The best distillery tours near Lochend

There are two excellent distilleries within a half hour of Lochend, however, one of the best whisky experiences lies only a 20-minute walk from the chalets. With several local whiskies in its cosy Port Bar, and a Malt Vault with more than 35 single malts from the Highlands & Islands (everything from a £4.50 Auchentoshan right up to a £450-a-shot 40-year old Glengoyne), the Lake of Menteith Hotel, is one of our favourite spots for a fireside dram.

Then, if you want to find out a bit more about the way whisky is made, you can head north to Doune or south towards Glasgow:

Deanston Distillery, near Doune
Twenty minutes from Lochend, this wonderfully old-school distillery is our local, if you like, with a fascinating history. Formerly a cotton mill it didn’t become a distillery until the 1960’s and most recently starred in Ken Loach’s film ‘Angels Share’. With a lovely cafe now in place, they’ve opened their doors for tours.

Glengoyne Distillery, near Drymen
Officially, whisky has been produced at Glengoyne since 1833. Unofficially, however, it is likely that whisky was distilled here illegally much earlier than that. Either way, this is one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland, lying just off the West Highland Way at the foot of Dumgoyne (1,402ft) – making this a great distillery to visit if you fancy combining your tour with a walk. Come in the autumn, and you can also visit nearby Pots of Gartness, one of the best salmon leaps in Scotland.