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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Indulge in the cultivated goodness of fine whisky on a 3-day small-group tour of Speyside. Wind through scenic Cairngorm National Park in Scotland’s main whisky-producing region to visit at least four renowned distilleries including Glenlivet and Dalwinnie. Enjoy tastings and travel by day, and comfortable B & B accommodation in Grantown by night.

Highlights

  • 3-day whisky tour around the Speyside region of Scotland
  • Small-group tour, with a maximum group size of 15, ensures a more personalized experience
  • Visit a minimum of four famous malt whisky distilleries inluding Dalwhinnie, Benromach, Cardhu and Glenlivet
  • Travel along scenic routes through the Cairngorm National Park
  • Two nights B&B accommodation in the quaint village of Grantown on Spey

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

3-Day Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Your 3-day adventure begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide and small group of fellow whisky-lovers. You’ll set off in the morning by luxury van into the region of Speyside – home to more than 40 distilleries! Enjoy spectacular views as you travel along the River Spey through the Cairngorms National Park. See falls rushing through craggy ravines, stunning forests and picturesque lochs as you make your way to Grantown on Spey.

Situated along the 70-mile long Speyside malt whisky trail, the quaint highland village of Grantown will be your home base for the next two days. Your B&B accommodation is located in town, easy walking distance to restaurants, cafes and pubs for evening entertainment.

Over the next days, you’ll visit at least four renowned whisky distilleries including Dalwhinnie, Benromach, Cardhu and Glenlivet. Enjoy generous samples of choice whiskies and take optional tours of the historic warehouses stocked with aged casks. If time and group interest permit, your guide will happily make additional stops at some of the areas other distilleries. You’ll have the chance to purchase some of your favorite malts to take home at Gordon and MacPhail’s famous whisky shop in Elgin.

At the end of your trip, enjoy stunning views of the Cairngorm Mountains, Balmoral Castle and the village of Braemar as you head back to Edinburgh.

Itinerary

Day 1
Leaving Edinburgh in the morning, your small-group tour will head northwards to the heart of the Scottish Highlands. There will be a stop at the popular village of Dunkeld, which is famed for historical links to the Jacobite rebellion, before enjoying a relaxing lunch in the wee town of Pitlochry. Tour the famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, and sample a few drams of its smooth, full-bodied whisky (known as the "Gentle Spirit of the Glen"). Following a route through the rolling hills of the Cairngorm National Park, your whisky tour will continue up to the small town of Grantown on Spey. This will be your base for the next two days – conveniently located in the heartland of the exciting Speyside whisky region.

Day 2 (B)
Take a scenic drive towards Scotland’s north-east coast, for a day of exploring the best that Speyside has to offer! Your first whisky stop of the day is at the Benromach Distillery for a personalized tour with an expert guide. The whisky here is made from the finest Scottish malted barley and water from the Romach Hills. The effect is reflected in the taste, and luckily you’ll have ample opportunity to sample a wee dram or two!

A short drive away is the Royal Burg (Scottish town) of Elgin for a spot of shopping and lunch. Elgin is the home of Gordon and MacPhail, the legendary whisky specialists to those in the know. Take this great opportunity to browse their shop, which reputedly has the largest selection of malt whiskies in the country! After your afternoon in Elgin, you will travel along the River Spey to reach the Cardhu Distillery for another tour. The Cardhu Distillery is the only Scottish whisky distillery to have been founded by a woman, and its produce is used in Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskies.

Time permitting, your small-group tour may take a brief tour of the fascinating Speyside Cooperage in nearby Craigellachie. A cooperage is a warehouse that produces whisky casks by an ancient art known as 'coopering.' The Speyside Cooperage is the last working one in the UK, so it is well worth a look!

Day 3 (B)
Passing through the dramatic scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains, your route down to Edinburgh allows time for one last whisky tour at Glenlivet. Besides seeing the wonderful Glenlivet Distillery, you will have a chance to walk through the glen and take in sights of the natural wildlife all around. Continue south past Balmoral Castle, and enjoy a final stop at the village of Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park before reaching Edinburgh in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

ronald f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic trip well organized and our driver Peter was amazing well worth taking

Amy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour was great - excellent pace and lots of whisky! Never felt rushed at any of the stops, and the guide was very humorous too. Accomodations were amazing!! I loved the guest house I think they really pick well and at great value. If you like Whisky this tour is for you!

Christopher K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

If you like scotch take the tour

Edward R F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had an excellent tour, the driver was great, loved his country and his Whisky which greatly added to the tour and experience plus the knowledge gained about Scotland and Whisky.
The only negative being that we were not told that the tours where not included in the tour package.

felix

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Our tour with Peter ("Party Pete") was fabulous. The group were great, the stops on the tour were a nice balance of sightseeing and distillery visits, schedule was excellent with appropriate stops to stretch our legs, and the Mercedes Minivan was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Peter knows his country and can answer many questions and has a very winning personality. The hotel booked for us was a fine 3 star in a nice village with a good bar and restaurant and great service. My wife and I were very pleased with the whole experience and recommend this tour to any couples or singles wanting to see the Highlands and experience the joys of Scotch Whiskey.

Ross L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent tour, Barney was great, B and B was awesome in Grantown

Ross L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent tour, Barney was great, B and B was awesome in Grantown.

jim europe 2014

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great guide. Lots of additional stops for photo ops and food. Always on schedule but never rushed good choices if distillers . One of the highlights for me was the time we spent at the cooperage. I am really not a drinker and it was great to see coopers and interns working.

Leslie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Party Pete was absolutely delightful and so knowledgable and funny. Countryside was breathtaking and scotch tastings yummy. Great group of people to share three days with. Felt like I'd known them forever. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Allison P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Had a fantastic time on the Whisky Tour! Our guide Ali was amazing and made the trip even better. He was super knowledgeable about Scottish history and actually cared about us having the best time ever. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about whiskey and seeing the beautiful highland area.

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