New whisky trail for the He­brides

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

The is­land land­scapes of Skye, Raasay and Har­ris are the back­drop to Scot­land’s new­est whisky ad­ven­ture – the He­bridean Whisky Trail.

The new trail has been de­signed with in­trepid whisky wan­der­ers in mind, con­nect­ing four neigh­bour­ing dis­til­leries – Isle of Raasay Dis­tillery, Torab­haig Dis­tillery, Talisker Dis­tillery and the Isle of Har­ris Dis­tillery – through one spec­tac­u­lar 115-mile route.

The Isle of Raasay Dis­tillery opened to vis­i­tors in Jan­uary 2018. As well as pi­o­neer­ing a new prove­nance for Scotch whisky, the dis­tillery has be­come a wel­come new tourist des­ti­na­tion for the small He­bridean is­land.

The Isle of Raasay Dis­tillery is the per­fect ad­di­tion to a trail that cel­e­brates the dis­tinc­tive whiskies, land­scapes and is­land her­itage of this beau­ti­ful area of Scot­land.

Karen Betts, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Scotch Whisky As­so­ci­a­tion, will launch the trail on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 15 at an of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony tak­ing place at Raasay Dis­tillery.

Alas­dair Day, co-founder of Raasay Dis­tillery, said he was de­lighted to be in­volved in the new He­bridean Whisky Trail. He added: ‘The He­bridean Whisky Trail of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the rich cul­ture, prove­nance and land­scape of three of the He­bridean Is­lands of Har­ris, Raasay and Skye while vis­it­ing four very dif­fer­ent dis­til­leries.’

Set amidst some of Scot­land’s most scenic sea and moun­tain lo­ca­tions, each dis­tillery has its own char­ac­ter and at­mos­phere. From the old­est, Talisker, founded in 1830, to the youngest, Isle of Raasay, which be­gan pro­duc­tion in 2017, all four have unique sto­ries and ap­proaches to the craft of mak­ing whisky.

The new trail can be en­joyed by road or by sea with three CalMac ferry cross­ings link­ing the des­ti­na­tions, as well as yacht berthing fa­cil­i­ties near to each dis­tillery.

By sea, the trail can be charted clock­wise or anti-clock­wise around Skye. In­trepid sea­far­ers can set sail from any of the four dis­til­leries from points north, south, east or west.

Road trav­ellers can be­gin their jour­ney ei­ther by cross­ing over the Skye Bridge or start at the trail’s north­ern-most point on Har­ris, or its south­ern-most point, at Torab­haig on Skye’s Sleat penin­sula. Raasay is only a short 25-minute ferry jour­ney Sconser on Skye and the dis­tillery is lo­cated a short stroll from the ferry ter­mi­nal.

Vis­i­tors can pause their He­bridean odyssey on Raasay by book­ing to stay in the dis­tillery ac­com­mo­da­tion. Vis­i­tors can en­joy a few drams in the lounge and wake up to the mag­nif­i­cent panorama of the Cuillin moun­tains on Skye.

The jour­ney con­tin­ues, and its im­pres­sive route will tick off many iconic He­bridean sights, from the ver­tig­i­nous peaks on Skye to the white sandy beaches of Har­ris. The He­bridean Whisky Trail will of­fer whisky pil­grims and tour­ing vis­i­tors another rea­son to ex­plore the ma­jes­tic He­bridean is­lands.

The Torab­haig Dis­tillery is one of four on the new whisky trail, along with the Isle of Raasay, left.

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