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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.
Explore the Scottish Highlands and the heart of Malt Whisky Country, Speyside. Experience stunning scenery, hear tales of Scotland’s history and uncover the secrets of our national drink.
We’ll depart Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh and escape the city stopping 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, the spiritual home of scotch whisky. We will tour their distillery and learn all about their whisky-making process before tasting 2 delicious drams of whisky. They also make Aqua Vitae, their award-winning handcrafted botanical spirit, delicious on its own or with a touch of ginger ale and orange.
Our journey continues north to Blairgowrie , a historic market town, where there is time to take a walk around and enjoy a local lunch (own expense) before heading to Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Sitting at the foot of the Cairngorm mountains and a mile from Balmoral Castle, this is a small craft distillery. We will enjoy a tutored Warehouse Tasting of 4 drams here, of whisky you won’t be able to try anywhere else! 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 bank of the River Spey, followed by a visit to the iconic Glenlivet Distillery for a Single Cask Tasting. With an exciting history of illicit distilling, this is now one of the best known drams made in Scotland.
We will then visit the fascinating Speyside Cooperage (when available). 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 Strathisla Distillery, where you get the chance to become a master blender and create your own blended whisky!
After a second restful night in Grantown-on-Spey, we will visit a final distillery for a tour and tasting.
You then say farewell to Speyside as we return south.
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.
Accommodation is on a B&B ensuite basis in Grantown-on-Spey. We use a variety of different providers here such as the fantastic Rossmor House and Dunallan House.