9 of the most picturesque Scottish whisky distilleries to visit for a tour this autumn

By Sean Murphy

Running all the way from further south than Newcastle on the southern tip of Dumfries and Galloway to the far reaches of the Orkney Isles, there are now over 130 single malt whisky distilleries in Scotland.

Though many may be built with functionality in mind, there are plenty more that welcome visitors and look good while doing so.

As pleasing on the eye as any majestic castle or grand country mansion, there are loads of beautiful Scottish whisky distilleries to check out this autumn.

From traditional stone buildings with beautiful gardens to modern design masterpieces - here are some of the most picturesque that also offer some great tours.

Clydeside Distillery, Glasgow, Lowlands

The stunning Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow (Clydeside Distillery)

This visually pleasing distillery was recently built in a former pump house on the banks on the River Clyde.

With its strikingly renovated clocktower, externally visible stills and extensive visitor centre, Clydeside Distillery is an excellent addition to Scotland's biggest city.

With a great tourist offering including plenty of tours -including a delicious sounding chocolate and whisky tasting - a cafe, shop and even a museum, it's just a short walk from the city centre making it well worth a visit for any whisky fan who happen to be in Glasgow.

Book here.

Lindores Abbey Distillery, Newburgh, Lowlands

The idyllic Lindores Abbey Distillery (Lindores Abbey Distillery)

Built close to the spiritual home of Scotch whisky, where the earliest written reference to Scotch whisky was recorded, this exciting new distillery in Fife is a perfect addition to the area.

Picturesque and modern, it sits proudly as one of the best looking of the new crop of whisky distilleries.

Open 7 days a week, 10am – 4pm, with three tours a day, Lindores Abbey is the ideal place to learn all about how their incredible new spirit is made with Cheese, Charcuterie, Mixed or Vegan Cheese platters on offer and well-behaved dogs also allowed.

Book here.

Lagg Distillery, Isle of Arran

The stunning new Lagg Distillery (SM)

Following its successful stablemate in the north of the island, Lagg is the second and newest distillery on Arran.

Featuring an intriguing design, stunning interior and unrivalled views across the Irish Sea, its another great reason to visit this wonderful little island.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to 17.30, this innovative new distillery is another with a focus on tourism, and as well as the stunning views and informative tours hasno less than two enticing eateries.

Book here.

Ardnahoe Distillery, Islay

Though Islay's newest distillery is indeed pretty to look at, it's the view from its still room that is guaranteed to blow you away (Ardnahoe Distillery)

With nine distilleries and an abundance of beautiful scenery, a trip to Islay is always memorable.

Standing proud on the north west coast of Scotland's 'whisky island', this state of the art distillery has one of the best views from any still house we've seen.

The Ardnahoe Team really know how to please with a range of tours including food and whisky pairings, blending sessions and warehouse tastings.

Book here.

Strathisla Distillery, Keith, Speyside

The beautiful Strathisla Distillery (Timothy Tan/CCv2.0)

Always one of the first names on these lists, Strathisla is the jewel in owner Chivas' crown.

One of the oldest continuously operating malt distillery in the Highlands, the doube pagoda, water wheel and neatly manicured gardens combine to great effect to frame this picturesque stone building, which hides a newly renovated and stylish interior.

It's also home to some of the best tours and experiences owners Chivas have to offer.

Book here.

Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Highlands

The small but perfectly formed Edradour Distillery (Getty)

They do say that good things come in small packages and in Edradour, one of the country's smallest distilleries that statement is certainly true.

Not only does it produce great whisky but with its white washed walls, white picket fences and flowing stream its wonderful to look at too.

With hourly tours, a well-stocked shop and plenty to see and do, it's definitely worth making the trip for.

Book here.

Macallan Distillery, Aberlour, Speyside

The new Macallan Distillery (Ian Gavan)

Dubbed the 'Cathedral of Whisky', the newly built Macallan Distillery is an architectural marvel. Not entirely loved by traditionalists, we believe it deserves to be on the list due to its incredible design and the fact it truly is unique.

The £140 million state-of-the-art distillery is 'cut into the slope of the landscape' of the hill site on the Easter Elchies Estate (where the original distillery stood) overlooking the river Spey, and is inspired by “ancient Scottish earthworks”.

The distillery offers a range of tours as well as interactive exhibits that enhance the whole experience.

Book here.

Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry, Highlands

The picturesque Blair Athol Distillery (REUTERS/Russell Cheyne)

Adding ivy into the mix for any external facings of your building is always going to make it more pleasing on the eye and in Blair Athol, they've created something special with the plant framing their name.

This exciting little distillery in Pitlochry is hugely popular with tourists and its easy to see why.

Book here.

Raasay Distillery, Isle of Raasay, Highlands

Spectacular views of the Isle of Skye are on offer from Raasay's new distillery (Isle of Raasay Distillery)

Bringing whisky distilling back to this small and stunning beautiful island, which is situated off the east coast of Skye, in 2017, the Isle of Raasay Distillery is well worth a visit.

Set within stunningly picturesque surroundings, the distillery was built by R&B Distillers, bringing the island's disused Gothic villa hotel, Borodale House back to life and creating a visitor centre and accommodation for visiting fans.

Having recently released - and selling out very quickly of its first ever batch of single malt whisky (don't worry they have more available now) - the tours here explore both inside and outside of this stunning wee distillery.

Book here.

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