UCI Cycling World Championships: Glasgow Samplings
If you'll be visiting the area for the event, or find yourself in Glasgow city centre on one of these dates, pop in to our lovely shop and taste some of the best Scotch The Whisky Shop has to offer from up and down the country. Each day will have a handful of the corresponding whiskies on offer, from 12pm to 4pm.
Highland Whisky - Saturday 5th August
Turn the classic NC500 cycling route into a tour of some of the most northerly distilleries in Scotland. Starting in Inverness, slight deviations to the classic route will take you to Singleton Glen Ord, The Dalmore, Balbalir, Brora and Old Pulteney. A ferry ride will take you across to Orkney, where your ending point will be Highland Park. 15 hours of cycling, 186 miles. (you might not want to do this one all in one day.)
Fun Fact: Highland Park is so far north that it is actually closer to Oslo than London.
Speyside Whisky - Sunday 6th August
A tour of the heavy hitters of Speyside. Departing from the Cairngorm resort of Aviemore, a 2-and-a-half -hour cycle through the Cairngorms is rewarded with a visit to Tamdhu distillery. Then on to Craigellachie, The Macallan, The Glenrothes and ending with a visit to Glen Moray in beautiful Elgin. 4 hrs 30 mins of cycling, 55 miles
Fun Fact: Tamdhu is the only Scotch distillery to mature all their whiskies solely in Oloroso sherry casks.
West Coast Whisky - Tuesday 8th August
Starting in the gorgeous town of Oban, visit their eponymous distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, before catching the ferry across to the Isle of Mull where you’ll find Tobermory distillery. Another ferry brings you back to the mainland, where Ardnamurchan distillery awaits. 4 hours & 40 mins of cycling and ferries. 47 miles.
Fun Fact: Oban distillery predates the town of Oban.
Islay Whisky - Saturday 12th August
Beginning at the Port Ellen ferry point, we travel the short distance between smoke-bombs Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig, before traveling north to Bowmore, Bruichladdich and Kilchoman. You can then catch the ferry to the mainland from Port Askaig on the west coast of the island. 4 hours of cycling. 45 miles.
Fun Fact: Port Ellen used to have its very own distillery. Now closed, whiskies made there are very hard to come by.
Arran Whisky - Sunday 13th August
Brodick ferry terminal is the start and end point of this scenic coastal route around the Isle of Arran. Visit Arran’s Lochranza distillery to see where their Arran single malt and Robert Burns whisky is made, before heading south to their second distillery of Lagg. You can stop off to see the seals on the west coast of the island on the way! 5 hours 20 mins of cycling, 56 miles.
Fun Fact: The construction of the distillery was briefly halted to allow two golden eagles to nest in the surrounding Lochranza hills. These eagles have now become a well-loved part of the distillery - they can often be seen flying overhead.
See you there!