Dornoch Whisky Festival 28-30 October 2016 Launches

Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 Launches

The hectic whisky schedule of summer is finally over, the mad glut of whisky festivals have finished, and there is nothing to do now but wait until Christmas and see what exciting new bottles Santa may bring you, but wait, what’s this, there’s another whisky festival in October.

That’s right a  brand new exciting whisky festival, up in Dornoch, within the picturesque Highlands, with exciting events, such as opening dinners, distillery visits and tastings, independent tastings and a gala festival, yes you read that right, it’s a festival within a festival what more could you want?

Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 with view.
Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016 with view.

Having held its inaugural event last year, the local distilleries of GlenmorangieBalblair, The Dalmore, Glen Ord, Clynelish and Old Pulteney have again teamed up with Dornoch  venues to provide an exciting menu of activities for an autumn Whisky Festival, held over a late October weekend break.

Charles Maclean
Charles Maclean

Charles Maclean a well known whisky writer and taster, who starred in the film The Angels Share, based in the local Balblair Distillery will feature in several festival events, and in true star fashion will be hosting a unique opening event  on Friday 28th where Charlie will lead a welcome tasting, with many an amusing anecdote, prior to the viewing ‘The Angel’s Share’ in Balblair!

Charlie will also be hosting  dinner at Links House and taking a master class in the new Carnegie Whisky Cellars, based in the former Courthouse.

The Dalmore Masked Dinner will be held at the Royal Golf Hotel and the Glenmorangie Gala Dinner at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, which celebrates 400 years of golf in 2016.

The award winning Whisky Bar in the Castle will host an ‘Old and Rare Balblair Tasting’ and on Saturday 29th there will be a grand

Gala Whisky Festival, Dornoch Castle Hotel
Gala Whisky Festival, Dornoch Castle Hotel

Gala Whisky Festival, with an exclusive Chocolate and Whisky Pairing Masterclass, places are extremely limited and entrance will be via a raffle draw, with Charles Maclean drawing the winning tickets, you will find the tickets in the complimentary goody bags, alongside your festival glencairn, pen, floor layout and other items.

This star of the Festival, the gala tasting will be one event you do not want to miss and you can book tickets here at a cost of £25 per person to be held at the Dornoch Castle Hotel followed by Ceilidh and Barbeque.

Throughout the weekend master classes and distillery tours will be run, including a unique chance to visit the Teaninich Distillery, which is usually closed to the public!

There is also an archaeological guided tour of the site of the 300 year old Muchraich Distillery on the Black Isle.

A golf competition on Royal Dornoch, currently rated the 5th best course in the world by Golf Digest, rounds off, what promises to be a jam packed weekend  and will put the Dornoch whisky Festival firmly on the map of “must see” whisky events. festivities.

As you can see there really is something for everyone and tickets for these events are bound to sell out quickly so don’t hang around.  For further information on the festival events, and book tickets, then check out the Dornoch Whisky Festival Website here and the Facebook page here.

For more information on Dornoch itself and fun things to do, take a look at this article here, on the Visit Dornoch website.

Also watch this space, as we bring you in depth news of events from the distilleries that are running them, and speak to Dornoch businesses and bring you the reasoning behind the festival!

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