The first ever interactive whisky distillery map of the UK has been launched – just in time for World Whisky Day this Saturday 19th May.

The map, which has been created by hotel chain Premier Inn, marks every whisky distillery in the UK that you can visit, all offering tours and trips that detail the fascinating process behind some of the country’s best whiskies.

With a total of 96 distilleries displayed across the UK, it’s the perfect way to discover the country’s rich whisky scene – one dram at a time.

Being able to see every distillery on one map reveals the distinct geographical hotspots of whisky-making in the UK, from the most northernly, Highland Park Whisky Distillery on the Orkney Islands, to the most southernly, Hicks & Healey in Cornwall.

1.23 billion bottles of whisky were exported from Scotland in the last year alone, so it’s no wonder that Scottish distilleries dominate the map – there are 76 different distilleries in total over the border that you can visit.

Amongst these are the two oldest whiskey distilleries in the UK, both Glenturret and Bowmore distilleries claim this title saying to have been founded in 1775 and 1779 respectively.

And while Northern Ireland is also represented as expected, what may come as a real surprise is the growing number of distilleries available south of the border, with a cluster of distilleries in other parts of the UK, from the Penderyn Distillery in Wales to the Isle of White Distillery.

What’s more London is now home to three whisky-makers, the Bimber Distillery, The London Distillery Company and the East London Liquor Company – all relatively new distilleries that are looking to challenge the more established, famous names in Scotland.

Natalie McConnon, Premier Inn spokesperson, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be launching the first interactive whisky distillery map of the UK and hope it will inspire people to explore the history and process behind one of the world’s most popular drinks.

“Tourists come from far and wide to discover Scotland’s whisky heritage, but many of us might not realise the sheer number of distilleries that are dotted up and down this great nation.

“The map will be updated as and when new distilleries or tours pop up, so will serve as a useful resource for whisky-fans throughout the year.”

• You can find the map here: http://bit.ly/UKWhiskyMap

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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