Best Single Malt Whiskies for Burns Night

What's the best way to celebrate Burns Night?

Traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties served by candle light on a tartan dressed table

With Burns Night fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to discuss a national treasure - whisky!Clear your diaries for 25th January to enjoy one of the biggest celebrations in the Scottish calendar.

Whether you’re a scotch connoisseur or a complete newbie to the wonderful world of whisky, we’re here to help you discover your favourite dram.

Join us as we explore the finest Scottish distilleries to plan the perfect Burns Night celebration.

What Is Burns Night?

A bearded man in a kilt performs a toast to The Haggis on Burns Night

A traditional Burns supper is a celebration of the life of Robert Burns — a poet and lyricist who takes the top spot as one of Scotland’s most iconic figures.

Whether you’re planning a wild celebration with friends or a cosy supper with the family, every good Burns Night ends with a dram or three of your favourite single malt whisky.

Every January, the Scottish people gather from far and wide to enjoy an evening of feasting, drinking and dancing.

What Is Scotch Whisky?

A selection of four whiskies for a tasting are arranged on a bar

While the term ‘scotch’ is often thrown around as a generic term to describe whisky in general, we Scots can be quite particular when it comes to what counts as a true scotch.

For a whisky to officially classify as a scotch, it must meet a very specific set of criteria which are set by law. As a result, there are only 133 official scotch distilleries in the world — making each and every bottle incredibly special.

The process of how single malt whisky and scotch is made holds the secret to its unique taste.

Even details like what glass you should drink whisky from, the size of distillery barrels and fermentation techniques are essential to give scotch its unique taste.

Discover the Best Whisky Distillery Tours

If you’re looking to take your whisky tasting to the next level, why not experience the real deal with a guided tour of a distillery?

As the whisky capital of the world, it’s hard to keep track of how many distilleries there are in Scotland. As you travel to the farthest corners of the country in search of the so-called ‘water of life’, you’ll follow the magical story from barley to barrel to bottle.

Discover how Scotland’s unique environment and climate create the perfect conditions to produce a world-renowned taste. Scotland is the ultimate home for whisky lovers with unforgettable guided tours that will leave you wanting more.

Inverness Castle & Whisky Tour

Three large copper stills housed in a glass-fronted building at Glenlivet Distillery

If you’re looking for a light introduction into all things whisky, a day trip tour from Inverness to the world-famous Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery is a must.

Along the way, you’ll take a culture-filled pit stop at the fairytale Brodie Castle and journey through the breathtaking scenery of The Cairngorms National Park.

Enjoy a tutored tasting of Glenlivet’s finest whisky before choosing your favourite bottle or souvenir to take home from the distillery shop.

Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery Tour, Dumgoyne

A guide explaining the whisky making process to visitors at Glengoyne Distillery

Departing from the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, this one-day tour takes you to Stirling Castle and through the impressive landscapes of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The highlight of the trip is arriving at the historic distillery in the small hamlet of Dumgoyne to sample local delights.

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery as you knock back a wee dram of your favourite tipple. Founded in 1833, this quaint distillery offers the true taste of Scotland. 

Grab your spot on a distillery day tour for the ultimate lesson in Scottish single malt.

Islay Whisky Connoisseur Tour

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a whisky expert, why not go the whole hog with a four-day connoisseur tour to the wonderful Hebridean island of Islay.

A waterside view of Lagavulin Distillery showing the whitewashed buildings, red-painted chimney and famous twin-pagodas

Enjoy a fully-immersive experience to discover how decades of tradition and expert knowledge combine to create the ultimate recipe. This is an incredible experience for whisky buffs to brush up on local knowledge and enjoy exclusive access to some of the world’s finest distilleries.

And don’t worry, you’ll have more than enough opportunities to taste your favourite malts for yourself with a tutored tasting from professional distillers.

Celebrate in Style with Scottish Tours

If you’re looking for an unforgettable Burns Night celebration, why not treat yourself to an action-packed adventure with Scottish Tours?

We’re here to help you explore our beautiful country in style with unbeatable pre-planned tours and iconic locations.

Whether it's a one-day trip to a local distillery or a fully-immersive dive into the world of whisky, our award-winning tours make it easier than ever to explore the infinite beauty of Scotland.

Browse available tours and book online today.