After departing Edinburgh, you will escape the city and head north for a quick photo stop at Edinburgh’s iconic Forth road and rail bridges, before heading 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 Stonehaven, where there is time to take a walk around and enjoy a local lunch before heading to Strathisla Distillery for a cask tasting and blending experience. Your journey now continues into Grantown-on-Spey. Founded in 1766 by Sir James Grant, Grantown on Spey is your home for the next 2 nights.
Today starts with a drive along the northern bank of the River Spey, followed by a visit to Glenfarclas Distillery. One of the last independent, family-owned distilleries in Scotland where we have arranged a special tour and tasting for you to enjoy! You can then enjoy a delicious lunch in the restaurant at Glenfiddich Distillery (matched with a wee dram if you like) before continuing 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. The journey continues by heading to Aberlour Distillery where we have arranged a very special tasting to finish your first day exploring Speyside.
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 will now return south and say farewell to Speyside, through Drumochter Pass towards the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Straddling the River Tay, this village boasts a cathedral, smokehouse, great pubs and 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, as we say farewell with fond memories and new friends.