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Getting Into The “Spirit” of The Inverness Whisky and Gin Festival

It’s that time of year again. Time to taste a tipple and dabble in a few drams. All this week, Inverness will be welcoming all those who share our passion for good food, great drink and exceptional company in a 5-day celebration of Scotland’s finest whisky and craft gin. In other words, it’s time for the Inverness Whisky and Gin Festival.

Barrels of distilled whiskeyMastering The Malt

Set in various venues across the city, you can enjoy an array of Fringe Events and Masterclasses throughout the festival. Learn how to pair exquisite malts with delicious cheeses. Explore the history of Scottish whisky through tastings, music and song. And master the malt with special guests and masterclasses from the guardians of some of Scotland’s finest distilleries – John Campbell from Laphroaig, Scott Fraser from Tomatin and Tony Reeman Clark from Strathearn.

The Big Day Out

Whisky drams on a whisky barrel for tastingFinally, when it comes to mastering the malt, all roads lead to The Big Day Out – the penultimate event and grand finale of the Inverness Whisky and Gin Festival. So on the 22nd of April, grab your notebook and unleash your spirit of adventure as all exhibitors and distillery experts will be on hand to help you master the single malt, the beautiful blend and the gin-fully smooth spirit of Inverness.

Set on a historic 19th century farm overlooking the Moray Firth, The Big Day Out is your chance to try drams you have only dreamed of, savour gins you never knew existed and rub shoulders with distilling’s crème de la crème. From 12 to 5 pm, exhibitors will be showcasing their wares in all the barns, stables, nooks and crannies throughout Bogbain. Fired Up will be providing a Pop Up restaurant to feed your need for fine Scottish fayre. Live music and entertainment will keep you going. And busses will ferry you to and from the farm on the whisky and gin adventure of a lifetime.

The Perfect Blend Of Luxury And Decadence

Once all the stalls are packed and the stables are empty, it is time to head back to the Kingsmills Hotel to enjoy your new-found appreciation for the “water of life”. Enjoy a taste of the Highlands with whisky tasting at the Kingsmills Bar, or embark on a Whisky Tour to one of Scotland’s biggest whisky producing regions – Speyside. From peaty blends to smooth single malts, we will help you find a whisky or gin with your name on it.

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