If youâ€™re rather fond of a drink at social occasions, with meals or even as a post-work relaxant, itâ€™s possible that youâ€™ve sampled some of the fine alcoholic beverages that originate in Scotland.
According to trade figures from the Scottish Government, Scotch whisky exports from the UK to the rest of the world in 2017 totaled Â£4.359 billion in 2017 â€” a Â£356 million increase on the year before.
But, although â€˜the water of lifeâ€™ is Scotlandâ€™s most famous alcoholic gift to the world, the nation also produces superb gin and craft beer.
If you visit, youâ€™ll be able to break up time at the bar with cuisine treats at cafes and restaurants, golf at some of the best courses on Earth and strolls through stunning countryside and charming cities like Edinburgh.
If sipping these treats from the source while savoring one of the worldâ€™s most beautiful nations sounds sublime, here are three tips for alcohol tourists in Scotland.
Depending on your departure point, you can reach Scotland from major US airports or with itineraries with layovers in places like Hong Kong and Bangkok.
But one of the best ways to get in a carefree mood for a Caledonian trip is to travel to the airport in your own vehicle â€” itâ€™s far less hassle than unreliable journeys on packed public transport.
Book airport parking from Looking4.com and drop your ride off in a secure space before boarding your flight. Youâ€™ll shimmy towards check-in without a worry in the world, perfectly prepped for your very own highland fling holiday.
There are whisky distilleries dotted all around mainland Scotland and the Highlands and Islands, but Dewarâ€™s distillery tour in Aberfeldy near Perth is a promising first stop, thanks to its location in striking distance of the countryâ€™s busy central belt.
Youâ€™ll learn all about the way Dewarâ€™s whisky has been cleverly marketed worldwide across several generations and taste some terrific blends right from the barrel â€” all in a stunning setting tucked between rolling hills in a verdant valley.
Be sure to travel with a designated driver or book a taxi if youâ€™re sampling the whiskyâ€™s on offer â€” drink driving laws in Scotland are appropriately stringent.
Innis & Gunn
With a wide range of craft beers that includes tasty IPAs and a refreshing small batch lager brewed with naked golden oats, Innis & Gunn is one of Scotlandâ€™s foremost brands for ale aficionados.
And their distinctive pint glasses featuring the iconic stagâ€™s head logo is frequently â€˜liberatedâ€™ from pubs across the land.
You can sample the full range of beers from Innis & Gunn with high-quality bar meals at their beer kitchens in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow â€” but remember that their most popular products are also available at local pubs where theyâ€™re priced slightly more reasonably.
These three tips for alcohol tourists in Scotland are only the tip of a drink-soaked iceberg â€” youâ€™ll find more imbibing inspiration in practically every town and city you visit.
So do a little research, drink sensibly and have the time of your life in bonnie Scotland.
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