Off the southwest coast of Scotland lies a collection of small islands that make some of the most distinctive whiskies in the world. Names like Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig are revered by whisky lovers from Japan to New York, from Australia to St Petersburg. Yet those three ancient distilleries are not only on the same island -- Islay -- they are lined up together on a narrow two-mile stretch of coastal road on Islay's southern shore. Nearby, across a 500-meter stretch of water, the island of Jura also produces whisky, a less smoky, more herbal dram from an almost deserted landscape. And nearer to the mainland stands mountainous Arran. This island is also unique in being the only whisky-producing outcrop that makes Highland whisky on its north coast and Lowland on its south. These rugged islands, drenched in mist and buffeted by the roar of the Atlantic, are hugely important to the Scottish whisky industry. And whisky itself is vital for the Scottish economy. In 2019 the country exported 1.3 billion bottles to 175 markets around the world, bringing in £4.9 billion ($6.3 billion).

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