Whisky Month programme all set for Bladnoch

Locals and visitors to Galloway are invited to toast the arrival of Whisky Month in May - a unique programme of events celebrating the water of life as part of the Year of Homecoming.

The Whisky, Words and Wisdom programme has received £5000 from Homecoming Scotland 2014 and will be taking place in Bladnoch Distillery over four dates in May. Scotland’s most southerly distillery will be joining forces with the owners of Wigtown’s bookshops to celebrate the Spirit of the Lowlands in a month-long Whisky, Words and Wisdom Festival.

The Association of Wigtown Booksellers holds a festival each May welcoming visitors to explore local history, storytelling and literature through the delightful mixture of shops packed to the ceiling with new and second hand titles from the past and present. This year, the year of Homecoming Scotland, the eclectic mix of readings, talks, music and storytelling will combine with a celebration of local food and drink, focusing on whisky or, in the gaelic, Uisge Beatha.

The Bladnoch event is included in 19 funded events throughout the country taking place between 1 - 31 May, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s food, drink, music and culture as part of the Year of Homecoming. It is expected that Whisky Month events will attract a total audiences of 70,000. World Whisky Day will invite everyone to try a dram on 17 May with supporters signing up to host their own events in Scotland and across the globe.

With a diverse range of unmissable whisky events, fantastic festivals, special tours and tastings, Whisky Month invites visitors and locals to sample Scotland’s national drink as well as explore both the traditional and contemporary blend of stories, circumstances, provenance and science behind our vast array of marvelous malts.

Paula McDonald, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “Whisky, Words and Wisdom, a partnership between Wigtown Book Town and Bladnoch Distillery is contributing to the Homecoming Scotland celebrations offering visitors a great opportunity to enjoy Whisky Month at Scotland’s most southerly distillery. Whisky plays an important part in Scottish culture and these events add to the wide spectrum of things to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway this Spring.

“As Scotland welcomes the world with a line-up of global events, including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and Homecoming, this is an incredibly exciting year and these events in rural areas strengthen our offering to visitors from all over the world.”

Fiona Murphie, Association of Wigtown Booksellers, said ;

“As Scotland welcomes the world we would like to invite everyone to Wigtown Spring Festival’s special celebration, a spirited programme of whisky, words and wisdom blended together by Bladnoch Distillery and the booksellers of Scotland’s National Booktown.”

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Whisky is one of Scotland’s most iconic products, one which is enjoyed here at home and across the world in more than 170 countries – and our second Year of Homecoming is the ideal time to encourage more visitors, both international and domestic, to enjoy the very best Scotland has to offer. Homecoming Whisky Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and shine a light on the quality, provenance, traditions and innovations that go into our national drink and I look forward to raising a glass to Scotland’s finest during May’s festivities.”

Caroline Packman, Director of Homecoming Scotland said: “Homecoming is a great opportunity to place the spotlight on our greatest assets, so it’s only fitting that whisky is at the heart of a fantastic month-long variety of events. Whisky Month in May is a perfect time for visitors to come to Scotland and for locals to experience the fantastic range of events right on their doorstep. Whether you prefer an Ardbeg to an Auchentoshen, a Glenlivet to a Glengoyne – Whisky Month 2014 has something for both the novice and the aficionado.”

For further information on the Whisky Month programme and for further information on Homecoming Scotland 2014 visit www.homecomingscotland.com/whiskymonth.

For more information on the Whisky, Words & Wisdom, visit www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk