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New Hebridean Whisky Trail offers a chance to explore Scotland’s remote islands

Travellers exploring Scotland in search of the finest whiskies will have a reason to head to the remote Northern islands with the launch of the new Hebridean Whisky Trail.

Portree before sunset, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK. Image by ©Nataliya Hora/Shutterstock

The trail crosses the islands of Skye, Raasay and Harris, connecting the Isle of Raasay Distillery, Torabhaig Distillery, Talisker Distillery and the Isle of Harris Distillery along a 115-mile route. While Scotland is already a hugely popular destination for whisky lovers, the Hebrides are located off the country’s northern coast, making it a true journey for many. But those who do go will find a unique selection of distilleries against some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The path crosses some of the most famous spots in the Hebrides, like the mountains of Skye to the white beaches of Harris.

The Talisker Whisky Distillery. Image by Hebridean Whisky Trail

The trail will officially launch on 15 August. While there are only four spots on the trail, there is great variety in what they offer; the oldest distillery, Talisker, was founded in 1830, while the youngest, Isle of Raasay, began production in 2017.

Scotch-lovers will know that the country is broken up into regions – like the Highlands, Islay, Speyside and more – each with their own type of whisky boasting certain characteristics. Speyside already has its own Malt Whisky Trail, which connects distilleries in the area.

The Torabhaig distillery. Image by Hebridean Whisky Trail

For those who want to explore the island region, travellers can get between the distilleries by road or sea. Three Calmac ferry crossings link the destinations and there are also yacht berthing facilities near to each distillery. Drivers are also able to get between the distilleries via bridges and short ferry journeys.