Whiskey Galore! The Distilleries of Skye

Whether you like yours smoky and sultry, rich and robust or floral and fragrant, single malt whiskey has an almost mythical status in Scotland, where they are tightly connected to their place of origin due to the water, land and climate which all plays a part in creating the spirits’ character. Skye itself is home to three (well, one is on a smaller island but close enough), and this whiskey trail should definitely be on your tick list of things to do – with a designated driver of course!


Probably the best known and the oldest distillery on Skye, Talisker lies on the shores of Loch Harport in the village of Carbost and has wonderful views over the Cuillins. This distillery produces a sweet, full-bodied single malt and you can explore the distillery on one of their tours – choose from the ‘Classic tour’ – 45 minutes with tasting, ‘Whiskey and Chocolate’ – 1hr 30mins with three tastings with local, hand-made chocolate, or the ‘Talisker Masterclass’ – 2 hours in depth tour followed by a tutorial tasting of 5 expressions of Talisker. Please note, due to Covid-19, tours have been suspended. Please check their website for further information.

Talisker Distillery, Carhost, Skye IV47 8SR | 01478 614 308



Set within a 200-year-old fully restored Steading, Torabhaig has been fully operational as a single malt Scotch whiskey distillery since 2017. Because it’s still early days (three years is the minimum time it must stay in a cask before it becomes Scotch Whiskey), it’s a fascinating opportunity to see a distillery at the very beginning of its life. They do offer tours, but please note, due to Covid-19, tours have been suspended. Please check their website for further information.

Torabhaig Distillery Ltd, Teangue, Sleat, Skye IV44 8RE | 01471 833 447


Raasay Distillery

The first legal distillery to open on the small island of Raasay, you can visit via a short 25-minute ferry ride from Skye. Another young business (it opened in September 2017), it uses water from a Celtic well deep beneath the distillery. They offer tours, but due to Covid-19 they are currently suspended so please check their website for further information. The shop is open Monday-Friday 9-4pm. They also make a zesty dry gin too, using juniper berries harvested from the island.

Isle of Raasay Distillery, Borodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle IV40 8PB | 01478 470 178


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