Speyside Whiskey Tour. (the Spirit of Scotland): 4 Days
Experience a tailor-made Speyside whiskey tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
On this tour, you’ll travel the Speyside whiskey trail – home to over half of all the malt Whisky distilleries in Scotland!
Along the way, we’ll visit historic castles, and take in some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in Scotland.
Edradour Distillery Pitlochry
Friends at Cragganmore Distillery
Strathisla Distillery Speyside
Warehouse Glenfarclas Distillery
The Speyside Whiskey Tour is available from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 – Edradour & Royal Lochnagar Distilleries
We’ll begin your Speyside whisky tour at 9am with a journey to the Kingdom of Fife.
If beginning your tour from Glasgow we’ll include a visit to Stirling castle along the way. Beginning your tour from Edinburgh you’ll see the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
Before we reach our first distillery, we’ll visit the historic village of Dunkeld. While here you’ll also have a chance to explore the magnificent 13th-century Cathedral.
Our first whisky stop of your Speyside Whisky tour will be Edradour.
Edradour distillery is one of the smallest and most picturesque distilleries in Scotland. Here you’ll have an in-depth tour of the distillery and a wee dram of Edradour’s finest malts.
Following your first Scottish whisky tour. We’ll stop for lunch at the excellent 17th-century Moulin Hotel. A former coaching inn serving traditional locally sourced food including our haggis.
After lunch, our journey takes us on to Royal Deeside. To get there, we’ll travel through the spectacular Pass of Glenshee, (Gaelic for “Glen of the Fairies”).
Here you’ll visit Royal Lochnagar Distillery. You’ll have a 1-hour tour of the distillery and a wee dram of Lochnagar’s award-winning 12 yr old single malt whiskey.
To end Day one of your Speyside Whisky tour, we travel onto the pretty village of Ballater for the evening.
Day 2 – Distillery & Balvenie Distillery
Our day begins with a leisurely drive through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.
We will be Arriving at the pretty village of Tomintoul. This village is said to be the highest village in the Scottish Highlands.
Today you’ll be visiting the world-renowned Whisky Castle shop. This shop has an extensive selection of over 500 whiskies. Including some of the rarest and highest quality malts.
Continuing on, we visit The Glenlivet Distillery for a complimentary 45 min tour. And of course, a wee dram of Glenlivet single malt whiskey.
From the Glenlivet distillery, we then travel to Dufftown in the heart of Speyside for a light lunch
After lunch, we then head to the Balvenie Distillery for a three-hour in-depth tour.
You’ll start your experience with a coffee and chat. After which, you’ll have a tour of the malt barns, floors Kilns & cooperage.
Of course, your tour will end with a nosing and tasting of the whisky. Here you will try four very different malts from first-fill and refill-fill casks.
Leaving Balvenie, we will spend the next two evenings on Speyside.
Day 3 – Stathisla & Benromach Distillery
Today, you will pay a visit to the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands – Stathisla. whisky has been made here, first hand since 1786!
From here, we will continue your Scottish whisky tour. We’ll be traveling north to visit Johnstons Cashmere Woollen Mill. Then onto the magnificent 13th century Elgin Cathedral before stopping for lunch.
After lunch in the picturesque town of Elgin, we then travel to Benromach Distillery. Here, you will uncover the secrets behind creating Benromach’s beautiful malts.
If time permits, we can visit Dallas Dhu Distillery. We will then make our way back to your accommodation on Speyside.
Day 4 – Dalwhinnie distillery & Blair Atholl Distillery
Today we leave Speyside and travel south.
We’ll make a stop at the pretty village of Carrbridge to view its most famous landmark. The Packhorse Bridge – built in 1717 and the oldest stone bridge in the Scottish Highlands.
We then join the A9 south toward your first Scottish whisky tour of the day at Dalwhinnie Distillery. The highest distillery in Scotland.
At Dalwhinnie distillery, you’ll have a tasting of four classic single malts. Each dram, complemented with specially selected handmade chocolates.
Leaving the Dalwhinnie distillery, we head to Perthshire. You’ll have the option of visiting the impressive 13th century, Blair Atholl Castle. Or you can enjoy a tour of Blair Atholl Distillery at Pitlochry.
We will then drive to the Hermitage Woodland Walk to view the spectacular waterfall.
We then travel back to your accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Speyside Whiskey Trail Tour Highlights:
Cairngorm National Park
Why not extend your tour with a visit to the world famous Whisky Island of Islay. Islay is famous for its more smoky and peaty single malts.
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Information on our group tours of Scotland
Please note that About Scotland are strictly a private tour company and will only cater to your own party.
This means that from the beginning to the end of your tour, you will only ever tour Scotland with the party you initially booked with.
Currently, we will not arrange group tours that include anyone from outside of your own party.
This means that while we'd love to allow single guests or smaller groups to join together and share the cost, we feel that doing so would detract from our goal of providing you with the best private tour of Scotland we can offer.
If you would like to join a group tour, we'd recommend looking at some of the larger coach tours that are available elsewhere.
If you already have your own group organised, we would, of course, be delighted to have the opportunity to arrange your custom Scotland tour.
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