Here's the main distilleries you can visit when staying in Inverness for 2020. Information correct as of August 2020.
Several distilleries have chosen to remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to Covid restrictions. Some are open but have decided not to offer guided tours this year. Here are some of the ones you can visit easily by car from Inverness.
Dalwhinnie distillery © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins
Distilleries re-opening soon:
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.
The Malt Room is tucked in the alleyway leading to the Victorian Market in Church Street. It was the first dedicated whisky bar in Inverness. You can visit the downstairs bar any day (open 5pm - 1am) everyday and 12pm-1am Saturday and You can book the upstairs tasting room for private bookings with customers able to book for 4 hour sessions.
The Angel's Share 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. Open Thursday - Sunday from 5pm til late. Book a table online.
If you want to take something home with you, pay a visit to The Whisky Shop in Bridge Street in the city centre. Open daily.
Inverness-based, family-owned 5 Star tour company WOW Scotland will be offering guided tours in their well-appointed 30-seater mini-coaches. Sit back and enjoy their Whisky Tour - this carefully crafted itinerary will enable you to experience the best of Speyside and Highland whiskies in one day with visits to Tomatin, Glenfarclas, Cragganmore and the Speyside Cooperage. Available on selected dates in 2021.
Although the Highland Whisky Festival was cancelled in 2020, we are hoping it will resume in May 2021. This features 8 distilleries around the North Coast 500.
Whisky festival © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins