Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries

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Whisky, Uisge Beatha, the Water of Life, is one of Scotland's best-known products, enjoyed by millions the world over. Note that in Scotland, the word 'Scotch' is always an adjective, and never a noun. Only foreigners ever ask for 'a Scotch', because it's assumed that if you ask for a whisky, or a dram, or a nip, that you mean a Scotch whisky.

There are basically two types of whisky. Malt whisky, as it name suggests, is distilled from malted barley. Grain whisky can be distilled from any other grain. Once distilled, the spirit has to mature in the cask (the generic word for a convex wooden container held together by metal bands is a cask; a barrel is a specific size of cask) for at least three years before it can be legally called whisky. Some whiskies are matured for much longer than that, though for any given whisky there comes a point when it doesn't improve further in the cask, and if it isn't bottled by then it will lose its alcohol content and begin to deteriorate. Once bottled and sealed, it doesn't change.

On the market you can find blended whisky, which is a mixture anything up to 40 different malt and grain whiskies; vatted malt, which is a mixture of different malt whiskies; and single malt, which is the product of a single distillery.

This article gathers together images of many malt whisky distilleries, some of which are no longer in production. As far as possible, approximate grid references are supplied for distilleries no longer in existence. The occasional grain distillery or blending and bottling plant might sneak in, in italics. It is a work in progress, and suggestions for corrections or additions are welcome.

Aberfeldy Distillery

Aberfeldy, Perthshire
NN8649 : Aberfeldy Distillery by Sylvia Barrow NN8649 : Tree and chimney by Peter Moore NN8649 : Washbacks at Aberfeldy Distillery by Lis Burke NN8649 : Aberfeldy Distillery undergoing refurbishment in 1973 by Elliott Simpson NN8649 : Aberfeldy Distillery undergoing refurbishment in 1973 by Elliott Simpson

Aberlour Distillery

Aberlour, Banffshire
NJ2642 : Aberlour Distillery by Christopher Gillan NJ2642 : Aberlour Distillery by Peter Moore

Abhainn Dearg (Red River) Distillery

Uig, Isle of Lewis, Ross and Cromarty
NB0331 : Abhainn Dearg / Red River Distillery by Colin Smith NB0331 : Abhainn Dearg Distillery by Colin Smith NB0331 : The Abhainn Dearg Distillery by Tom Richardson NB0331 : Abhainn Dearg Distillery by Jo Turner

Adelphi Distillery

Glasgow, Lanarkshire (NS591644)

Albyn Distillery

Campbeltown, Argyll (NR715208)

Allt a' Bhainne Distillery

Glen Rinnes, Banffshire
NJ2734 : Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery by Andrew Stuart NJ2734 : Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery on the hill. by Des Colhoun NJ2734 : Distillery near Favillar by Stanley Howe NJ2734 : Allt a' Bhainne Distillery and Glen Rinnes by Anne Burgess

Annandale Distillery

Annan, Dumfries-shire
NY1968 : The Old Annan Distillery by M MacKenzie NY1968 : The front of the old Annan Distillery by M MacKenzie

Ardbeg Distillery

Isle of Islay, Argyll
NR4146 : Ardbeg distillery viewed over Carmichael's Rocks by Rob Farrow NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery, Islay by Rossographer NR4146 : Ardbeg distillery by Julian Dowse NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery by Mary and Angus Hogg NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery by Andrew Wood NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery by Peter Church NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery by Mick Garratt NR4146 : Whisky barrels at Ardbeg by M J Richardson NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery Limited by M J Richardson NR4146 : Warehouse at Ardbeg distillery by M J Richardson NR4146 : Barrel park at Ardbeg by M J Richardson NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery by Barbara Carr NR4146 : Ardbeg distillery by Andrew Abbott NR4146 : Storm clouds gather over the Ardbeg distillery by Andrew Abbott NR4146 : Ardbeg distillery and pier by Andrew Abbott NR4146 : Ardbeg distillery by Andrew Abbott NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery by - NR4146 : Refurbishment at the Ardbeg Distillery by David McManamon NR4146 : Distillery at Ardbeg by M J Richardson NR4146 : Ardbeg distillery by M J Richardson NR4146 : Ardbeg Stills by - NR4146 : Ardbeg Distillery, Islay by Becky Williamson

Ardlussa Distillery

Campbeltown, Argyll (NR715205)

Ardmore Distillery

Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire
NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ5529 : Teachers Distillery by Andrew Stuart NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Iain Macaulay NJ5529 : Bonded warehouses by James Allan NJ5529 : Ardmore Distillery by Stanley Howe

Argyll Distillery

Campbeltown, Argyll (NR718206)

Auchenblae Distillery

Auchenblae, Kincardineshire

Auchentoshan Distillery

Old Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire
NS4772 : Auchentoshan Distillery by Stephen Sweeney NS4772 : Auchentoshan Distillery by Stephen Sweeney NS4772 : Auchentoshan distillery by Chris Gunns NS4772 : Auchentoshan distillery by Chris Gunns NS4772 : Auchentoshan Distillery by william craig NS4772 : Auchentoshan distillery entrance by John Firth NS4772 : Steam engine, Auchentoshan Distillery. by Chris Allen

Auchnagie Distillery

Ballinluig, Perthshire (NO003520)

Auchroisk Distillery

Craigellachie, Banffshire
NJ3351 : Auchroisk Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ3351 : Auchroisk Distillery by Andrew Wood NJ3351 : Water treatment at Auchroisk by Andrew Wood NJ3350 : Auchroisk by Anne Burgess NJ3351 : Auchroisk Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ3351 : Auchroisk Distillery by Christopher Gillan

Auchtermuchty Distillery

Auchtermuchty, Fife (NO234121)

Auchtertool Distillery

Auchtertool, Kirkcaldy, Fife (NT217907)

Aultmore Distillery

Keith, Banffshire
NJ4053 : Aultmore Distillery by Andrew Wood NJ4053 : Sign at Aultmore Distillery by Anne Burgess NJ4053 : Aultmore Distillery by Ann Harrison NJ4053 : Aultmore Distillery by Iain Macaulay NJ4053 : The distillery at Aultmore viewed from the A96. by Des Colhoun NJ4053 : Entrance to Aultmore Distillery by Anne Burgess

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