Friday 4th & Saturday 5th April 2014

Whisky Fun in the Highlands of Scotland. One of Scotland's most vibrant whisky festivals with drams, masterclasses, demonstrations, live music and auction.



The Inverness Whisky Festival which took place on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th April 2014 was a fantastic success!

Check out the Whisky Tour page for info on the Friday night activities!

On Saturday, guests arrived at the Inverness Whisky Festival and were given a bottle of Speyside Glenlivet Water, an Inverness Whisky Festival tasting glass, and a notecard. 

We were delighted to welcome along...Tomatin, Glenmorangie, Springbank, Glenfarclas, Balblair, Glen Ord, Bruichladdich, Glen Moray, Benromach, Kilchoman, Talisker, Lagavulin, Gordon and MacPhail, Cragganmore, Cardhu and Clynelish! The Whisky Shop were also there offering a special sampling from one of their own casks and doing bottling on the day.

Darach Gifts were back with some of their fantastic whisky barrel furniture, along with Wooden Tom who showcased some of his bespoke whisky tumblers and wood carving machinery.


Darach Gifts displaying their whisky barrel candle (or glass!) holders.

Darach Gifts displaying their whisky barrel candle (or glass!) holders.

Masterclasses were available from Glenmorangie, Tomatin and Glen Ord! These were booked on a first come first serve basis so you need to get along early if you want to take part in these!

There were food demonstrations (and food to eat from Prep Catering), whisky related talks, live music in the barn, whisky cocktails and other elements to enjoy throughout the day. This year we were delighted to welcome Alan Bartlett from the Tomatin Distillery who will provided cooperage demonstrations during the day. Festival regular Tom Morton was back with his famous Malt and Barely Revue. The Malt and Barely is an hour-long performance of songs, stories, and poems, all about Scotland and whisky. This year Tom was joined by acclaimed whisky expert Angus MacRaild who was on hand to provide tastings and also value any whisky taken along! There were also signed copies of Tom's new book available for purchase!

The festival closed with some traditional Scottish music courtesy of the wonderful three piece that is Horo.



There was also an auction again this year.  All proceeds were donated to Ardersier Parish Church and The Highland Hospice. A total of £2000 was raised!