Whisky Festivals in Speyside

Speyside Whisky Festival 2013

Greater Speyside plays host to two major whisky festivals throughout the year: one in spring and another in autumn (giving you just enough time to recover in between).


Spirit of Speyside is a major festival that takes place over the first public holiday weekend in May. There are multiple venues and events across the whole region and as well as the obvious focus on whisky, visitors can get involved in photography competitions and music performances.  The dates move every year so check the website for details.

Explore the traditions behind the unique Speyside Single Malt Whiskies and discover the passion behind them. What makes them special, how small differences in location can make a huge difference in taste, what Master Distillers do to make their whiskies special…


The aptly named Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival is on at the end of September each year. Its home is in Dufftown, but events take place in many locations in the surrounding area, including Ballindalloch, Craigellachie, Tomintoul and Keith.

During the festival, visitors are able to taste an incredible array of fine single malts from a number of the Speyside Distilleries, some of which are not normally open to the public.

Take part in the famous “Seven Stills Tour” that visits all of Dufftown’s distilleries past and present on a single trip with a dram at each; definitely not a bus tour for the faint hearted! There is more too: music, dancing, a whisky auction, the Dufftown pipe band and a craft fair. The best of Scotland’s culture will be on show alongside the celebration of its national drink.

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