This tour takes you to a Scottish island paradise. Islay is home to stunning scenery, ancient history, traditional culture and nine of Scotland’s finest whisky distilleries.
- Person 18 and over
Travel Into the Heart of Speyside on a Whisky Tour
This is a tour for the whisky lovers! The Speyside whisky region is centered around the River Spey. At 109 miles long, it is the fastest flowing river in Scotland (not to mention one of the great salmon fishing rivers). It’s this river and its tributaries that form the heart of the Speyside region.
Speyside is home to almost half of all the Scottish distilleries. These include the big names of Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallan, as well as lesser-known distilleries such as Craigellachie and Ballindalloch. Those first three alone make up over a third of the entire single malt market. In fact, Speyside distilleries produce over 226 million litres of malt whisky every year.
We depart Inverness and journey to Benromach Distillery. This small, independently owned distillery was founded in 1898 and produces just half a million litres of spirit a year. We then continue south to the Spey. We also enjoy a photo stop at Craigellachie Bridge.
Our lunch stop is at Glenfiddich (own expense). You can try a dram or two at their Malt Barn bar – yum.
It’s a short drive down to the Speyside Cooperage for a chance to see the coopers at work. This is a must-see in Speyside, and you’re sure to be amazed at how fast the men build a cask. Over 150,000 casks are produced or repaired here each year.
Our final stop is Glenlivet Distillery. In 2016, they hit a new record selling over 12 million bottles worldwide. This is something its founder, George Smith (the first person to be awarded a legal licence to make whisky in 1824), would have only dreamt of when he first started making uisge beatha.
- No matter what the time of year, the weather in Scotland can be “changeable”, to say the least. We suggest that you bring suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket (it has been known to rain in Scotland) and plenty of layers.
- Ensure you bring shoes suitable for short walks, on rough or uneven terrain.
- Although all the distilleries we visit accept card payments, we would also recommend bringing cash with you.
- Don’t forget a camera to snap the fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!
- Our scheduled tours are all 18+, if you’re lucky enough to look under 25 you may to asked to provide proof of age at the distilleries.