The number of boozy events in Scotland seems to grow and grow each year, so here’s a round-up of the events you’ll want to be attending in 2017:
The National Whisky Festival of Scotland – 28 January, Glasgow
The year kicks off with Scotland’s newest whisky festival. Taking place as part of Celtic Connections, the National Whisky Festival of Scotland takes place on the banks of the River Clyde, offering drams, in-depth masterclasses, and top live music.
The Whisky Show: Old & Rare – 18 & 19 February, Glasgow
The Whisky Exchange brings The Whisky Show north of the border for the first time, offering the chance to learn about the world of fine, rare and antique single malts and spirits.
North Hop – 25 Feb, Aviemore; 14 & 15 Apr, Aberdeen; 16 & 17 June, Glasgow; Edinburgh TBC
North Hop returns this year, after a successful roll-out across Scotland in 2016. Featuring craft beer, gin, rum, cocktails, and food, the events will be popping up across the country in 2017, with some dates still to be confirmed.
Tales of the Cocktail – 1-4 April, Edinburgh
Coming to Scotland following successful stops in Vancouver, Buenos Aires and Mexico City, Tales of the Cocktail hits Edinburgh this April. With four days of seminars, tastings and networking, alongside nightly events, the event will give attendees to explore the city’s unique cocktail culture.
Whisky Month – May
May is when whisky’s flagship events take place, including:
Scottish Juniper Festival – 2-4 June, Edinburgh; 9 & 10 June, Glasgow
Tying in with World Gin Day, the Scottish Juniper Festival will be returning to Edinburgh’s Summerhall this June, showcasing the best gins from Scotland and beyond. Last year, there was also a Glasgow event and hopefully this’ll return in 2017 too.
Fyne Fest – 2-4 June, Cairndow
From small beginnings, Fyne Ales’ annual Fyne Fest has become a firm staple in the Scottish beer festival calendar. Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Fyne, the event is a three day celebration of the best beer, food and music that Scotland has to offer.
Whisky Fringe – August TBC, Edinburgh
Each year, this event sells out in less than five minutes, so I recommend you don’t go…mainly so I can lay my hands on a load of tickets! The first whisky event I went to and still the best, Royal Mile Whiskies never fail to please with Scotland’s best whisky event.
Glasgow’s Whisky Festival – 11 November, Glasgow
From small beginnings, the Glasgow Whisky Festival is now so big that it takes places at Scotland’s national stadium each November. As with many events later in the year, plans are still under wraps but should be announced in the coming months.
Craft Beer Revolution – November TBC, Edinburgh
Last year’s inaugural event was a complete sell out, with 13 of the coolest breweries offering 60 beers from across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Its return isn’t yet 100% confirmed, but as I never got the chance to attend, hopefully plans for 2017 will be revealed soon.