The Malt whisky trail is the only trail of its kind in the world. The quest for knowledge may take you along parts of the Whisky trail, 2 of the largest distilleries; Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are 22 and 30 miles, respectively. The tours are inspiring and tasty, even if you’re not a whisky drinker, you will find yourself in awe of the history and production process. Begin your tour of Speyside’s famous distilleries by visiting The Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire. Admission is free and the guided tour gives you an insight into the history of this fabulous single malt, concluding with a complementary dram of The Glenlivet 12, 18-years-old, or Nàdurra. Near Dufftown you’ll discover the spectacular Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods. It really is an inspiring experience as you watch the coopers at work, taking for example bourbon casks and reconditioning them ready to be filled with whisky. (The bourbon in the wood of the cask adds unique flavours to a whisky.) The speed that the coopers work at is amazing and their craftsmanship is humbling. Whilst in Dufftown, you could visit the Glenfiddich Distillery. For a memorable experience, you could book a place on the half-day Pioneer’s Tour where you get to bottle your Glenfiddich direct from the cask and enjoy a tasting and nosing masterclass.