Outside the Speyside area distilling activity is spread more sparsely throughout a wide area which is best split into four main areas in the North, South, East and West. This large area covers on the mainland from Pulteney in the northeast to Oban in the west, to Tullibardine in the south. None of these Highland areas, however, is officially regarded as a region.

If they have any similarities, it is a firm and round dry character with some peatiness.