The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has announced it will return for its 21st event next year.
The six day festival will return to Speyside from 28 April to 3 May, with plans to be adaptive to any Covid-19 measures in order to go ahead.
Bringing together a variety of whisky companies with local communities and nearly 140 businesses in the region, it claims to be the biggest festival of its kind in the world.
Festival chairman James Campbell said: “The positive news about the coronavirus vaccines has given everyone a boost and it’s great to see some light starting to emerge from what has been a long and very dark tunnel for everyone.
“Our distillers, who have done a great job to keep on working through the pandemic, supporting local communities with much sought after hand sanitiser and in so many other ways, are now working on plans for their events along with our other event providers.
“Even if social distancing is still in place in late April I am confident they will come up with solutions to provide numerous brilliant events and we look forward to giving a very warm Speyside welcome to all of our new and returning UK and international guests in 2021,” he added.
First launched in 1999, the annual celebration of Scotland’s national drink now has a programme of hundreds of whisky-inspired events taking place throughout Speyside – the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland – located in the Moray area in the North-East of the county between Aberdeen and Inverness.
Local businesses and communities help to fund the festival with a voluntary board of directors drawn from key areas of the whisky industry and tourism organisations.