Golf in the morning and distillery in the afternoon? or a breakout day dedicated to the whisky instead? There’s probably no right or wrong answer as to which works best as it likely depends on just whereabouts you’re staying or travelling through. Some of Scotland’s whisky producing regions combine better with her golf courses than others. Some you’ll be spoilt for choice, (like Speyside) whereas in others the decision is much more forced and likely restricted to a single focus
Glenkinchie is the most noteworthy distillery to visit around Edinburgh (about 40 mins away), but otherwise it’s notable for its exception. The capital is perhaps better equipped to sate your thirst for scotch by using one of its ‘whisky experiences’ for it hosts numerous bottle collections, organised tastings, and teaching classes, including the ‘scotch whisky experience’
The Kingsbarns distillery needn't be a 'famous name' but its the closest distillery to St Andrews (and of course, Kingsbarns) and won't let a golfer with a more casual interest in scotch down
Glenmorangie is home to the tallest stills in Scotland and only 10 mins from Royal Dornoch and practically next door to Tain Golf Club. It can easily be used to reinforce a highland golf tour
In order to reach the highlands to play golf you're most likely to use the A9 highway. This means driving past the Blair Athol distillery, home of 'Bells'. You might as well ... I mean, it'd be rude not to!
Speyside has the greatest depth of ‘famous names’ and can easily justify a dedicated day or two exploring the distilleries of river Spey valley. Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, and Macallan are all headline acts whereas Aberlour, Glen Grant, Strathisla (Chivas), Balvenie, Cardhu, and Glenfarcas rank amongst scotch royalty.
You might choose to stay in Carigellachie to immerse yourself in it, whilst routing between the Highlands and Aberdeenshire (Cruden Bay or Aberdeen), or you could ‘nip over’ to Speyside on an afternoon after playing golf at the likes of Castle Stuart, Nairn, the Boat of Garten or on the Moray Old Course.
The Ayrshire coast (Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry) needn’t be a stronghold for scotch. If we want to add some whisky interest then one of the most fun ways of doing so is to take a ferry onto the Isle of Arran and combine golf at Shiskine and Corrie, with scotch at the islands distillery at Lochranza. You could stretch further to Campbeltown, a one time centre of the export industry but most famous today for the Springbank distillery. Campbeltown combines with the world top-100 ranked links at Machrihanish. To complete this in a day will likely involve a hopper flight from Glasgow
Pure water sources and plenty of peat ensure that the distilleries of Islay are held in the highest regard the world over. Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Bruichladdich require little introduction. The problem is getting there and back in a single day. We probably need ‘an overnight’ to do it properly, and that means a ferry from Kennacraig, or a hopper flight from Glasgow. We prefer the former as it means our vehicle comes with us.
The golf is restricted to the Machrie links, or course which probably qualifies as ‘hidden gem’ and typically ranks in Scotland’s top-20 list
If your interest is more casual (just wanting to ‘do’ a distillery) then the Tullibardine Distillery is only a couple of miles away from Gleneagles in the village of Blackford.
Alternatively the Glenturret Distillery is easy to tag onto a stay at Gleneagles in the small town of Crieff (20 mins). Glenturret is a unique whisky experience offering tours of Scotland’s oldest working distillery, and home of the ‘Famous Grouse’
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