A WHISKY distillery found on the North Coast 500 route has been named Scotland's Leading Distillery Tour 2024 at the World Travel Awards (WTA).

At a ceremony dubbed "the Oscars of tourism", The Singleton of Glen Ord Distillery - located in Muir of Ord - claimed the top prize,  further cementing the Highlands' reputation as one of Scotland’s top whisky tourism destinations.

The tour at Singleton of Glen Ord, which re-opened its doors in 2022, was created to "honour the slow-crafted single malt and its history, and give locals and tourists an immersive experience".

The distillery is accessible by bus or train from Inverness, and works closely with suppliers from around the area to provide visitors with local produce.

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The Malt to Cask Tour offers visitors a chance to explore onsite drum maltings, sneak a glimpse into the bonded warehouse, and even taste the award-winning malt straight from the cask. 

The Singleton Distillery Tour is a guided introduction to the process to the superior malt, plus a tasting of three unique expressions; as well as a circular bar and deli area known for hosting Singleton Sessions with local musicians and showcasing the very best of Scotland’s larder.

Leigh Aitken, brand home manager at the distillery, said: “To be named as Scotland’s Leading Distillery Tour by one of the biggest tourism award bodies in the world is such an honour. As an official partner of the North Coast 500, and one of the closest single malt distilleries to Inverness we look forward to welcoming even more people into the Highlands to try out our award-winning whisky experiences.

“Scotland is famous for our unmatched larder, scenery, and of course whiskies and in particular has so to come out on top of this category is testament to the versatile offering we have here, thanks to our team of whisky experts, bartenders, and local suppliers who each give us that extra something special.”

The Singleton Distillery was also named Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Scotland and World Whiskies Awards 2024 in December last year.