The Highlander Inn

The Highlander Inn

Situated in Craigellachie, the heart of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail, The Highlander Inn does not disappoint. Stocking over 400 whiskies, the inn’s bar is popular with locals and international visitors alike. The bar also has one of the largest selections of Japanese whiskies available outside of South East Asia. Tel: 01340 881446, www.whiskyinn.com  

The Piper Bar

The Piper Bar

Situated on a corner of George Square, The Piper Bar is a favourite amongst locals. The bar offers a wide range of wines and spirits and boasts over 120 malts. Knowledgeable staff are also on hand to tell you all about your chosen dram. Tel: 0141 552 1740, www.thepiperbar.com

The Still at Dowans Hotel

The Still at Dowans Hotel

The Still within Dowans Hotel is a bar wholly devoted to peace, tranquillity and, ofcourse, sampling a dram or two. With a 500 strong collection encompassing the rare, the indulgent and the exceptional, The Still offers an intimate space for those passionate about whisky. Tel: 01340 871488, www.dowanshotel.com/the-still  

Arisaig Bar Restaurant

Arisaig Bar Restaurant

Arisaig has been serving high quality Scottish cuisine alongside a gantry of over 100 whiskies, including many independent bottlings and rare malts, for the last 12 years. Whisky even features on the dessert menu, which offers whisky pairings with chocolate and cheese. Tel: 0141 553 1010, www.arisaigrestaurant.co.uk

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant

Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant

The bar at the Ballygrant Inn currently stocks over 450 different whiskies, best samples via ‘ whisky hopscotch’ – named after CalMac Ferries’ island-hopping ticket and allowing visitors to take a journey through the islands by tasting whiskies from each, without leaving the comfort of the bar and its log-burning stove. Whisky even influences the Ballygrant Inn’s food menus – well worth sampling on any visit.Continue Reading

The Grill

The Grill

Situated in the heart of Aberdeen at 213 Union Street, The Grill’s splendid mahogany gantry and cabinets provide an excellent stage for its whisky collection. Nearly 600 single malts and blends from Scotland and around the world are on offer at any one time, with friendly, knowledgeable staff always on hand to offer a suggestion or two. Tel: 01224 573530, www.thegrillaberdeen.co.uk

MUSA

MUSA

A restaurant, art gallery, event space and live music venue in Aberdeen’s old merchant quarter, Musa fuses world cuisine with quirky interpretations of traditional Scottish dishes, all served against the backdrop of this 19th century church. Musa is also a Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) partner bar. Tel: 01224 571771, www.musaaberdeen.com

The Ardshiel Hotel & Whisky Bar

The Ardshiel Hotel & Whisky Bar

This award-winning whisky bar in Campbeltown stocks over 700 whiskies, with the adjoining restaurant offering Scottish food made from Argyll’s finest ingredients. The Ardshiel can arrange whisky tastings and food pairings and, considering its situation – within walking distance of all three of Campbeltown’s working distilleries – Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia – enjoying Campbeltown’s rich whiskyContinue Reading

The Doo’cot Bar at Meldrum House Hotel

The Doo’cot Bar at Meldrum House Hotel

The beautiful Doo’cot Bar at Meldrum House Hotel is tucked away in what used to be the old stables of this13th century baronial house. We recommend pre-booking a candlelit whisky tasting with a local distiller in order to make the very most of this little gem. Tel: 01651 872294 www.meldrumhouse.com

CASC Bar

CASC Bar

CASC Bar, on Aberdeen’s Stirling Street, boasts an extensive craft and world beer selection, with 24 rotating draught lines and over 200 varieties in bottles, and an overwhelming collection of whisky, with a focus on single casks, limited releases and independent bottlings. CASC hosts two ticketed whisky tasting evenings each month, which includes tuition fromContinue Reading