We’ve created a list of links to some of the wonderful people and places we’ve forged friendships with:

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The  Gateway  to  Distilleries  The ultimate photographic guide…presents detailed professional insights into the whisky production of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Europe and Asia.

More than 140 distilleries are illustrated and described in detail by photos and words.

Ernie is a friend of ours.




The Whisky Castle is a world famous whisky shop close to the Tomintoul Distillery and has over 600 malt whiskies. They also have single cask bottlings available from a range of distilleries which were all exclusively bottled for the Whisky Castle.

They offer tutored tastings of a selection of the finest single malts, giving you an insight into the varying cask finishes and wide variety of malts available. There is also an opportunity to purchase bottlings after the tasting.

The tastings are free of charge, and are open to anyone over the age of 18, please mention to the staff MCLEANSCOTLAND/WHISKY TOURS sent you.

You can also enjoy the café offering teas, coffees, light lunches and snacks and a gift shop that you can browse at your leisure with a great selection of Scottish gifts and foods , clothing and unique jewellery



Scott and Sam Ashforth – The Whisky Castle


Special friends Louise & Edgar of Schotland Digizine

It is possible to download the newest issue from their website



In 2014 Robert launched Angels’ Nectar, a new Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, inspired by the Angels’ share. Angels’ Nectar now offers two expressions, the First Edition, a vibrant and fresh dram created from Speyside and Highland malts,

and the new Rich Peat Edition, which oozes a welcoming smoke. In its first year Angels’ Nectar was a finalist in two categories in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards, and the label design won the Scottish Creative Award

for Illustration. Prior to Angels’ Nectar, Robert was Director of Sales and Marketing for Glenfarclas, during which time, keen to encourage others to visit the home of malt whisky, Robert served as a Director of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival for four years.

Whisky Lecturer providing independent whisky nosing and tasting experiences and has also led tours for people with regards to whisky in the Speyside area.

Having worked with Diageo for 23 years he has great experience and knowledge and as well as working part time for University of the Highlands & Islands he am heavily involved in providing the Whisky Schools for MCLEANSCOTLAND.

Vic Cameron, Discerning of Spirits. VC Services


Michael D, Souza, Master Distiller, John Distilleries Pvt Ltd,Goa-INDIA. A good friend of ours offering really good Indian whiskies.



Charlie is our own Whisky Club Patron – we like to keep it in the family.

Has been researching and writing Whisky Books & articles since 1981, he shares hisenthusiasm and knowledge by giving Talks & Tastings around the world, by leading ‘whisky expeditions’ in Scotland and by presenting training programmes and Masterclasses for whisky companies, clubs and individuals.


A website aboot our homeland, mostly based around Caithness in the far north. But we also create bespoke products from recycled whisky barrels.

Ian is a close friend who Paul has stayed with and likes nothing more than buzz about Caithness and Sutherland with Ian taking photos, Ian is so much better than Paul at this.


Home to the Clan Maclean, being almost a “family castle” we have been there so often, it does at times feel like a second home!


Gabe Millar launched TravelDew Social Media, please consider following TravelDew on various social media platforms,


The Whisky Castle has been selling the finest malt whiskies of Scotland from the quaint village of Tomintoul (near the distillery of the same name) for over 100 years. Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and The Whisky Castle is the highest whisky shop in the UK.  With over 500 malt whiskies with many being single cask, independently bottled and from small batches they provide a unique tasting experience from a fantastic selection. Their single malts are personally selected many being non-chill filtered – some of the most unique drams from across Scotland including limited and rare collectables. They also stock some whiskies from distilleries that have closed and also those that have been demolished and lost forever!  Your hosts Sam and Scott, along with their team Maureen, Kirstin and Lauren would be delighted to welcome you to sample some of the finest Scottish malts and gins Scotland has to offer.


Whisky Fix is a company specialising in single malt scotch whisky, located in OBAN on the West Coast of Scotland. As well as being a beautiful part of the world (not far from where Paul was born!), they are within a stones throw of Oban Distillery!

This means you can call into the shop, take a seat, relax by the fire with a dram, or simply wander around, mouth aghast at all the whisky on sale – friends of ours as you would expect!  We visit here on most of our Oban visits , we suggest you do the same, say hello to Euan and James.   Not only all of this, they are arranging a whisky fest!




Holly loves whisk(e)y. She created her own mini “master’s” program to study just a few of the greatest whisk(e)y producers in the world] and has spent a few months in Scotland to start, then Ireland, Kentucky/Tennessee, Japan and Tasmania.

Holly is a friend of ours living in the States, we have shared (and will continue to do so) whisky blogs – here are some “extracurricular” activities to get to know her better…