Whisky and Castles Tour

2 days

Visit specially-selected Highland whisky distilleries, enjoy breathtaking scenery, iconic castles, quaint Scottish villages and more.

What's Included?

Private transfer

Travel in the luxury and comfort of our Land Rover Discovery 4x4 dedicated solely to you for the duration of your trip

Experienced Scottish guide by your side

Discover Scotland with an experienced Scottish guide by your side

Customizable

All itineraries can be modified to meet your needs

Overview

We understand that when you visit Scotland you want to see as much as you can in the valuable time that you have.

On this epic 2-day Scotch Whisky and historic castle tour, with the opportunity for some clay pigeon shooting. We will show you as much as possible whilst allowing you to actually take your time, breath and really explore castles and enjoy our Scotch whisky at your pace.

We will transport you to scenic Perthshire for some fun, where you can try your hand at clay pigeon shooting (extra cost and booked in advance), before you start your distillery and castles tour.

We will recommend overnight accommodation in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry which has great restaurants and bars to enjoy during the evening. If this has whet your appetite, then we invite you to read on.

Itinerary

This itinerary lets you experience this beautiful area of Scotland. It can be readily altered each day if you wish, time-permitting. There will be stops along the way, where and when you wish, on each of the days.

Day 1

Leaving the city of Edinburgh behind will make our way north over the river Forth to the picturesque historic town of Dunkeld. Here, in the beautiful surroundings of rural Perthshire, you will start your tour with clay pigeon shooting (if booked in advance, extra cost applies). You will get to encounter different targets such as incoming duck from stand one, walked up pheasant on stand two.

After the excitement of clay pigeon shooting we will have a relaxing lunch in the village of Pitlochry before visiting your first distillery. Edradour Distillery until recently was the smallest distillery in Scotland. Dating back to 1825, Edradour, stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today. Although small, they produce over 25 distinctive expressions of Highland Single Malt Whisky which you may wish to savour in their fabulous bar after your tour.

We will then take a short drive to Blair Castle the ancestral home of Clan Murray, for an internal tour. The building work for Blair Castle is said to have begun in 1296. This castle has its own private army, the Atholl Highlanders, after permission was granted to form one by Queen Victoria when she visited in 1844.

If time permits you can end your day with a dram or two at the Mash Tun Bar at the Blair Athol Distillery, before I take you to your accommodation for the evening in the busy town of Pitlochry.

Day 2
 

After a Scottish breakfast, we will take a short drive to Queens View, to admire the stunning views along Loch Tummel. When Queen Victoria visited the spot in 1866, she believed that it was named after her, but it is believed that it was named after Isabella, the first wife of Robert the Bruce, who live 500 years earlier. Then a leisurely drive along the banks of Loch Tummel, stopping as and when you wish for a peaceful stroll before arriving in Aberfeldy where we will visit Aberfeldy Distillery, home of Dewars Whisky. They produce a beautifully balanced malt whisky which is the heart of the Dewars blend. Although it is a large distillery it has a wonderful whisky lounge where you have the opportunity to taste some fantastic malt whiskies from Craigelachie, Royal Brackla, Aultmore and The Deveron.

Heading south we travel through beautiful mountain scenery to the town of Crieff and the Glenturret, the oldest working distillery in Scotland established in 1775. Glenturret mash tun is the last remaining hand-operated mash tun of its kind in Scotland. The distillery has a nice café/restaurant where we can have lunch or venture into the town of Creif where there is a large selection of cafes and restaurants to chose from.

From here we travel to Tullibardine Distillery, before exploring the most important castle in Scottish history, Stirling Castle. Parts of the castle date back to the 12th century. This castle has been home of kings and queens of Scotland and through its history it has passed between the Scottish and the English as a strategic stronghold. Learn of William Wallace from Braveheart and Robert the Bruce and the battles that were fought close by.

After your tour of the castle I will take you to your Edinburgh accommodation for the evening.

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