A ‘dram’ good combination
Feast on two of Scotland’s most famous exports by adding a visit to one of many famous distilleries to your itinerary
By Chris Johnston
Love Golf? Love whisky? Why not try something different this summer by combining visits to some of Scotland’s most famous distilleries with a round of golf or two at the courses nearby.
Found in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, Cadenhead’s whisky shop is home to Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, first established in 1842.
Guaranteeing it never chill-filters
or chemically alters the products it bottles, each of Cadenhead’s whiskies comes from individual casks specially selected for their quaility.
Glenkinchie is another distillery to be found near the capital, and it says a visit there gives you a real taste of Scotland. A tour around the distillery is a must, whilst also giving you the fantastic chance to combine it with golf on Scotland’s Golf Coast and a stay at the beautiful Maitlandfield House Hotel.
Family-friendly and fun to play, Carrbridge Golf Club is a must if you’re visit takes you into the Highlands and towards Inverness. Offering a great variety of holes and fantastic views, you are certain to enjoy your round here.
If you fancy a dram or two afterwards, look no further than the bar in the town’s Cairn Hotel. Its whisky selection is particularly impressive.
The Tomatin Distillery, meanwhile, offers a historic step into whisky past. First opened in 1897, a visit here allows you to explore the distillery on several different tours. Whether you choose the Legacy, the Taste of Tomatin, or the Single Cask Experience, you will love your time inside.
Castle Stuart Golf Links, Nairn Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Club are all nearby, so you’re certainly not short of golf course options in the area.
Another distillery surrounded by several of the world’s most famous golf courses is the Kingsbarns Distillery, which has a visitor centre that has been enjoyed by many of the world’s most famous golfers, including Miguel Angel Jimenez. The distillery offers two tours, meaning there is something for all levels of whisky interest.
Drumoig Golf Club is just a matter of minutes from the Home of Golf and has been described as ‘one of the best inland venues in the region’. Weaving through a natural bird and wildlife haven, its ninth, tenth and 11th holes really stand out in the memory.
A short trip across the Firth of Clyde from the mainland and you’ll find the golf and whisky hotspot of the Isle of Arran. With seven golf courses and the Isle of Arran distillers all on the island, it’s perfect for any golf and whisky lover.
If that’s your destination of choice, Brodick Golf Club is certainly worth a visit. Just a short stroll from the pier where the ferry docks, it is a fairly flat course, but it is surrounded by spectacular scenery. A mixture of parkland and links, it’s short enough for every golfer to enjoy, while still asking questions of the lower handicap player.
Lamlash and Shiskine must feature high on your list of places to play, too.
Away from the golf course, the warmest of welcomes is guaranteed at the Isle of Arran distillery. it is open all year round for guided tours and tastings.