Here are some of the distilleries you can visit easily by car from Inverness. Guided tours and tastings are available at many distilleries. Please check with individual distilleries before visiting.
If you are touring some of these distilleries and enjoying a wee dram, please have a designated driver in your vehicle so that everyone can stay safe.
Dalwhinnie distillery © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins
The Uile-bheist brewery and distillery sits on the banks of the River Ness just 5 minutes walk from the city centre. This brand new building is the first new distillery to be built in Inverness for 130 years and aims to create artisan whisky and beer from the river water and local barley. A variety of guided tours and tastings are available to book including chocolate & cheese tasting.
The Malt Room is tucked in the alleyway leading to the Victorian Market in Church Street. Enjoy whisky tastings in the first dedicated whisky bar in Inverness which was named Whisky Bar of the Year in the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2021.
The Wee Bar is a Whisky and Gin bar overlooking the river. It is located on Ness Walk right opposite Inverness castle (above Prime restaurant). Cocktails and sharing platters (Highland cheeses, Seafood, Meat, Vegetarian) also available.
It's not just whisky that's made in Scotland - we have plenty of gin distilleries too including the Great Glen Distillery in Drumnadrochit which claims to be the smallest in Scotland.
On 1 July 2023 The National Whisky Festival of Scotland comes to Eden Court in Inverness.
The Spirit of Speyside whisky festival is takes place in distilleries around Moray & Speyside in late April / early May.
Uile-bheist distillery in Inverness
Whisky festival © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins