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.
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.