The Pierhouse Hotel and Seafood Restaurant makes an ideal stopping off point or base for touring the West Highland whisky distilleries. What makes the West Highland distilleries so special - apart from their long heritage in producing malts - is their beautiful coastal settings, the abundance of delicious seafood available including fresh and smoked salmon, langoustines, crab, lobster and scallops and the warm, relaxed west coast hospitality.
If some of your most favourite things in life include west coast scenery, jaw-droppingly beautiful sunsets, seafood and malt whisky take some time to explore the West Highland distilleries.
Oban Distillery, in the heart of Oban
Founded in 1794 by two of Oban town founders, Oban Distillery is the closest to The Pierhouse and a gem at that.
Known for: Oban 14 year old single malt, Oban Distillers Edition
More info at: www.discovering-distilleries.com/oban
Tobermory Distillery, Isle of Mull
Originally named 'Ledaig' which means 'safe haven' in Gaelic, Tobermory Distillery on the waterfront of the Mull town is where distillers believe they have 'captured the spirit of our beautiful island.'
Known for: Ledaig 10 and 18 year old single malts, Tobermory 10 and 15 year olds
More info at: tobermorydistillery.com
Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William
Nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the distillery was established in 1825 and sourced its peat and water from the mountain after which it is named.
Known for: Ben Nevis 19 year old single west highland malt and Dew of Ben Nevis Blue Label blend.
More info at: www.bennevisdistillery.com
Ardnamurchan Distillery, Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Opened in 2014, the Ardnamurchan Distillery is "Scotland’s newest, greenest, most westerly mainland distillery." On the shores of Loch Sunart, the distillery will in time produce one peated and one unpeated malts. Take the tour to see it as it happens.
More info at: www.ardnamurchandistillery.com
Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye
Described as "the oldest - and only - working distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins", Talisker Distillery started to produce Talisker single malt in 1830 and went on to be the largest selling single malt by the turn of the 20th century.
Known for: Talisker Skye Single Malt, Talisker 10,18,25 year olds
More info at: www.malts.com/en-gb/distilleries/talisker
Jura Distillery, Isle of Jura
Founded in 1810, the Isle of Jura Distillery invites you to "discover the different sides of Jura - you'll taste the difference in every drop."
Known for: Jura Origin, Jura Superstition, Jura Diurachs' Own
More info at: www.jurawhisky.com
8 Islay Distilleries, Isle of Islay
Islay needs little introduction to whisky afficionados - a land with a very long pedigree in whisky production due to its abundance of peat, spring water and barley. With 8 working distilleries visit the iconic names of iconic names Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore as well as the newest distillery at Kilchoman.
Known for: Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain.
More info at: www.islayinfo.com/islay_whisky_distilleries.html
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