Scottish whisky distilleries: 13 hotels perfect to spend a night at following a tour and a tasting

There will be no need for a designated driver to take you home after a distillery tour if you stay at these great hotels.

These are the perfect hotels to retire to after enjoying a tasting at one of Scotland's famous whisky distilleries.

Scotland’s whisky distilleries are open to visitors again and – given the current restrictions on overseas travel – there’s the opportunity to enjoy a tour without having to brave the usual groups of foreign tourists.

The only problem is that after touring the distillery and learning how the whisky is made it’s essential to taste some of the product itself, making it impossible to drive.

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The simple solution is to stay at a hotel nearby, letting you enjoy the fruits of the distiller’s labour without worrying about how to get home.

The beautiful Glenan Lodge Guest House is just four minutes' walk away from the Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre, the highest-rated distillery tour on TripAdvisor.

Here are the best hotels to stay at near 13 of Scotland’s most highly-rated distillery tours according to TripAdvisor.

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The Victorian grandeur of the Columba Hotel in Oban is less than 500 feet away from Oban Distillery - one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, established by brothers Hugh and John Stevenson in 1793.

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There's no shortage of accomodation in Pitlochry, but the Dundarach Hotel offers stunning views over the River Tummel and a four minute walk to the Blair Athol Distillery - the spiritual home of Bell's Whisky established in 1798.
The five star West Highland Way Hotel is just outside Glasgow and under two miles away from Glengoyne Distillery - one of Scotland's most photogenic distilleries which offers you the chance to make your own individual whisky to take home.
Gairnshiellodge enjoys views over the picturesque River Gairn and is just six miles away from the Royal Lochnagar Distillery - the tiny distillery neighbouring Balmoral Castle on the banks of the River Dee, which was awarded its Royal Warrant in 1848 when Prince Albert visited.
The Woodside Hotel, in the charming village of Doune, is a great base for exploring nearby Stirling and is less than half a mile from Deanston Distillery, which started life in 1785 as a cotton mill and was transformed into a distillery in 1966.
Eight Acres Hotel and Spa sits in eight acres of manicured grounds near the centre of Elgin and just a short walk from the Glen Moray Distillery, which sits on the banks of the River Lossie and has been making single malt whisky since 1897.
The Crieff Hydro is set in a 900-acre estate with a Victorian spa, 9-hole par 3 golf course and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities. It's also less than a mile from Glenturret Distillery which, founded in 1775, is Scotland's oldest working distillery.
The Station Hotel, in the centre of pretty Aberfeldy, is perfectly situated for cafes, bars, shops and restaurant. More importantly, a 15 minute walk takes you to Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, where the Dewar family have been making their best-selling whiskies since 1898.
Highland Park House, on Orkney's Mainland, is an impressive Victorian mansion filled with antique furniture that is less than 10 minutes' drive from Kirkwall town centre. It's also a short stroll from the 18th century Highland Park Distillery founded by Magnus Eunson, a direct descendant of the Vikings who first made their home on Orkney over 1,000 years ago.
Glasgow's luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel enjoys stunning views over the Clyde and a five minute walk down the mighty river takes you to the Clydeside Distillery, the first dedicated single malt Scotch whisky distillery to be opened in over 100 years, in a former pumphouse in the Queen's Dock.
The pretty pastel-painted Tobermory Hotel, in the centre of the picturesque Mull village, is only around 100 yards away from the Tobermoray Distillery, which was was founded in 1798.
Home to its own museum, micro-brewery, and award-winning whisky bar and restaurant, Syke's Sligachan Hotel is just eight miles from the famous Talisker Distillery.

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