Get Set For The Great Whisky Distillery Challenge

We’re joining World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman for a record-breaking distillery dash!


On Monday, May 15, Blair Bowman and an intrepid crew will attempt to visit a record-breaking 60 whisky distilleries across Scotland in one day.

Our Great Whisky Distillery Challenge will start at Balblair Distillery in Ross-shire and finish around 17 hours later at Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire. A bottle will be collected from many of the distilleries for a charity raffle, with all proceeds going to international water aid charity, Just A Drop.

“It’s going to be a fantastic event,” said Blair. “As far as we are aware, no-one has attempted to set a record like this before and, despite meticulous planning, there is always a risk that we might not get to all 60 of the distilleries on the day. We can’t afford for a single thing to go wrong. It just needs a few tractors or caravans to hold us up and we will be under pressure.”


Follow The Journey


From our initial departure at 5 am until the final reception around midnight, we’ll be live-tweeting our progress. You can see the list of distilleries we plan to visit on the right.

Follow us at @scotsmagazine and the official Challenge account at  to see the updates, or check in with the hashtag #DistilleryChallenge!


Enter The Raffle


A unique collection of 50 bottles of whisky picked up on the Great Whisky Distillery Challenge will be raffled off as part of World Whisky Day and sent to one lucky winner. Unfortunately, due to the weight of the collection, this can only be sent to UK addresses, but there are plenty of other prizes up for grabs too!

You could also win one of two 4-day whisky tour for two to Speyside from Scottish Routes, and ten copies of The Pocket Guide To Whisky by Blair Bowman & Nikki Welch.

Each entry costs just £1 – all you need to do is click here to get started. The draw takes place on 2 June 2017.

Wish us luck!




Balblair Longmorn
Glenmorangie Benriach
Invergordon Linkwood
Dalmore Inchgower
Teaninich Aultmore
Glen Ord Strathisla
Royal Brackla Glen Keith
Benromach Strathmill
Glentauchers Glenburgie
The Macallan Auchroisk
Glen Moray Speyburn
Miltonduff Glen Grant
Mannochmore Glenrothes
Glenlossie Glen Spey
Craigellachie Glen Elgin
Balvennie Cardhu
Glenfiddich Roseisle
Kininvie Aberlour
Glendullan Mortlach
Gallindalloch Benrinnes
Dufftown Glenfarclas
Allt a’Bhainne Glenlivet
Cragganmore Tamnavulin
Braeval Tormore
Tomintoul Balmenach
Ballindalloch Tomatin
Dailuaine Speyside
Dalmunach Dalwhinnie
Tamdhu Blair Atholl
Knockando Edradour