Spirits are high as Scotland’s iconic drink is celebrated as part of the Homecoming Scotland celebrations - with the Whisky Month programme launching on Friday (May 1).
The programme celebrates the traditional and contemporary aspects of whisky through a wide range of events - from musicals and smugglers walks to cookery and a rare whisky auction.
The starting point for the month long festival, and a must for any journey of discovery into Scotland’s Whisky, is the refurbished Scotch Whisky Experience opened by the First Minister Alex Salmond MSP on 1st May. Friday also sees the First Minister attending the Gala Dinner launching the specially extended Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival which will this year conclude in a spectacular Homecoming finale, Saturday 9th May, taking place on the banks of the Spey in Aberlour.
The middle of the month,16th &17th May, sees the distilleries that make up the dramatic Whisky Coast come together in the stunning grounds of Inveraray Castle in the brand new Spirit of the West. Sign up for sessions with the master distillers, cooking demonstrations from Nick Nairn and the top chefs from the West Coast. Feast on the freshest local produce and experience the culture and heritage of the region through a programme of music, dance and unique entertainment. Be quick to pick up tickets for the sumptuous Burns Ceilidh Dinner at the castle on the Saturday night!
For a full listing of events on the Whisky Month programme visit the Homecoming Scotland 2009 website.