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The largest whisky producing region

The Scottish Highlands include the rugged and mountainous regions of Scotland north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, although the exact boundaries are not clearly defined, particularly to the east. Much of the Scottish Highlands area overlaps the Highlands and Islands area.

The Islands region is often confused with Islay, but the Islands region is in fact a separate whisky producing region consisting of the islands of Arran, Jura, Mull, Orkney, Shetlands and Skye.

Glen Garioch Distillery

*/ /*-->*/ One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, ever since it was opened 1797 by founders and brothers John & Alexander Manson.

Balblair Distillery

It’s Balblair’s ill fortune to be located less than 5 miles from Glenmorangie, its rather better-known neighbour, and somewhat off the main road north; to be late into the single malt market and to be owned by one of the industry’s smaller companies, lacking the marketing and distribution muscle of its larger competitors. But none of this means you should ignore it, because there is much of interest to be found there.