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The Hebridean Whisky Trail
Posted on: 17th August, 2018
There are a great many things which connect the small island communities of Scotland’s north-west. We share bonds of language, culture, tradition, history and geneology, and now we can add spirit to that list of commonality.
On Wednesday, we were delighted to travel south to meet our new friends at the Isle of Raasay Distillery where we were also joined by representatives from the famous Talisker Distillery and newcomer Torabhaig Distillery, both from the Isle of Skye.
Under typically grey summer skies, our four remote spirit-making endeavours came together to begin The Hebridean Whisky Trail, a new initiative which will build bonds between our island distilleries and help bring more whisky lovers to our far flung shores.
After a welcome introduction from Raasay’s co-founder Alasdair Day, Karen Betts, chief executive of the Scottish Whisky Association formally launched this exciting new adventure with a raised dram. Those who had gathered for the occasion were then treated to tastings, talks and a tour.
As Alasdair says…
“All four distilleries have been discussing this for what seems like a long time now. We hope that we have created an opportunity for people to experience the heritage, the provenance of all three islands, and four very different Scotch Whisky distilleries.”
And as Shona Macleod, our guest team manager says…
“We are pleased to be contributing to the growth in tourism in the Outer Hebrides. The Hebridean Whisky Trail will provide an impetus for whisky lovers to go that extra mile and visit the first legal whisky distillery on the Isle of Harris.”
The new trail can be enjoyed by road and sea, taking in iconic Hebridean sights along the way, from the vertiginous peaks of Skye to the white sandy beaches of our own western coast.
Many road travellers will likely begin their journey by crossing over the Skye Bridge at Kyle, but there’s nothing stopping you starting off at the Trail’s northernmost point with us here on Harris, or at its southernmost point, at Torabhaig on the Sleat peninsula.
Swift ferry crossings help link us all together, as well as the yacht berthings near to each distillery from which intrepid sea-farers can set sail. Raasay is only a short boat journey from Sconser on Skye and we’re just across the waters from Uig, with both distilleries just a stroll from our respective local harbours.
We hope whisky lovers and island adventurers alike will be inspired to undertake this 115-mile pilgrimage to discover not just our distilleries, but the wonderful landscapes and the special communities that make up this unique corner of the world.
Please visit the dedicated website via the link below and make plans to hit The Hebridean Whisky Trail some day soon.