History, whisky and hijinks: the many fine distilleries surrounding Hillview Cottage

Hillview Cottage is so steeped in the history and traditions of Scotch distilling that it’s the holiday home equivalent of an original bottle of 1824 Glenlivet.

Originally the home of the manager of the Glenlivet Distillery, this description could almost be taken literally.

In a slightly more figurative sense, it simply reflects the location of the house, in the heart of Speyside’s stunning landscape, littered with innumerable whisky distilleries.

With around fifty distilleries in the Speyside area, ranging from Glenlivet’s own to Tamnavulin and Glenfiddich, the cottage is a haven for whisky lovers the world over.

The area has been slowly fermenting in the good stuff for two hundred years, and it shows. From the tasty tipple of the Bacardi distilleries of Aultmore (Banffshire), Craigellachie (Moray), and Macduff (Banff), to the dreamy drinks of William Grant and Sons’ triplet distilleries in Dufftown, there’s a veritable plethora of harmonious hijinks to be found in the rolling hills and pleasant lands surrounding Hillview Cottage.

With seventeen distilleries in the Speyside area belonging to Diageo alone, you’ll be spoiled for choice, and never far away from a cheeky sip for the duration of your stay. Take a tour around some of the world’s oldest and most revered purveyors of whisky, sample the splendour of their divine amber nectar, and immerse yourself in a haven for the whisky aficionado. Whether you’re in search of the finest single malt ever brewed, or happy to chug a dram at every stop of the tour, you’ve never had a holiday quite like this one.

Head over to Elgin and sample the delights of the Glen Moray brewery with its smooth, sweet and oaky Heritage Collection, and the intriguing enchantment of their Classic Collection. Don’t forget to take a stroll by the River Lossie, the source of all that single malt splendour.

Looking for something truly unique? Try taking a spin over to Knockando and the Tamdhu distillery. The single cask, single malt Tamdu has been fifty years in the cask and one hundred and twenty years in the making. It’s a rubescent blend that melts on the tongue, from the first full European Oak sherry butt, freshly bottled in March 2017 but deeply rooted in Speyside’s illustrious heritage.

If you’re really looking for a treat, head on over to Dufftown and spend half a day touring the facilities of the Glenfiddich distillery, home of the world’s best-selling single malt whisky. Shorter tours are available, but for the whisky connoisseur, we highly recommend the immersive experience of the half-day whisky enthusiasts tour. This is a seriously in-depth tour that offers the opportunity to bottle your very own 20cl whisky from one of the Glenfiddich Malt Master’s personally selected casks. You’ll take a trip around Warehouse 6 and gain a keen insight into the trade secrets of the marrying process. As if this isn’t enough to satisfy, there’s ample opportunity to take your taste buds for a treat and test your palette with a masterclass in tasting and matching the finest whiskies the distillery has to offer with the perfect canap├ęs, all from the Grant Family Home.

With so many opportunities for adventure on your doorstep, and facilities to keep you in the lap of luxury while you relax and enjoy the spoils of your quests, Hillview Cottage offers a truly unique experience. Perfect for whisky lovers and history buffs alike, it’s the ideal setting for indulging your taste for the finer things in life while taking in the numerous delights of the Scottish landscape.

Take an indulgent break and really relax as you dive into the divine distilleries surrounding Hillview Cottage. Recharge your batteries in our luxury, self-catering holiday cottage, deep in the heart of Scotland’s whisky country. Refresh yourself in the beautiful mountains and thoroughly romantic setting, rife with picture-perfect destinations for walking and biking. We’re pet-friendly, too, and perfectly positioned to not only give you endless access to some of the finest single malt scotch whiskies in the world, but enable you to ramble up the mountains, through the fields, and by the streams and rivers from which they were brewed.

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