Mansion House Hotel, Elgin - The Malt Whisky Trail
"Whisky Trail" in Scotland
Country Hotel on the Whisky Trail
Whisky Trails in Scotland are becoming increasing popular. Mansion House Country hotel is situated on the Grampian Highland Whisky Trail, enabling you to visit some of the famous distilleries.
As whisky lovers from all over the world would tell you, once you have experienced the unique art of whisky making you will appreciate the differences that give the distinct taste to each distillery product. Take one of Scotland’s “Whisky Trails” and see how each distillery uses water, yeast, barley, and peat to create the distinctive taste, texture, colour and aroma of whisky.
Whilst on the Whisky Trail, you will have an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the most sought after and rare whiskies produced. Many of the Scottish whisky distilleries can only be visited by booking in advance. We can help to guide you through by providing information on the distilleries, their opening hours and directions as to how to find them.
Benromach Distillery has changed ownership so many times that it is difficult to keep track. Fortunately the distilled whisky that was left to mature nearly fifty years ago has passed on through the various owners to become the treasure that is being served today. Located at Moray, Speyside, the acknowledged home of the finest Scotch, Benromach Distillery is a perfect example of tradition living in harmony with the modern times.
Originally known as Cardow. Built along the Knockando River, Speyside and in the heart of whisky country, it gets its name from the Gaelic word for 'black rock'.
Enjoying the quality water from the Bailliemullich Burn and good supply of local barley, Dailuaine is in a perfect location for a distillery. A few miles off the main Aberlour to Grantown road in Speyside, Scotland, its location represents the many romantic images of whisky making. Almost impossible to find without good local knowledge or a good set of directions!
Glen Moray Distillery
Established in 1897 along the banks of River Lossie within the city of Elgin and the capital of Speyside, and whisky making region.
The only thing that has changed in 165 years is the label – this is the proud claim about the fine single malt whisky produced at Glenfarclas. The distillery has been in the hands of the Grant family for six generations. One of the few independent family owned distilleries functioning in Scotland today, the Grant family has owned Glenfarclas since 1865.
This is the largest selling single malt whisky in the American market. Only the official bottling of the company are allowed to use the term appellation ‘The Glenlivet’. Established by father and son team George & J.G. Smith, which is still acknowledged on the label.
Glenrothes Distillery is proudly a centre of two local legends. One is the resident ghost clearly too fund of the whisky to take a leave and the other of the great fire which saw whisky flowing down the streets. Unsurprisingly during this incident many locals scooped up the liquid gold in whatever they could find leaving the farmers’ cattle and the fish in the Rothes Burn rather tipsy.
Perched on a high wooded bank in Morayshire amidst the hills along the River Spey, Knockando Distillery is located between the present day villages of Knockando and Archiestown in Speyside. The name Knockando originates from the Gaelic phrase "cnoc an dhu" which means "little black hill".
Located on the road from Elgin to Rothes and next to Benriach Distillery, Longmorn gets its name from ‘Lhanmorgund’, which means ‘place of the holy man’. There is a small church near by built in honour of an early Christian saint, St. Marnan or Marnoch. The church was known as Lann Marnoch, which through the passage of time was corrupted to Longmorn.
Doggedly traditional distillery with its unusually small hand-make copper stills, Macallan Distilleries of Speyside in the Highlands produces the finest of single malt whiskies. The distillers insist on a sherry aging, always in dry oloroso casks which are shipped unbroken from Spain.