Whisky Galore

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Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore hit UK cinemas in May 2017, and filmed on location in Aberdeenshire. The newly-adapted Whisky Galore features settings from Portsoy and Pennan along the Aberdeenshire coast.

Written by Scottish novelist Compton Mackenzie in 1947, Whisky Galore! has become a film favourite over the years and this new release brings back all the splendour of the classic novel. The film, based on true events, depicts the story of an 8,000 ton cargo ship, the ‘SS Politician’, ran aground off the island of Eriskay during gale force winds.

At a time of war rationing, the beaching of this ship sends islanders wild, running rings to hide away cases of precious whisky. The all-star cast includes Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick, George Fisher, Kevin Guthrie and James Cosmo.  

We’re extra excited about the release of this film as it was shot in two of our naturally beautiful and unspoilt coastal villages, Portsoy and Pennan in Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is an excellent choice for whisky fans.  Visitors can get right up close to traditional skills in rural settings among picturesque villages, wooded hills, expansive coastlines and rolling fields. This area is home to the "Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire", produced by a cluster of distilleries dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the likes of Ardmore, Glen Garioch, Glenglassaugh - to name just a few - find out more about our whisky distilleries here.

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