Malt Map : ​​5 Whisky Regions of Scotland

Just like a New York bagel, it’s the quality of the water that gives whisky its distinct flavour.   Scotland is famous for its fertile landscape where barley thrives and there are five main whisky-producing regions with around 130 whisky distilleries  to discover.


Take a trip to the beautiful highlands to discover a majestic world of moors, coastline and mountains – and Scotland’s largest whisky producing region!  There are 47 distilleries spread across the region, all boasting their own unique style and flavour. Depending on the landscape and the weather, you’ll find a full range of whiskies – from fresh and salty, to grassy, fruity and spicy!


Travel to the Northeast side to Speyside to experience Scotland’s most famous and extensive whisky-producing region. In fact, Speyside is home to at least half of Scotland’s distilleries. With its fertile valley, dry and warm climate and plenitude of water, the flavour of malts from this region are described as sweet, elegant, smoky, and fruity!

Islay ‘whisky island’

Travel to the West coast to the Isle of Islay ‘whisky island’ that is famous for its nine distilleries producing single-malt whisky.  In fact, most people living on this magical island are involved in whisky production. Covered in peat, the characteristics of whisky from this region are often described as distinctively peaty, pungent, smoky and oily – with a hint of the taste of the sea!


On the southernmost part of Scotland near Edinburgh and Glasgow there are said to be over 18 distillers to explore. The Lowlands malt whisky dates back as far as the 18th century and has been through many ups and downs but is now experiencing a revival. The single-malt whiskies from this region are described as soft, smooth, elegant and sweet with light floral notes and very easy to drink.


Situated on the Kintyre peninsula is Scotland’s smallest whisky-producing region. However, while there are only three main distilleries in Campbeltown, it’s a must-visit for serious whisky drinkers.  Whisky from this region is often described as sweet and smoky with notes of sea salt, vanilla, fruit and toffee.


  1. You’ve produced your own gin – the wife loves it! Is it now time for a good Karma single malt whiskey (non peaty) please? To go well in Lake of Menteith, Salford Hall, St Martins …

    1. Wonderful to hear that our Karma Gin has gone down so well! 🙂 And a great suggestion on Karma Whisky! We will definitely pass it on… Happy New Year to you and Mrs. Hathaway! Cheers!

  2. Had a lovely couple of days at Karma Lake of Menteith despite horrendous weather. Watching the storm on the lake at breakfast was amazing. A Burns supper and whisky tasting from Glengoyne distillery down the road was the icing on the cake. Would definitely recommend.

  3. Good afternoon. Interesting article. Can you please tell me where you can try your Karma wine? Thank you in advance.

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