark off where you’ve been, browse other top travel lists, and get a custom map of your travels using the Visited app. 

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