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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.

Reviews

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, Nov 2017

Excellent tour. Our guide Stevie was the best. We saw beautiful, wild scenery as we drove through the Highlands and the Spey River valley. We had tastings at 4 distilleries and the Whiskey Castle. The stop at the cooperage was amazing. Our bed and breakfast accomodations in Grantown on Spey were very comfortable in a beautiful old stone house. On the tour we stopped at various historic and scenic sights, including Elgin Cathedral and some ancient stone bridges. Great tour.

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, Sep 2017

We had a really good time with Pete as our tour guide he kept the trip exciting. Our Bed and Breakfast place was exceptional Allan and Sylva were really great hosts. The weather was really good for September it only rained part of one day.

c
, May 2017

The Speyside Whisky tour totally met expectations. Travelers were a mix of Europeans and North Americans and everyone was friendly and cooperative. Barney the tour guide and driver was amazing with his information and love of scotch whisky. He was articulate, irreverent, funny and knowledgeable. Clearly he enjoyed his job! We visited both small and large distilleries and got to taste lots of whiskey. Our B and B accommodation was immaculate and the homemade breakfasts were delicious. Everything went as planned and as promised. The tour is highly recommended.

Bring lots of UK cash as you pay for the tours in advance to the driver. Credit cards not accepted for the tours.

E
, May 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour - if you love whisky you must do this!
The whole package was excellent from the accommodation to the lovely Keith our driver. We learnt so much about Scotland and it's history too!

w
, May 2017

If I could give this tour more stars i would. Our tour guide was Stevie and he was amazing. We were a group of 14 plus the guide that spent 3 days on this tour. We all had a great time! All of the distilleries were amazing. Stevie was very funny and patient with all of us. I highly recommend this tour. This tour company Rabbi's is fantastic.

N
, Oct 2016

Trip was incredible - would highly recommend it to anyone! Pete and Steve were just delightful and made each day exciting and full of fun.

d
, Oct 2016

Great guide, great whiskey options, and a great learning experience.

Only thing I suggest doing is check the hotel options in Grantown-on-Spey and work with Rabbie's to find a good option that has good reviews. In the group I was in, we were split over a few hotels and not all were great.

Absolutely would do a tour with Rabbie's again and in fact maybe even repeat this specific one in the future.

D
, Oct 2016

This was an extremely well run tour with a fabulous, knowledgeable and full of dry humor, Keith the tour guide. It didn't hurt that we had unseasonably fantastic weather for sure but this would have been a great tour in any weather. The Scottish history lessons during the drive between distilleries was also a nice touch along with some scottish tunes mixed in here and there. I can't wait to come back for the Islay tour!!

N
, Oct 2016

The best tour ever!!!
Keith the guide was great and funny!
A lot of distilleries a lot of whisky and a lot of fun!!!

R
, Aug 2016

The tour was great! I enjoyed every bit of it including the various tastings. Keith the tour guide was fantastic and very funny. He has good knowledge of Scottish history. Never a dull moment


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