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Whisky and Castles Tour

3 day example tour

Visit specially-selected Speyside 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

Scotland is world renowned for its ancient castles, breath-taking scenery and of course its biggest export, our wonderful whisky. On your bespoke, private tour, you will live the history of iconic castles, absorb the natural beauty of our countryside and indulge in world class handcrafted whiskies from our special selection of distilleries. Travelling through the beautiful countryside of Perthshire, it is easy to see why Sir Walter Scott named it “The fairest portion of the northern kingdom”

Enjoy the Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Britain. Here you can find adventure, wildlife, beauty and more.

Discover one of the most famous whisky producing regions in Scotland, Speyside. The famous names of Speyside whisky include The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, The Macallan, but with over 60 distilleries in production, the choice is almost endless. The area is blessed with the River Spey and most of the distilleries use its crystal clear waters in their production.

You will experience wild mountain landscapes, quaint villages and beautiful castles. In fact, this Scotch whisky and history tour has something for everyone.

Our passion is to ensure you have an exceptional tour experience, where you will learn of the history and culture of Scotland, hear the myths and stories that will bring your tour alive. You will sample some of our outstanding whisky, savour locally produced food from Scotlands bountiful natural larder, local drinks in rural pubs and stay in some of the best locations in Scotland.

Create long lasting memories on this inspirational 3-day tour for whisky and history lovers, with a local guide who shares your interests by your side. A truly memorable tour that you will stay with you for a lifetime.

Highlights

The Smallest Distillery

After a tour through Perthshire, ‘the fairest portion of the northern kingdom’, you arrive at one of the most beautiful distilleries in Scotland, Edradour, situated just outside the picturesque Victorian town of Pitlochry. The peace and tranquillity that surrounds this small unique distillery takes you back to times gone by. This perfect wee distillery produces as much whisky in a year as other distilleries produce in a week. Experience the tour and then relax and be one of the few to enjoy their smooth decade year old dram.

A Private Army

Following a short scenic drive, explore the wonderful Blair Castle ,nestled in the landscape of Highland Perthshire this is the ancestral home of Clan Murray. With its baronial architecture and its magnificent nine acre walled gardens with their superb mountain back drop. Wander round over 30 rooms including the impressive Victorian ballroom decorated with 175 pairs of antlers and the Entrance Hall which features weapons used at the Battle of Culloden. When Queen Victoria visited in 1844 she gave authority for the Duke of Atholl to have his own private army, the Atholl Highlanders, the only private army in Europe. A tradition that continues to this day.

 

 

The Highest Distillery

Elevate your senses in the Dalwhinnie Distillery. Situated just off General Wades Military Road in the heart of The Cairngorm National Park, this remote location was chosen for the availability of peat and the crystal clear waters resulting in a fine whisky known as the gentle spirit. Try it for yourself and see if you agree.

Onto your hotel in Speyside, renowned for its whisky bar, where you can relax for the evening with a few special drams.

Pearl of the North

To start your day, you will visit Ballindalloch Castle, one of the finest surviving example of a Scottish Baronial Castle. Tour the castle interior then stroll through their pristine gardens and woodland walks. Here we can double up history with whisky, as this beautiful castle estate also has its own distillery (when pre-booked distillery tours are available). The whisky they produce is an absolute treat that you will have the pleasure of tasting from first fill barrels. Possibly the prettiest distillery, it simply cannot to be missed.

Speyside Cooperage

From acorn to cask. We all love our whisky, but before it ends up in bottles , it must languish and mature in oak casks. Did you know that this is the only wood that can be used for this purpose? This visit to the Speyside Cooperage is fascinating. You will see the Coopers shaving, shaping and charring the casks, still using many traditional methods

Six Pillars

For so many The Macallan whisky stands out for all the right reasons. This distillery is like no other, it looks almost futuristic. They are passionate about the casks they use and have produced some of the finest whisky since 1824.

After a superb day of discovery, you can relax at your hotel with a dram and recount the memories of your day.

Royalty

Today you will feel like royalty as you visit Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal residence in Scotland, Balmoral Castle. This has been the Royal families summer retreat since 1852, when the original castle and grounds were purchased by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.

Royal Distillery

The Royal Lochnagar Distillery lies only a mile from Balmoral castle. Originally known as New Lochnagar, it changed its name after a royal visit, when Queen Victoria issued them with her royal warrant. Today you can follow in Queen Victoria’s footsteps as you saviour an outstanding dram of their 12-year-old whisky before we make our way back to Edinburgh and say our farewell’s.