An in-depth tour of the Speyside and Highland regions of Scotland. Whisky and beer making are the main focus, with plenty of sightseeing, history and culture along the way.
After departing Edinburgh, you will escape the city and head north into the Kingdom of Fife. Here your whisky pilgrimage begins as we visit Lindores Abbey Distillery. You'll learn the whisky making process here, and get to try some of their delicious Aqua Vitae, as they wait for their whisky to mature.
The next stop is the traditional market town of Blairgowrie. There is time to take a walk around and enjoy a local lunch before heading up and over the mountain pass of Glenshee into Royal Deeside. You will enjoy a special warehouse experience at Royal Lochnagar Distillery, followed by a tasting of some absolutely stunning whiskies.
Your journey now continues through the eastern Cairngorms via the The Lecht. This stunning drive follows one of the highest main roads in the UK towards Tomintoul, the self-proclaimed highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and home to the Whisky Castle. You descend to the banks of the mighty River Spey and into Grantown on Spey. Founded in 1766 by Sir James Grant, Grantown on Spey is your home for the next 3 nights.
After a hearty breakfast, it is a short drive to The Glenlivet Distillery to kick off your Wednesday morning. The guides at Glenlivet will be taking you on a private tour before letting you sample some amazing distillery exclusives.
You can then enjoy a delicious lunch in the restaurant at Glenfiddich Distillery (matched with a wee dram if you like) before we continue on to the fascinating Speyside Cooperage. Here you will get an insight into the often-forgotten art of the cooper – the people responsible for the casks used by the distilleries.
Our final stop of the day is Aberlour Distillery where we have arranged a very special tasting to finish your first day exploring Speyside.
Our third day begins by heading to Cardhu Distillery. Carhu was the first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman. You’ll hear Cardhu’s fascinating story, take a tour through the distillery and, of course, enjoy a fantastic tasting.
We’ll continue north to Glen Moray Distillery where we’ll have a relaxed lunch and informal tasting.
Our journey takes us on a scenic drive along the back roads to Glendronach Distillery. You will now be in the Highland Whisky region and, after a warm welcome and look around, three outstanding Highland drams await you.
We will do our best to pop into the brand new Macallan Distillery Visitor Centre on our return to Grantown-on-Spey. It’s a striking piece of modern architecture, that shouldn’t be missed. Then it’s time to relax, have some dinner and get a good night’s sleep in anticipation of tomorrow.
Today's tour starts with a back road drive along the northern bank of the River Spey, followed by a visit to Glenfarclas Distillery. This is one of the last independent, family-owned distilleries in Scotland and we have arranged a very special tour and extended tasting for you to enjoy, the perfect way to end our time in Speyside.
Depending on the weather we will have lunch in Aviemore, the beating heart of the Cairngorm National Park or at the Highland Folk Museum.
You will now return south and say farewell to Speyside, continuing through Drumochter Pass towards the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Straddling the River Tay, this village boasts a cathedral, smokehouse, great pubs and an incredible history. With time to explore the town, walk by the river or simply relax in a beer garden this makes for the perfect last stop before crossing the Highland line and returning to the Lowlands and back to Edinburgh we say farewell with fond memories and new friends.
** Due to various reasons (weather, closures and special events) it may not always be possible to visit all distilleries mentioned. Please be aware that, if this is the case, we will ensure that suitable alternatives are found.
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Speyside Whisky and Beer Tour
Prices, Dates & What's Included:
Departure Time: Edinburgh 08.00am
Return Time: Edinburgh 18.00pm (approx)
Departure Point: Cafe Nero, 1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE.
Departs: Tuesdays: from 23rd April to 15th October
*No departure on 30th April
Prices Per Person (including accommodation)
B&B Double/Twin Room Price £650 (GBP)
B&B Single Room Price £735 (GBP)
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**children are not permitted on this tour. See below for more price notes