Barley flutters gently on coastal plains. Rivers and springs trickle through the landscape. You are in Speyside, in the eastern Scottish Highlands, at the home of Scottish malt whisky production.
Distillery owners will show you around, from production to libraries of vintage aged whiskeys. Stop at Macallan for a boutique insight into Scottish whisky, then meet a distiller for a tour and tasting at the more famous Glenfiddich
You can choose to visit Glenfarclas and Glenlivet, home to the two best selling malt whiskies in the States. Tours take you behind the scenes, through the full production facilities, and into a tasting room packed with old and rare whiskies.
Extend this travel moment to two or three days and you can visit more boutique distilleries as well. See coopers practising their craft at Speyside Cooperage and visit Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery.