Discover how whisky is intertwined with Scottish culture and venture through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park on this 3-day small group tour.
Day 1: Head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery, a modern Scottish distillery built on the site of the first ever recorded distillery in the country.
After lunch in Braemar, you can sample the delights of the Royal Lochnagar distillery. The outstanding flavour of its whisky was appreciated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on one of many visits to their summer residence, Balmoral Castle.
Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, you continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown-on-Spey, your base for two nights.
Day 2: Today will be spent exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, your first stop of the day is at Glen Moray, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks.
You travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage*, where you see another aspect of the whisky making process.
After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here you travel back to Grantown-on-Spey.
Day 3: In the morning you visit Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.
You then leave the Highlands and journey south to Perthshire. Pitlochry is your lunch stop and later you drive to the Hermitage to get close to nature. Here you can take a fantastic woodland walk amongst the tallest trees in Britain and admire the Black Linn Falls.
From here the route south takes you to Dunkeld, where you've got some time to explore, and then over the Firth of Forth and back to Edinburgh.
Please note: Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.
*Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.
Rates listed are based on twin share accommodation. Contact us for single supplement. If you would prefer to take a private tour, this itinerary can be operated on a private basis for a supplement. Contact us for more details.
- Admission fees and tastings at the Distilleries
- Visit the Cairngorms National Park
- Visit to six distilleries
- 2-nights B&B accommodation in Grantown on Spey
- Transportation in a comfortable 16 seater vehicle
- Admission fees unless specified
- Meals and refreshments
Check-in closes at 08:30 (tour departs at 08:45) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
For cancellations more than 21 days - 100% refund.
For cancellations less than 21 days or no shows - full charges apply.