According to historic excise legislation, Highland malt whiskies are distilled north of a line stretching between Greenock on the Firth of Clyde in the west and Dundee on the Firth of Tay in the east. This Highland whisky region is home to various highland whisky distilleries making disparate styles of highland single malt whisky. The Highland whisky region whiskies range from dry to sweet and some have notes of smoke and peat. The Highlands is by far the largest of all the whisky producing regions and offers you the greatest variations of style. You will find some of the best known distilleries in this region.On the mainland in the Western Highlands there are only a few distilleries. If there was a common character shared by West Highland whiskies it is they tend to have a sweet start and dryish finish. The character of the far North Highland malts are greatly influenced by the local soil and the coastal location of the distilleries.