As I look back on 2021, which I hope will be known as the last year of the pandemic, it is pleasing to note that we are making good progress in establishing the Hebridean Whisky Trail. http://hebrideanwhisky.com
The Hebrides, long famous for whiskies, both legal and illegal, is sure to build on it’s long established Islay island reputation to elevate itself as Scotland’s premiere whisky region. Dave Broom captures a good summary of where the region is at overall in an essay recently published by Bruichladdich :
Bruichladdich, Torabhaig, Raasay, NcNean, Harris, Ardnamurchan… Dave Broom charts a new approach to distilling https://www.bruichladdich.com/bruichladdich-whisky-news/exploring-history/the-new-hebridean/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=holiday%20reading&utm_content=long%20read.
Early September next year will see the first Hebridean Whisky Festival when the five founding distilleries will get together at the Sligachan Hotel offering a traditional ceilidh welcome to whisky enthusiasts and other tourists.
We are soon to appoint a Development Manager whose full time job will be to promote the trail, enlist and promote local support and organise the annual festival. This role will be exactly what is needed to coral the undoubted enthusiasm and support from the member distilleries.
The trail which can start or end with Isle of Jura distillery in the south and start or end with the Isle of Harris Distillery in the north, winds its way through unique Hebridean landscapes by sea and land past Torobhaig Distillery, Talisker distillery and the Isle of Raasay Distillery. We believe it is a trail for adventurers and whisky pioneers. The trail’s stamped passport earned by those who visit all the distilleries and the festival should be something that is sought after by whisky fans and the growing number of tourists that prefer more active holiday breaks.
And here are a few of my memories from the trail so far …. Enjoy…