Quick, how do you pronounce Hebrides? The picturesque Scottish islands of Harris, Raasay and Skye already have the 115-mile Hebridean Whisky Trail; now local distilleries are launching the first Hebridean Whisky Festival, taking place May 21-25.
As David Leask of The Herald explains, free tours and tastings await anyone willing to brave multiples ferry rides in the North Atlantic. Besides a visit to Skye-based Talisker Distillery, whose single malts are among our go-to smoke shows, the festival offers access to the fragrant cask warehouse at Isle of Raasay Distillery. There, you’ll find Scotch maturing in Bordeaux, virgin oak and rye barrels.
It all wraps on Skye with more tastings, plus cocktails, craft beer and the local pipe band. The Hebrides can be a tad wet and windy, but remember the Scottish proverb: Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky.