So back to the tour! There are five whisky regions : the Highlands (41 distilleries), the Lowlands (13 distilleries), Campbelltown (3 distilleries), Islay (8 distilleries) and Speyside (50 distilleries). As you can see these cover the depth and breadth of the country, and most breweries have premise tours where you can learn about the process and taste the product. Combine your distillery visits with local attractions of which there are many: the historical sites nearby , and the breath-taking scenery. A great introduction and guide to peruse before planning your visit would be VisitScotland.
A good time for a brewery tour of the country is the month of May, a time when Scotland celebrates this drink all month long with festivals, gatherings, tastings and more. May can be warm and the countryside abounds with spring foliage and flowers as well. A few words of caution: if you are on a custom tour that involves driving your own rental car, remember that driving is on the left, often comes with a stick shift in a smaller car, may involve windy and very narrow roads where the lorries (aka trucks) you meet are full size, and the odd sheep or two are regular size (no fences). So, don’t imbibe too much whisky on tasting tours if you are driving!