24 Sep Scotland Whisky Distillery Map
Welcome to the Wandering Spirits Global Scotland Whisky Distillery Map!
We created this map to help us plan our distillery trips in Scotland. The abundance of distilleries is heaven for whisky lovers, but it can also create some problems, as it can be hard to keep track of them all! It is easy to overlook some favourite distilleries that might only be around the corner.
I drove straight past Balblair on the way to Clynelish without realising it was there, and I felt overwhelmed when I made an unplanned visit to Speyside – the region is jammed pack with distilleries.
A key point worth noting is that not all distilleries are open to the public (black pins), which is the case for much of Speyside, and quite a few in the Lowlands. See our Map Key section below for the different colour and icon codes, which will help provide information on which whisky distilleries you can visit.
I wish I’d compiled this map before I departed, however, here it is for you to freely use on your next trip to Scotland!
Scotland Whisky Distillery Map
- Map pins shown in black are distilleries not open to the public. They’re on the map as you might want to take a photo if you’re going past. Keep in mind though that some are simply massive industrial ‘whisky factories’ and might not be worth the trip. A quick google image search should give you a good indication of what to expect.
- Visits to distilleries with map pins shown in orange are by appointment only.
- Distilleries with green pins are open to the public, and you can visit without an appointment. However, I suggest you book anyway.
- Pink pins are Diageo sites open to the public and eligible for free Classic Malts Membership which will get you free tours.
Not A Distillery
There are also a few ‘not a distillery’ points of interest on the maps. These are by no means exhaustive, just some key attractions you may wish to visit while on your spirited adventures.
Camera icons are for especially scenic or historical sites.
Martini glass icons are for establishments that serve tasty libations, and many of these also sell bottles of fine spirits.
If you are looking to visit abbeys and castles, you might be interested in the Visit Scotland Explorer Pass, as one ticket will get you entry into over 70 Historic Scotland venues including the Dallas Dhu Distillery Museum.
How To Use The Scotland Whisky Distillery Map
The Scotland Whisky Distillery Map is compiled using Google My Maps.
Google My Maps is brilliant for building up layers of destination points, and also allowing you to create additional layers for routes. Unfortunately, Google My Maps is horrible for integrating routes with Google Maps (it doesn’t make sense, but there is no way around it at this point).
What you can do, however, is share maps like this one with other users so that they can import the Google My Map onto their own devices. You can import via Google Maps OR via a .kml file if you’re using other navigation systems. For more information on that see here. I’ve already created the map for you, so you just need to start from Step 4.
You’re allowed to create up to 10 layers in Google My Maps – the map I’ve created already has seven, but you can delete unnecessary layers to free it up (i.e. delete Islay or Islands if you’re not visiting those) and start entering your route to your desired distilleries.
Per Elise Moreau’s Live Wire post, “you can access the map in the Google Maps app on your mobile device. As long as you’re signed into the same Google account you used to create your custom map; you’re good to go.
Open the Google Maps app, tap the menu icon on the right side of the search field to see the menu slide out from the left and tap on Your places. Scroll down past your labelled sites and saved locations to your maps. You should see the name of your map appear there.
Once you’ve tapped to open your map within the app, you’ll see your route just the way it looked when you built it on a computer, complete with all your destination points. To start using Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation, simply tap the second destination point (skipping the first one assuming that you’re starting there, of course) and then tap the blue car icon that appears in the bottom right corner to start your route.”
I have tried to ensure that all the older distilleries are on there, along with accurate information on whether they are open to the public or otherwise. If you find information missing (especially new distilleries), or something is inaccurate, please let me know, and I’ll update the map! I would love for the Scotland Whisky Distillery Map to be as complete and helpful as possible for touring distilleries around Scotland.
Considerable credit has to go to the Visit Scotland website for their fantastic interactive ebook – I found it an excellent resource, but I wasn’t able to use it easily to plot my distillery road trips. Check out their beautiful ebook though if you want to see some artistic Scotland Whisky Distillery Maps by region.
First published 24 September 2017
Last updated 30 June 2018