If you’re a fan of island single malts, there’s a new Scotch whisky trip to add to your bucket list. Taking in Torabhaig, Isle of Raasay, Talisker and Isle of Harris, the Hebridean Whisky Trail launches on 15 August – just in time for your summer holiday!
A collaboration between the four distilleries and CalMac Ferries, the Hebridean Whisky Trail will see guests take in the four distilleries across three islands (Torabhaig and Talisker are both on the Isle of Skye).
Tours need to be booked directly at each distillery, but the handy Hopscotch ticket from CalMac lets you zip about on all its routes for 31 days, getting between islands easily and breezily. Just want the set routes? You can book individual ferry passes for foot passengers or vehicles, too!
Why not kick off proceedings by crossing the Skye Bridge or taking the Armadale ferry and landing at Torabhaig Distillery for the first stop. Head further north to Sconser and take the short hop over to Raasay for distillery number two. Back on the ferry, back on Skye and continue north to Talisker and stop number three. Finally, it’s time to board the Uig-Tarbert ferry and explore the Isle of Harris. It’s sure to be scenic, and the drams are sure to be fine.
There will be an opening ceremony to formally kick off proceedings on 15 August itself at Raasay Distillery. Karen Betts, CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association, will be there from 12:00 to 14:30, and if you happen to be on the island do pop along. We visited Raasay back in September and thoroughly recommend the trip!
And once you’ve landed back on dry land after taking in the Hebridean Whisky Trail, why not extend the holiday and hightail it over to Speyside and join the Malt Whisky Trail? The only issue is the annual leave, really…