Distilleries & Malt Whisky Appreciation

All of our Spey Journeys can include, if appropriate, Malt Whisky tasting. (Over 18’s only.)

In the evenings of ‘Classic Spey Descents’ & ‘Being with Nature’ Journeys, adults will be given the opportunity to sample high quality Speyside Malt Whiskies. If requested we may be able to programme in a distillery tour on one of the last days of a Classic Spey Descent. (Additional cost of around £8 for standard tour or £25 for exclusive Founders/Special Malts Tour ~ e.g. Aberlour or The Balvenie).

Balvenie Barley for Malt Whisky

Balvenie Barley for Malt Whisky

However, the True Spirit of the Spey a Journey for the whisky connoisseur or enthusiast wishing to gain a deeper, intimate knowledge of Speyside Malt Whiskies includes distillery tours and exclusive Whisky Tastings.

Throughout the week, guests seeking to find the true ‘Spirit of the Spey’ will be taking part in personalised, guided whisky tasting sessions and special Distilleries Tours.

Normally 3 distilleries tours will be part of a ‘Spirit of the Spey’ programme ~ distilleries most likely to be included are ~


Dalwhinnie (Gaelic for ‘the meeting place’) is one of Scotland’s highest distilleries at 1073 ft above sea level, although technically a Highland Malt ~ is almost a Speyside Malt, sitting close to the A9 at the Gateway to Strathspey. www.discovering-distilleries.com/dalwhinnie


One the smaller Speyside distilleries, Cragganmore is now working 7 days a week to ensure supply meets demand. The unique flat-top spirit stills are reckoned to contribute to the complexity of Cragganmore flavours. www.discovering-distilleries.com/cragganmore

Malt Whisky Distillery, Scotland

Malt Whisky Distillery, Scotland


Situated at the confluence of the River Lour with the Spey, this distillery is situated in the village of Aberlour, surrounded by glorious scenery including just outside the village, the rugged peaks of Ben Rinnes (~ another local malt!).

From the  Gaelic, ‘Aberlour’ means ‘mouth of the chattering burn (stream). www.aberlour.com


A world famous brand name has been hugely modernised and expanded in recent years but still has the original Macallan distillery at its heart. www.themacallan.com

The Balvenie

The ‘quieter’ and, some would say, the more attractive sister of Glenfiddich. Balvenie is now the only mainland, family run, distillery where you will find them still growing their own barley, malting barley in their own traditional floor maltings and employing a team of coopers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills. The Balvenie tour is indeed a unique, very complete journey through the production of a truly Handcrafted Malt Whisky. www.thebalvenie.com

Beyond canoe tuition it was great to be travelling with someone so knowledgeable on The Spey and with a genuine interest and concern for other river users, whether on or beside the water.

~ Nigel Potter,