Spirit of the West - 16th - 17th May 2009

The Whisky Coast, Scotland’s west coast whisky trail, presents
Spirit of the West”, a spectacular weekend event on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2009 at Inveraray Castle, ArgyllshireSpirit of the West is part of the year long Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations and is a key feature of its “Whisky Month” in May.  The ticketed two day event will be a celebration of Scotland’s west coast whisky, fine food, history, heritage, rich culture and dramatic scenery in which it is created.


  • Meet the master distillers from the 16 distilleries on the Whisky Coast
  • Enjoy top-notch cookery demonstrations and cook-offs from some of the west coast’s top chefs!
  • The amazing Red Hot Chilli Pipers will have you rocking on your feet! (Saturday)
  • Be wowed by the culinary skills of Scotland's top celebrity chef - Nick Nairn! (Sunday)
  • Indulge in fine food and whisky!
  • See the work of west coast craftsmen and artists
  • Trace your family roots!
  • Learn about the history and heritage of the West Coast
  • A array of talent showcasing music, dance and drama

Eat Drink and Be Merry! Please note that this website will be constantly updated as the programme of events throughout the weekend are updated. If you would like to register for up-to-date information, please click here…

Whisky at Spirit of the WestSpirit of the West presents a unique opportunity to meet the master distillers, producers and ambassadors of malts from The Whisky Coast. Meet the key people in the industry, sample limited edition whiskies, new releases and learn more about the wonderful world of west coast whisky. Our masterclasses are priced at £10 each and cater for up to 50 people per session. Each masterclass will last approximately one hour.

The masterclasses can be booked in advance, or at the festival, space permitting. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

The full programme of masterclass events will be released in February 2009. If you would like to be kept up to date with the forthcoming programme and would like to reserve a space,
please click here…

The Burns Ceilidh DinnerA Dram(a) Good Ceilidh
The Burns Ceilidh Dinner
Join us against the stunning backdrop of Inveraray Castle for what will be an entertaining evening, celebrating Scotland’s best loved Bard and the wonderful world of west coast whisky.
The Burns Ceilidh Dinner is a black-tie affair and guests will indulge in a sumptuous 4-course ‘Burns Supper’, enjoy whisky anecdotes from our after dinner speaker, bid for fantastic items in the charity auction and of course, dance the night away with our fantastic Ceilidh band – Ceilidh Minogue.
Seats are offered at £65 each or a table of ten for £600.00.
Please click here if you would like to make a reservation, or require further information.

The Best of Scottish Culture
World of Whisky
World of Whisky
Fine Food
Fine Food
Glorious Golf
Glorious Golf
Historic Heritage
Historic Heritage
Ticket Information Nick Nairn Masterclass - Appearing on 16th May 2009
Homecoming Scotland