04 May 2018
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 3rd - 7th May 2018
First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival's annual celebration of Scotland's national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. With a programme of around 500 whisky-inspired events over 5 days, the Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike.
Festival events take place throughout Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland, located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness.
Dave Broom, writing for scotchwhisky.com, 2017
"Around the table were people from Egypt, the Philippines, the US, Canada (‘and French Canada!’), Sweden, Belgium... and one lone Scot. It typified what the festival is about. Across Speyside people were sitting down, or standing beside, strangers. The only link between them was a love of whisky. They start to swap stories and experiences and, before you know it, everyone’s laughing or dancing and making a new, firm, friendship."
Event venues are as varied as the experiences on offer - distilleries old and new, charming village halls, local whisky bars, historic castles, old steadings and the great outdoors – each guaranteeing an authentic experience.
With activities taking place from Elgin in the North, Kingussie in the South to Keith in the East and Forres in the West, following the length of the River Spey to the sea (one of National Geographic's 'greatest coastlines'), the Festival brings this renowned whisky region to life as visitors from 54 countries are welcomed, greeted by locals as old friends.
For more information of events go to Spirit of Speyside>>