It’s a big place, Scotland. With over 100 working distilleries, many with visitor centres there’s a lot to choose from! Our owner claims to have been drinking whisky since before he can remember, is a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and has turned non believers into aficionados! Well maybe they’ve found a dram or two they like!
Of course, the distilleries you choose to visit may depend on where you fly into! Flying into Inverness or Aberdeen will put Speyside at your fingertips. With whiskies like Glenfiddich, Aberlour, The Glenlivet and many more to choose from this is a great introduction to Scottish whisky distillery tours.
Flying into Edinburgh would put Dalwhinnie and Edradour within easy reach as well as some other well known names.
Landing in Glasgow opens up the rich west coast area, with Campbelltown and the wonderful Springbank on offer, not to mention Auchentoshan, Oban and maybe even access to Islay itself (an overnight stay on the island may be required depending on flight and ferry times).
The itinerary below is an example; we can add the unusual or rarely visitable distillers to your list; We have contacts within many of the local distilleries which may make a visit possible; get in touch. Obviously with exclusivity comes cost; but not many friends at home will have a unique bottle the filled for themselves from the cask on their shelves!
Example itinerary 1 day and approximate cost (maximum of 4 people, recommended 2).
Arrive Aberdeen Airport from London Heathrow 0935am. Picked up at the airport and taken straight to your first distillery The Glenlivet. On the way, enjoy a dram or 2 from my own Scotch Malt Whisky Society collection, The Glenlivet tour includes a dram of their 12 year old. Your tour will finish just in time for an early lunch…
A brilliant location for lunch is the Glenfiddich distillery cafe (The Malt Barn). Our second tour of the day will be here; their tour offers a sample of their 4 standard expressions. However, by arrangement more detailed tours can be arranged, including access to the warehouse to bottle some of your own cask strength Glenfiddich.
To finish the tours we could meander our way to The Macallan, often a favourite, this tour concludes with a taste of 4 expressions from the Macallan and an experience few distilleries offer, a sample of the ‘new make’. The Spirit which goes into the wood and rests for at least 3 years to become whisky.
Finally we would be heading back towards the airport in time for your 1910 return flight to London Heathrow obviously if there was an open bottle in the car you’d be welcome to help yourself 🙂
The cost for this tour would be £279 for the car and driver. Additional cost depends on exactly which tours and distilleries you would like to visit and sample! If your party is smaller or larger than the recommended please contact me to arrange your specific requirements.
Of course you will be tempted to buy bottles. I can arrange shipping to you, which saves you any hassle at the airport. The cost will depend on the number and size of bottles. Bear in mind some of the whiskies you can buy would be very exclusive!
Example 4 day itinerary and approximate cost.
Please note these tours can be modified to depart from any Scottish home, airport or hotel of your choice. We recommend avoiding weekend days on your tours as they are generally busier and some distilleries are closed on Weekends, finishing your tour on a Saturday is a good solution.
Leave Edinburgh (0800) and head north through Fife towards St. Andrews and pick up your choice of Eden Mill or Kingsbarns distilleries. Both of these distilleries are very new and modern enterprises, Eden Mill offers slightly more as they also accommodate a brewery tour. 2 for the price of one!
From there we will head north to the market town of Blairgowrie which is our lunch stop. There are plenty of options here to suit all budgets and we are happy to help you make a choice.
After lunch, we are heading north again through Glenshee and our second stop the fantastic Royal Lochnagar distillery, on the doorstep of Her Majesties residence at Balmoral Castle. This whisky and distillery have had close ties with the Royal family since as far back as 1848!
After a stop in Tomintoul for a leg stretch and a coffee we will finish off day 1 by arriving at our hotel base in Grantown-on-Spey for the next 3 nights.
On day 2 we have a large number of distilleries on the doorstep, we are in the heart of Speyside. Please contact us with your personal preferences of whisky and we will recommend the best tours and whiskies to meet your flavour profile. It is quite possible for us to visit 4 distilleries on this one day! Rest assured though there will be time for lunch and photo stops!
After a day of shorter journeys on day 2 it’s time to make for something a bit further out. Perhaps Glen Ord or Dalwhinnie. Even Edradour or Glen Garioch if they would be your preference. Another brewery tour such as the delightful ‘Windswept’? Or even some clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or something other than whisky? It’s your choice and we are happy to make this part of your tour whatever you want. We always make sure there will be time for lunch and photo stops!
We do need to take you back to your home, hotel or airport now but not without a few stops on the way! There will be distilleries you have yet to visit (with around 118 active distilleries in Scotland it’s quite probable!). Some people prefer to take this day to meander their way home stopping in such places as Loch Ness and the Great Glen stopping through Fort William and perhaps Stirling Castle as well. But the choice is yours, if more Whisky is on your mind we can focus on that too!
Number on tour:
This is a car based tour not a bus. There will be your party together with your driver in the car. 2 people sharing the car is a good party size! 3 people will be comfortable in the car. 4 people would perhaps start to feel a little enclosed but that does depend on the people! We have multiple cars and drivers available and recommend 2 cars for 4 to 6 people or a people carrier.
Cost is variable depending on the distillery tours you take, typically you will need to budget £500+ per day per couple for your car, driver, accommodation, distillery tours and food. This will be confirmed when you have confirmed the distilleries you’d like to visit and the tours you would like to go on (some tours cost upwards of £100 per person, some as little as £5 per person which is why I can’t give you a fixed price!)
To make the pricing clear your car and driver will cost £350 per day including their accommodation and food.
We do not profit from hotels, restaurants or any of the experiences you enjoy.