A record-breaking dash round 60 of Scotland’s distilleries has gathered a unique whisky collection to be raffled for Just a Drop.

World Whisky Day founder, Blair Bowman, and Just a Drop's Bella Mytton-Mills, successfully completed The Great Whisky Distillery Challenge on Monday 15 May 2017, setting a record for the number of whisky distilleries visited in one day.

During seventeen hours on the road they visited a total of 60 distilleries, beginning at sunrise at the Balblair distillery in Ross-shire and ending at sunset at the Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire.

Bottles were collected from all 56 of the distilleries that bottle their own products, and the entire collection will be raffled as a main prize, with the draw taking place on Friday 2 June. Raffle tickets cost just £1 and can be purchased up until the draw date: https://www.raffleplayer.com/justadrop

The challenge was in support of Just a Drop, which works with communities to deliver accessible, clean, safe water, and health and sanitation programmes to where they are needed most. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the charity.

“It’s was an incredible event,” said Blair. “As far as we are aware, no-one has even attempted to set a record like this before and, despite meticulous planning, there was always a risk that we might not get to all 60 of the distilleries on the day. We couldn’t afford for a single thing to go wrong. It just needed a few tractors or caravans to hold us up and we would have been under pressure.” Blair continued:

All the money raised from the raffle is going to Just a Drop, which brings clean water to some of the poorest communities in the world. The word ‘whisky’ means ‘water of life’ in Gaelic, so it felt like a fitting challenge. We’re hopeful that it will help raise a lot of money for such a deserving cause.

Just a Drop's Bella Mytton-Mills said: The challenge had been set... and what a challenge it was! 60 distilleries in one day, I wondered whether this would even be possible considering the number of miles we would be driving across the Scottish countryside. We started at Balblair Distillery at sunrise, and over the course of the day we were treated to clear blue skies, torrential rain, gale force winds and then scorching sunshine! It was a long day but it was fantastic to be part of the #distillerychallenge team. A well deserved Old Fashioned greeted us upon our sunset arrival (10 minutes ahead of schedule!) at our final distillery in Aberfeldy, where we filled and sealed the final bottle of our whisky collection - which will be raffled for Just a Drop.

The idea for the challenge came from Willie Wallace, who has been running whisky tours in Scotland for 20 years. “It’s been many years in the planning. With the amazing support of the distillers and our other sponsors, we can hopefully make a difference to the fantastic work of Just a Drop. We certainly had fun along the way on the day.”

As Fiona Jeffery OBE, Founder and Chairman of Just a Drop, explained: “The more money raised, the more communities we can support by providing access to one of life's absolute necessities: a supply of clean water, which empowers people to lead healthier, safer and more productive lives, so please dig deep and support this great event.

“As a fellow Scot and founder of a water charity, I also couldn’t be more proud for Just a Drop to be associated with this awesome challenge, as the relationship between water and whisky is so unique.”