It's the whisky festival that attracts Scotch aficionados from all the world – the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, with over 500 events, takes place from April 27 to May 2.

Programme highlights include History of the Highball with whisky legend Sarah Burgess, an evening not to be missed with Glen Moray’s Iain Allan at Elgin Cathedral, and one-of-a-kind experiences at several distilleries not usually open to the public including Dufftown, Tamdhu and Tamnavulin.

Festival chairman George McNeil said: “We have an impressive range of events on offer, with some stellar new additions to the 2022 programme including an eclectic amalgamation of Star Wars and whisky tasting in memory of Brett Ferencz – known to many as the Scotch Trooper – with 25% of ticket sales going towards cancer research.

“The last few years have been difficult for everyone and as we begin to return to normality, I know that the many partners and people who help to bring the festival to life are gearing up to welcome people from all over the globe to Speyside.

“I hope to see people from far and wide joining us to celebrate the world’s largest producing whisky region – from whisky novices, budding master blenders and everyone in between.”

From tastings and ceilidhs to distillery tours and an auction, the festival is fantastic celebration of Scotland’s national drink.

People can also explore the Malt Whisky Trail, which comprises eight Speyside distilleries – Benromach, Cardhu, Dallas Dhu, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, and Strathisla – and Speyside Cooperage.,