SCOTLAND has traditionally been known across the globe for producing the finest whiskies – but did you know it’s also the UK’s biggest gin producer?
70 per cent of gin created in the UK is made in Scotland and the drink’s history dates back to the 1700s, when Dutch Jenever reached the port of Leith.
It quickly gained popularity and Scottish distilleries started making their own versions. Over the years, gin has seen peaks in popularity, but right now is definitely the golden age of Scottish gin.
There are dozens of distilleries from Shetland to the borders, each offering their own twist on “mother’s ruin”. From internationally renowned brands to small boutique distilleries that create small batches, you can visit many of them and take part in tastings and even gin schools, where experts teach you the best ways to enjoy different varieties of gin.
You can also take home special bottles from the distilleries’ gift shops – a perfect gift for the gin lover in your life (or just for yourself!).
And with new distilleries opening every year (as well as existing brands branching out), there’s plenty of choice and no shortage of places to visit to find the next must-have Scottish gin.
Explore our map above to find out more.