A brand new festival is arriving in the Isle of Skye this summer.
The Spirit of Skye brings together Scotland’s finest whisky, gin, beer, music and food, the organisers say.
Isle of Skye Distillers, Crossbill Gin, Isle of Skye Brewery, Talisker, Diageo, R&B Distillers, Strathearn Distillery and Harris Gin are among the well-known names set to take part in the 2017 Festival which is taking place at Aros in Portree.
Tickets go on sale on Friday April 7 at 9am - and they will allow you to celebrate summer as you relax and enjoy the delicious drink, the fantastic food and the vibrant music from this island voted 'most desirable place to live' in Britain in 2016.
Festival organisers say: “The Spirit of Skye offers a great chance for you to meet, greet and learn from the whisky, gin and craft beer masters and sample the best drams, cocktails and brews in Scotland.”
While Skye is most famous for Talisker whisky, the Spirit of Skye will bring together new partners to champion the region’s food and drink. Masterclasses will offer the chance to try some exceptional whisky, gin and beer, learn about pairing whisky with food, join a mixology session using botanical gin, enjoy cocktail making demonstrations and watch one of Scotland’s finest chefs in a cookery demonstration using the freshest local produce with premium quality spirits.
As visitors browse round, they’ll meet Scotland’s drinks industry stars, people passionate about their products, including experienced distillery staff and brewers who will talk through their ranges and offer samples. Having sampled, visitors will be able to purchase their favourite bottles from the Aros gift shop to take home.
On Friday night after an afternoon of tastings, visitors will be able to relax with a film in the theatre followed by Live Music in the restaurant.
On Saturday night there will be a delicious hog roast barbecue made with the finest local produce and a traditional ceilidh with 'The World’s Greatest Ceilidh Band' - Jonny Hardie, Ronan Martin, Brian McAlpine and Charlie McKerron.
Big kids and little ones are promised fun and games galore with a family programme of activities including workshops, kids’ kitchen masterclasses and storytelling with Susy Macaulay.
Tickets for the Under-12s are free so the Spirit of Skye festival is the perfect family affair.
With acclaimed music acts, top chef talent and headliners still to be announced, this is an event you won’t want to miss, the organisers say.
(This report replaces an earlier one. We apologise to the organisers for inadvertently giving what they felt was undue prominence to one aspect of the festival in the previous report.)