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.
- Single Occupancy Room 1 person per room
- Double Room 2 people per room
- Twin Room 2 people per room
- Triple Room 3 people per room
Explore Speyside on a Whisky Tour from Edinburgh
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 the whisky-making process before tasting some of their delicious Aqua Vitae as they wait for their whisky to mature. Aqua Vitae is their award-winning handcrafted botanical spirit, delicious on its own or with a touch of ginger ale and orange.
We travel north to Stonehaven, a pretty harbour town just south of Aberdeen. You’ll have time here to take a walk around and enjoy a local lunch before we continue on our whisky journey. We will visit Strathisla Distillery, one of Scotland’s prettiest and the oldest working distillery in the highlands for a cask tasting and blending experience. You’ll get the chance to draw whisky straight from the cask and enjoy a few drams in the warehouse! Next, you’ll move onto their blending room, where you’ll learn more about the flavours that go into whisky and get a chance to blend your own and fill a bottle to take home. A little merrier, we’ll continue to Grantown-on-Spey. Founded in 1766 by Sir James Grant, Grantown-on-Spey is your home for the next two nights.
After a hearty breakfast, your second day starts with a drive along the northern bank of the River Spey, as we make our way towards Glenfarclas Distillery, one of the last independent, family-owned distilleries in Scotland, where we have arranged a special tour and tasting for you.
You can then enjoy a delicious lunch in the restaurant at Glenfiddich Distillery Malt Barn (matched with a wee dram if you like). Their haggis with whisky sauce is especially good!
We then continue to the fascinating Speyside Cooperage. Here you get an insight into the often-forgotten art of the cooper — the people responsible for the casks used by the distilleries. You will watch them at work and decide if you could make it as a cooper yourself.
Our journey continues by heading to Aberlour Distillery, where we have arranged a very special tasting for you. We then pop into the brand new Macallan Distillery for a quick look at their impressive building and a dram or two if we have time.
After a second restful night in Grantown-on-Spey, it is a short drive to The Glenlivet Distillery to kick off your Wednesday morning. The guides at Glenlivet will take you on a tour before letting you sample some amazing whisky exclusives in a stunning setting.
You then say farewell to Speyside as we return south. Our journey back to Edinburgh takes us over the highest public road in Britain and takes in some of the most spectacular and wild highland scenery the Cairngorm National Park has to offer.
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.
- 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.
- Please limit your luggage to 1 x small/medium piece per person, along with 1 x small handbag or daypack.