Whisky was originally celebrated for its medicinal qualities, being prescribed for, the prolongation of life, and for the relief of colic, palsy and smallpox.
It is an important part of Scottish life and a feature of social life, a welcome to be offered to guests upon arrival.
The Scottish parliament, which introduced the first taxes on malt and Whisky at the end of the 17th century. After The Act of Union with England in 1707, distillers were driven underground.
- Isle of Arran Distillery, Arran
- Ardbeg Distillery, Islay
- Bowmore Distillery, Islay
- Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay
- Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay
- Caol Ila Distillery, Islay
- Kilchoman Distillery, Islay
- Laphroaig Distillery, Islay
- Isle of Jura Distillery, Islay
- Oban Distillery, Oban
- Tobermory Distillery, Mull
- Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William
Visiting Scotland for the first time, for a holiday or vacation taking a tour around a whisky distillery can enhance your trip. Many Distilleries organise tours, the links above are directly to the distillery websites.