The Scotland Gin Trail: Continued

As we continue on our tour of the Scotland Gin Trail, there are another 6 stops. Distilleries range from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth all the way up to Dunnet Bay, which (as you will see below) lies almost at the very edge of Scotland’s most Northerly shores.

Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Perhaps one of the most established names on the list is Edinburgh Gin. When visiting the website, you really get the impression that there are a lot of gin-thusiasts behind this brand. The Distillery operates an underground operation below the bustling streets of EH1 and visitors are encouraged to enter ‘down the rabbit hole’ to discover the hedonic delights of Edinburgh Gin operations. Make sure to visit their bar – Heads and Tales (a clever twist on elements of the distillation process) to sample the finished product, with the botanicals infused creating a “curious playground for the palate”.

edinburgh

Hotel: The Glasshouse Hotel

Glasgow Distillery

From the Glasgow Distillery comes Makar Gin, produced in small batches from their resident copper gin still – Annie. The Makar title hails from the Scots word for poet and the gin, infused with seven harmonising botanicals, is sure to leave visitors lamenting the taste. Records show that the Glasgow Distillery was founded in 1770 but Makar was first released in 2014 in response to the Craft Gin Revolution. With such heritage behind it, the Makar journey looks to emanate this longevity.

Hotel: Blythswood Square Hotel

Dunnet Bay Distillery, Caithness

Nestled in a quiet village deep in the Highlands of Scotland is Dunnet Bay Distillery. The brainchild of Martin and Claire, and not forgetting one-eyed dog George, is brought to life by their team of ‘production wizards’ who oversee the process, including both a gardener and bottler. Dunnet Bay’s highly acclaimed Rock Rose Gin is flavoured with botanicals such as rose root and sea buckthorn that thrive in the chillier Northern climate. Sea buckthorn contains 15 times more Vitamin C than an orange so (while we can’t promise anything) perhaps a sip of Rock Rose would prove a remedy to rival the Hot Toddy. Word on the Rock Rose Twitter is that gin-infused passion fruit chocolates are now available, handcrafted by artisan chocolatiers Caithness Chocolate. Now you have two reasons to head North!

Hotel: Inver Lodge Hotel & Chez Roux

dunnet

Gin 71

Cupcake palace by day, gin emporium by night, Gin 71 is located in stunning interiors of De Quincy building in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. A dedicated gin bar, the Gin 71 masterminds have devised ingenious twists on classics, including teapots filled with gin cocktails (take a look below) and gin-based sangria so even seasoned gin drinkers have the opportunity to try something new.

Hotel: Blythswood Square Hotel

gin71

Firkin Gin and The Jolly Botanist, Edinburgh

The small batch produced Firkin Gin is not even a year old yet has made quite an impact in high-end bars the world over. Quadruple distilled and sitting at 46% ABV, visitors will instantly notice something slightly unusual about this gin. Matured in American oak whisky casks, the wood lends its golden colour to the spirit contained within, resulting in a stunningly burnt-orange hued liquid. Thanks to both clever alchemy and the ability of Firkin to spot an opportunity, a limited-edition Islay gin has been released using casks from the famously smoky Lagavulin Distillery, inspiring curiosity from die-hard Islay whisky fans and non-whisky drinkers alike.

As the Distillery is not yet open to the public, the full range of Firkin Gin as well as all the others on this tour can be sampled at The Jolly Botanist, an award-winning gin bar in central Edinburgh.

Hotel: The Glasshouse Hotel

firkin

Strathearn Distillery

Cited as Scotland’s smallest gin distillery, Strathearn is located near the village of Methven in Perthshire. Scotland’s Young Distiller of the Year, 22-year-old Zak Shenfield, oversees, designs and distils all Strathearn’ s spirits. When adding tonic, the Heather Rose Gin turns a dusky pink hue and creates a prosecco-like, delicate character. Definitely one to watch. The Distillery also offers a four-hour gin extravaganza taking visitors on a magical insight into production. With six gins available to taste, your Little’s chauffeur will be waiting for you at the end of your tour to safely transport you on to your next destination.

Hotel: The Gleneagles Hotel

strathearn

Little’s expert tour designers can handcraft an itinerary built to include all gin distilleries and bars that you may wish to visit during your time in Scotland. Now in our 50th year of business, we have gained unrivalled knowledge of Scotland and the hidden gems located within this beautiful country. To speak to our team of experts then please contact tours@littles.co.uk or call +44 (0) 141 883 2111. Alternatively, you can view our sample itineraries here for a taste of what your tour could include.

Little’s – Celebrating 50 Years in 2016