Spirit of Speyside launches preview of 2024 events - including a helicopter flight with Glenfarclas and the opening of Dunphail distillery

One of the world’s largest whisky festivals will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year when over 85 venues open their doors on May 1.

Published 25th Jan 2024
Updated 24 th Jan 2024

The preview of events for The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2024 launches today (25 January) when the world celebrates Robert Burns with a dram, giving attendees a few days to peruse over 650 events before ticket sales officially open at 12pm on the 31 January.

Celebrity chef and whisky fan Tony Singh helped launch the prestigious festival by heading to The Glenlivet in Speyside and naturally celebrated with a dram.

Of this year's festival, he said, “This is one of the best whisky festivals globally and I’m looking forward to coming back with my family in May to go to some of the events.

"Having recently invested in a cask, I must confess – I'm head over heels for a good malt or blend, especially when it's a delightful addition to my culinary creations. So, what better day than Burns birthday to toast the festival launch.”

Speyside is home to over 50 distilleries and is the largest whisky producing region in Scotland.

As well as being the 25th anniversary of the Spirit of Speyside Festival, 2024 also marks the 200th anniversary of many Speyside distilleries. These include The Macallan, The Glenlivet, Miltonduff, Cardhu and Balmenach.

Spirit of Speyside 2024
Picture: George McNeil, chair of Spirit of Speyside, Sarah Burgess, vice chair and chef Tony Singh

From history makers to newcomers, the distilling story continues as the Festival welcomes brand new distillery Dunphail, who will be opening its doors to Festival goers for the first time this year.

With 19 villages and towns taking part, the festival provides a huge boost to the local economy attracting thousands of visitors each year, with almost 40% of them coming from overseas, 20% from the local area and the rest from all corners of the UK.

George McNeil, chair of The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said; “It’s incredible to think this is the 25th year of the festival and it continues to grow in size and stature.

"The distilleries in Speyside that take part make it a truly unique festival. It’s a chance for visitors to immerse themselves in the whisky world with world-class experiences, behind the scenes tours, visit distilleries that don’t normally open their doors to the public and enjoy a few days in this beautiful part of the world.

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"I think this year will be our biggest and best yet so would encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Events to look out for

  • The Spirit of Speyside Festival Ceilidh at The Macallan
  • The Ultimate Whisky Flight which includes a helicopter tour with Glenfarclas
  • Auchroisk Distillery Through The Decades Tour
  • Whisky Detectives with Glenlivet Hill Trek
  • Speyburn After Hours
  • OurWhisky Foundation House Party at The Dowans Hotel
  • The Beginning; Celebrating the Opening of Dunphail Distillery

Spirit of Speyside 2024 ticket information

Previews for ticket sales go live at 12pm on 25 January

Launch of ticket sales is live at 12pm on 31 January

To find out more and buy tickets, visit the Spirit of Speyside website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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