First Highland Whisky Festival announced

Eight distilleries along the North Coast 500 will celebrate Highland Whisky Festival in May 2019

The merry month of May will be a particularly hot one in Scotland next year – especially from an uisge beatha perspective. Between the already established Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, which will take place from 1 to 6 May 2019, and the famous Fèis Ìle Festival on Islay, which is scheduled to run from 24 May to 1 June 2019, another new event has now been announced from 12 to 20 May 2019: the Highland Whisky Festival.

Eight Highland whisky producers have teamed up with Scotland's national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, to host the first Highland Whisky Festival, a celebration of the region's best distilleries. Similar to the Fèis Ìle Festival, each of the participating distilleries – Balblair, Clynelish, Glenmorangie, Pulteney, Dalmore, Glen Ord, Tomatin and Wolfburn – will present an open day with tastings and special events during the nine days of the festival. 

The festival takes place along the North Coast 500. This 516-mile car route starts in the Highland capital of Inverness and runs along the east, north and west coasts before returning inland to Inverness. It includes a range of distilleries, tourist attractions and a variety of areas of natural beauty to make Scotland's north better known. Tickets for the Highland Whisky Festival will be available from early March 2019.