Distilleries & Wineries in the Scottish Highlands

Wine Tasting, Whiskey Tasting, What's not to love...


Scotland is typically known for its whiskey, however this isn't the only alcohol tasting adventure you can embark on in the Scottish Highlands. 

Throughout the highlands, whether you’re staying at our accommodation in John O’Groats, or our Stornoway accommodation, there’s an alcohol tasting session near by.


whiskey tasting scottish highlands


Orkney Wine Company

When visiting John O’Groats we also recommend a day trip to the Orkney Islands. In addition to the many things you can see there, you can also visit the Orkney Wine Company who produce their own range of wine and liquors.

Using 100% natural ingredients, the beverages are full of favour, as well as being sulphur free and vegan friendly.

You can visit the store, where you’re able to sample their entire range of fruit wines & liqueurs, as well as J. Gow Rum, which is made next door. They also have an online store, so if you fall in love with any of their flavours you’ll be able to re-stock!

Stay in a self-catering glass fronted lodge, or a self-catering apartment in the old John O'Groats hotel: 


john o groats accommodation


Isle of Harris Distillery 

The Isle of Harris Distillery produces gin as well as whiskey and is based just under an hours drive from Lews Castle in Stornoway, in a truly remarkable location.

Nestled between mountains on the shore, the distillery building alone is a great sight, but visitors are also welcome to look inside. From March-October tours run every weekday, offering visitors the chance to see how the distillery works, learn about its history and of course, try some of their creations.

The Isle of Harris Distillery is also just a short drive from powder white beaches, which rival the Caribbean (although you may not get the weather...)

Due to current guidelines tours aren't going ahead, but you can still visit the distillery - please contact them directly to see when tours will resume. 

Stay in a self-catering apartment at the incredible Lews Castle:


stornoway accommodation


Ben Nevis Distillery

If you're touring Scotland and stopping by Ben Nevis, the Ben Nevis whiskey distillery should definitely be on your list of places to visit. 

The distillery has been crafting whisky beneath Britain's highest mountain in Fort William since the early 19th century and offers tours as well as a visitor's centre. 

*Closed at present due to current guidelines* 



Talisker Distillery

Based on the shores of Loch Harport on the Isle of Skye, the Talisker Whiskey Distillery is the oldest working distillery of its kind and is currently open for visits and tours. 

Open every day throughout the year, visitors can experience a working day in the distillery, with plenty of opportunities to try the produce!

With dramatic views of the Cuillins, a visit to this distillery is a great way to spend an afternoon in the highlands. 


For more information on your stay in the Scottish Highlands contact our team today.