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Nc’nean Distillery, Scotland.

10 of the best whisky distillery tours in Scotland

Dreaming of a dram? These distilleries offer an insight into one of the world’s great drinks, and are often in stunning locations, too

Nc’nean, Morvern

It’s an adventure in itself just reaching Nc’nean, a remote and free-spirited whisky startup 12 (slow) miles down a single-track road on the Morvern peninsula on Scotland’s stunning west coast. For those that do make it, tours (with coffee and a slice of organic cake) are less about stats and more about the soul of this exciting, sustainably-minded enterprise. The team here is experimenting with different strains of yeast, curiously-shaped stills and longer mash times. To what end? We’ll find out next year when its first whisky is released. Walks in any direction offer the chance to spot otters, pine martens and sea eagles. Stay Achnacriche , doubles from £95 B&B Tours from £15pp, Lochaline , ncnean.com

Dewar’s, Perthshire

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Whisky Distillery, Scotland.

Perth’s Tommy Dewar understood the power of marketing. A globetrotting brand ambassador before that title had really been established, in the early years of the 20th century Dewar enlisted Thomas Edison to direct a film commercial for his White Label blend. It’s possibly why Dewar’s remains among the best-selling blends in the US. The remarkable story forms the heart of the interactive heritage museum at the visitor centre for Aberfeldy, the malt at the heart of Dewar’s blend. The distillery is on the banks of the Upper Tay, just outside Aberfeldy itself. Stay Brae House , doubles from £125 B&B Tours £10.50pp , Aberfeldy, dewars.com

Deanston, Perthshire

Deanston Mill now a distillery on the River Teith near Doune, Scotland.

A steady supply of water doesn’t automatically lead to whisky production. In Deanston, it once meant textile manufacturing. Which is why this distillery wouldn’t look out of place along the Rochdale canal. A Richard Arkwright-designed textile mill, Deanston was transformed into a distillery in 1966. Thanks to the River Teith, the distillery, as with the mill before it, generates its own power. Tour guides point out the ghostly remains of what was claimed to be the largest waterwheel in Europe – now replaced by turbines. Deanston is the location for film director Ken Loach’s affectionate whisky romp, The Angel’s Share. Stay Creity Hall , doubles from £90 B&B Tours from £9pp, near Doune, deanstonmalt.com

GlenDronach, Aberdeenshire

Glendronach Distillery, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The stars and stripes flying high above the Aberdeenshire countryside is a clue that GlenDronach is now owned by the same American company behind Jack Daniel’s. With its row of workers’ houses and 250-year-old master distiller’s mansion, this is a thrilling distillery experience – more than 50 people lived and worked here in the early 19th century. In fertile farming country (the Valley of the Brambles responsible for its Gaelic name), you can pick a blackberries in the grounds for an appropriately sweet amuse-bouche before a tour of this Victorian whisky village and a tasting of its juicy, sherry-matured whisky in the darkly inviting tasting bar. Stay Netherdale House , doubles from £110 B&B Tours from £10pp, Forgue By Huntly , glendronachdistillery.com

Clynelish, Sutherland

Samples of Clynelish whiskey inside Brora Distillery, Scotland.

So discreet is its setting in farmland above the coast road, that many who pass en route to John o’Groats assume Clynelish is a hydro-electric plant. You can see their point. The 1960s-built distillery eschewed the traditional pagoda-style skyline of the malting roof (which is now mostly a distillery affectation anyhow, as barley is malted off site). However, the 200-year-old distillery buildings – home to the holy grail of lost malts: Brora – are being recommissioned by beverage multinational Diageo. The distillery has a dark past: it was built by one of the chief architects of the Highland clearances, the Duke of Sutherland. His hill-top statue looms over this coast, although slabs of its footing are regularly chipped away by those determined to see it tumble. Stay Clynelish Farm , doubles from £80 B&B (£70 a night for two or more nights) Tours from £12pp , Brora , malts.com

Strathisla, Moray

Strathisla distillery in Keith in the Moray District of Scotland.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a master blender? The Chivas Blending Experience (£60) at Strathisla, the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Highlands, will put you to the test. Now owned by Pernod Ricard, whose portfolio includes Chivas Regal, the distillery’s cobbled courtyard leads to a mad professor-style blending lab, complete with bulbous burettes filled with fine malt whisky. Tours make it possible to mix (and keep) your own unique blend. The two-pagoda distillery is atmospheric, with many of its stones snatched from neighbouring 15th-century Milton Castle. Stay Isla Bank House , doubles from £130 B&B Tours from £15pp, Keith , maltwhiskydistilleries.com

Ardbeg, Argyll and Bute

Ardbeg Distillery on the coastline just east of the village of Port Ellen on the island of Islay, Scotland.

When burned as fuel to dry the malted barley, the seaweed and sea salt-infused peat of Islay produces the island’s signature whiskies. Ardbeg’s tours include a yomp over Islay’s peat-cloaked hills (perhaps by way of the eighth-century Kildalton Cross, one of the finest early Christian crosses in Scotland), with an outdoor tasting and a picnic lunch prepared by the team at the distillery’s restaurant. Round a visit off with a stay at Seaview Cottage, the former home to the distillery manager. Sipping an Ardbeg Supernova with a view of the Atlantic breakers outside your window, peat fire roaring in the stove – might that be the ultimate Islay whisky experience? Stay Seaview Cottage , sleeps six, from £200 a night (minimum two-night stay) Tours from £8pp, Ardbeg, Port Ellen , Islay, ardbeg.com

Oban, Argyll and Bute

The Ton room in Oban Distillery, Scotland.

Squeezed between the coast and the cliff that separates the harbour from the suburbs above, the Oban distillery is a tight huddle of grey granite buildings. When the distillery was built in the 1790s, Oban was little more than a scatter of herring storehouses, but since then the busy port has grown around it. This pocket-size distillery’s tours offer a rare chance to sample a west-coast style (somewhere between a sweet Speysider and the smokey islands). When the drizzle descends, the lively dramming bar is the place to settle in and see it out before catching a ferry to recently reopened Tobermory distillery on Mull. Stay Alltavona guesthouse, doubles from £115 B&B Tours from £12pp, Oban, malts.com

Springbank, Argyll and Bute

Springbank Distillery racked warehouse full of maturing whisky casks, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK

In its prime, Campbeltown (a distinct whisky region in its own right at the end of the Kintyre peninsula) saw more than 30 distilleries pump their waste back into Campbeltown Loch, giving rise to the Andy Stewart eponymous song: “Campbeltown Loch/ I wish you were whisky”. Of the three remaining distilleries, Springbank is the oldest, producing its complex maritime dram on the same fortress-like site in the centre of town since 1828. As tours go, Springbank has more to see than most, as the entire production line takes place here, from the malting floor to the bottling plant. Stay Grammar Lodge , doubles from £90 B&B Tours from £10pp, Campbeltown, springbank.scot

Kingsbarns, Fife

A bottle of Kingsbarn whisky on display on top of bourbon barrels at the distillery and visitor centre in St Andrews, Scotland.

Easy-drinking Lowland whiskies can find it it hard to shout above the peaty monsters of Islay or the romance of the Highland drams, and a decade or so ago there were only a couple of distilleries clinging on. But a cluster of new Fife-based ventures point to a resurgence. Kingsbarns’ new visitor centre and restaurant sit within meticulously restored farmsteadings and a 200-year-old dovecot. It’s surrounded by golden fields of barley: the same stuff that you’ll see frothing away in the mash tun. Its first release, Dream to Dram, is a perfect distillation of Fife’s farming heritage, one that’s even managing to lure golfers away from St Andrews’ Old Course, just eight miles away. Stay The Old Station , doubles from £90 B&B Tours from £10pp, Kingsbarns, kingsbarnsdistillery.com

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Embark on a flavourful journey with these Scotland whisky tours. Discover the rugged Highlands, visit Celtic castles and savour the finest Scotch. Trips include accommodation, local transport, 24/7 support, and more.

Try malt whisky on a tour of Scotland

Experience Scotland’s national drink at the source on a Scottish adventure. Explore your way, with the option to tour whisky distilleries on all travel styles.

Discover top Scotland distilleries with an expert local guide on a small group trip or private tour . Alternatively, you could travel at your own pace on a self-drive road trip .

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Go on a small group tour complete with a distillery visit

If you’d like an introduction to whisky, join a guided small group tour that includes a visit to a distillery.

You’ll soon find out that this honey-hued tipple is more than just a drink to the Scots. In fact, it’s been an important part of Scotland’s culture for centuries. Although the oldest licensed distilleries here date from the late 1700s, the locals have been producing whisky from malted barley since the 15th century.

During your distillery visit, a local tour guide will show you how Scotland’s malt whiskies are made and talk you through a tasting experience.

Throughout the rest of your tour, you’ll explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes, historic sites, and top attractions with your knowledgeable guide. Plus, in a group of no more than 15 guests, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and have opportunities to ask your guide questions.

As well as being an unforgettable way to uncover Scotland without taking the wheel yourself, small group tours are perfect if you’re travelling solo . So why not embark on a tasting adventure with like-minded whisky lovers from around the world?

All guided small group tours in Scotland include: • Stays in handpicked accommodation • Transport in a comfortable minibus • Professional English-speaking guide • Daily breakfast and some meals • Welcome pack with our Scotland travel guide • Your own detailed itinerary and a map of Scotland

Add a whisky-tasting or distillery tour to your travel package

If you’d like to discover Scotland differently, there are other ways to appreciate the local whisky. For instance, you could add a visit to the highly recommended Scotch Whisky Experience to your tour package as an optional extra.

For the freedom to go at your own pace, opt for a self-drive tour of Scotland . Being able to stop whenever you like means you could check out distilleries you pass along the way.

Do bear in mind that Scotland’s drink-drive limit is zero. So, if you plan to do more travelling that day, make sure to ask the distillery you’re visiting if you can get a takeaway tasting pack. This will let the designated driver try the warming whisky samples once you get to your accommodation.

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On the other hand, pick a Scotland private tour , and you’ll benefit from the services of your own driver-guide. If you have a favourite whisky, they'll advise you on the best itinerary that incorporates the distillery. Plus, with someone else at the wheel, you can sit back and listen to local insights as you soak up the beautiful scenery.

Alternatively, base yourself in Edinburgh on one of these multi-day trips in Scotland , where you’ll take day tours into the countryside. With a combination of handpicked excursions and free time in Edinburgh, they’re ideal for getting a flavour of Scotland.

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Scotland’s whisky regions

In Scotland, distilleries are everywhere. Or that’s what it feels like once you know there are over 130 active distilleries. You’ll find them dotted throughout the country’s 5 whisky regions: Speyside, the Lowlands, the Highlands, Islay and Campbeltown.

On these guided small group trips, your whisky-tasting tour in Scotland will be at either a Lowland or Speyside distillery. If you’d like to visit other areas for a Scotch tour, Scotland self-drive packages give you opportunities to stop at whisky distilleries in the Highlands as well. This includes iconic west coast distilleries such as Talisker on the Isle of Skye.

If you already know a little about whisky, you’ve probably heard that each region is known for its characteristic flavours. But go on a Scotland distillery tour, and you’ll soon find out that there’s also lots of variation between brands.

Venture to Speyside – home to the Malt Whisky Trail – and you could try whiskies with light, fruity or rich sherry notes. Tour Highland distilleries and you can expect spicy or maritime drams.

Then there’s Islay, where some of the world’s most famous whiskies come from. Here, you’ll find peaty, smoky single malts from distilleries like Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Bowmore.

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If you’re interested in Scottish whisky, there’s a chance you’ll also want to delve into the local food scene . Scotland has plenty of top-notch eateries dishing up mouthwatering plates.

Look for refined tasting menus at Michelin guide-listed restaurants, noteworthy seafood shacks, and cosy cafés with platters of delicious home baking. Not to mention the traditional pub serving hearty favourites like haggis, along with a selection of ales and well-stocked whisky shelves.

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‘the water of life’.

So, you fancy yourself a wee dram of malt whisky while you’re here in Scotland?

Och, good on ya. It’s our national drink for a reason.

It’s hard to know for sure how long the process of whisky distilling has been around. At least the 15th century, probably long before.

We gather up the barely and soak it in water before spreading it out to germinate. After six or seven days, you’ve got green malt, perfect for the kiln. After it’s smoked in peat, it’s mashed down into a coarse grist and now its ready to ferment. Into the ‘pot’ it goes and so begins the distilling process. Only the purest liquid makes it through. Only the best .

There’s far more to it than that, but you’re just here for the drink, no?

So, go on then, enjoy yourself some uisge beatha … ‘water of life’.

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Whisky has simple ingredients: barley, wheat or rye, yeast and water. The Scots drink it straight or with a dash of water.

But the drink is also complex. There's an abundance of different 'cask strengths', 'blended malts', and 'single grains'. Take a tour and learn the nuances.

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Whisky makers say distilleries are in remote locations because of fresh water sources. But this isn’t always true.

In the 18th century, distillers relocated to avoid tax collector routes. This was bad for distillers, but it’s great if you want to enjoy a dram near a delightful view.

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Treacherous Tales

Distillers avoided tax by malting at night. Glaswegians rioted when Britain imposed a malt tax. And dragoons and highwayman patrolled the roads searching for whisky smugglers. Take a whisky tour and let your guide bring the history to life.

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Many of Scotland’s literary legends were influenced by the taste of whisky. Robert Burns penned entire poems in the drink’s honour.

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State-of-the-art technologies, groundbreaking innovation and show-stopping architecture are all helping to propel the country’s distilleries well into the 21st century with imagination, ambition and a pioneering spirit. A raft of future-facing trailblazers are looking to attract and excite the coming generations of whisky drinkers with lighter, more versatile whiskies that lend themselves to cocktails. Interactive, immersive tours, sophisticated tastings, food pairings and sustainable credentials are defining the new wave of whisky experiences and young up-and-coming distilleries. But some things never change; visiting a whisky distillery should be a slow pleasure that provides the chance to savour Scotland’s beauty, whether it is shining in the sun or glowering under gunmetal skies heavy with rain. Which is, after all, whisky’s essential ingredient. Here’s our pick of the best distillery tours in Scotland.

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1. Nc’Nean, Lochaline, Morvern

Best for the environment Independent, organic and sustainable, this fledgling distillery was created in 2017 from an old farm on the west coast’s Morvern peninsula. Nc’Nean proudly proclaims its eco credentials as the first whisky distillery in the UK to reach net-zero emissions for its operations. Appropriately, its name is Gaelic for “goddess of the spirits” as this light, floral whisky is created by a female-led team under the watchful eye of founder Annabel Thomas. Tours are informative but informal, and tea, cake and drams are all included. Nc’Nean also has two moorings for visitors, so you can sail up in your own yacht.

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2. Johnnie Walker, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Best for an immersive experience Styled as a shiny, high-tech department store spread over eight floors opposite the castle, the Johnnie Walker experience in Edinburgh is an unparalleled interactive extravaganza of light, sound, smell, music and special effects. Complete an online questionnaire before arriving to establish a personal flavour profile then sample specially tailored whisky cocktails during the tour. Enjoy the drama of Johnnie Walker’s life unfold on stage, from young farmer to whisky pioneer and top-hatted dandy. For connoisseurs there’s a vault filled with old and rare whiskies in the cellar. Don’t miss the elegant roof-top bars with views to the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh Castle.

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The Smuggler’s Hideout at The Glenlivet

3. The Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, Speyside

Best for style and design Perched in a remote glen on the edge of Cairngorm National Park, the Glenlivet was recently refurbished to create an elegant new visitor space more akin to a luxury hotel. Step through the main doors to be greeted by a plush, subtly lit space with a huge chandelier made from dried wildflowers. Learn about Glenlivet’s whisky through an immersive experience that delves into both the production and history. Later, repair to a private room to experience old and rare whiskies or try the astonishing cocktail capsules that melt on the tongue, followed by whisky-chocolate pairings. You can hand-fill your own cask-strength bottle of Glenlivet too.

Lagavulin is one of Scotland’s most beloved peaty whiskies

4. Lagavulin, Islay

Best for tradition A whisky suffused with the briny, earthy notes of this windswept Inner Hebridean island, Lagavulin is one of Scotland’s most beloved peaty whiskies — and it’s also the favourite of Parks and Recreation ‘s Ron Swanson. Join the charming Iain McArthur, who, with over 50 years of service, informs and entertains visitors in equal measure on cask tasting sessions. One of the older and more traditional distilleries on Islay, Lagavulin is famed for its distinctive red chimney, unusual pear-shaped stills and gorgeous views over the bay in front. For those who find the strong, smoky flavour a little too robust, there are younger, lighter expressions of Lagavulin available too.

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5. Glenkinchie, Tranent, East Lothian

Best for a nature experience Hidden away in the heart of rural East Lothian, the Glenkinchie distillery creates a light floral whisky within a smart, newly refurbished red-brick Victorian building overlooking a charming wildflower garden pollinated by the bees of three hives. This brand new visitor centre has already been awarded Scotland’s prestigious Green Tourism Gold Award. Its hi-tech multisensory tour is a “flavour journey” that will delight, as will the enormous model that captures the distillery in miniature, built for the 1924 Empire exhibition. Afterwards head upstairs to the Scandi-influenced bar with elegant Ercol furniture and lovely garden views to enjoy a dram or two.

6. Edradour, Pitlochry, Perthshire

Best for old-fashioned charm Scotland’s smallest distillery is also one of the most picturesque, where little has changed in terms of whisky-making since it opened in 1825. Supplied by the pure waters from the springs of nearby Ben Vrackie, this handcrafted whisky has a classic range characterised by rich fruitcake flavours with a sweetness imbued by sherry casks. But Edradour offers a memorably smoky, heavily peated incarnation too. Start your tour with a couple of drams in the old malt barn and end with some pleasingly retro gifts such as mustard, marmalade, fudge and old-school tea towels in the shop.

7. Bunnahabhain, Port Askaig, Islay

Best for striking views A long narrow winding road overlooking the glorious Paps of Jura leads to Bunnahabhain, Islay’s most remote distillery. A brand new visitor space built in the style of a traditional boat house brings an array of tours where aficionados can admire the tallest “swan-neck” stills on the island and enjoy tutored tastings overlooking the stunning Sound of Islay. Unusually for an Islay whisky, Bunnahabhain’s signature style is unpeated, although in keeping with its roots, the distillery does produce some peated whiskies for those who like a smoky hit.

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8. Macallan, Aberlour, Speyside

Best for architecture This £140 million flagship distillery and visitor experience is housed in a spectacular award-winning building on the Easter Elchies estate in Speyside. The antithesis of the traditional pagoda-style distillery, the Macallan is a semi-subterranean operation with a gently undulating roof that echoes the shape of the surrounding hills, and is topped with a wildflower sedum roof. There’s also a bar, a brasserie and a boutique, and special private tours are available that include a tutored tasting in Macallan’s iconic “cave privée” and a dram with the head ghillie in the estate’s fishing lodge.

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Hearach distillery on the Isle of Harris

9. Hearach, Tarbert, Isle of Harris

Best for reviving tradition The Isle of Harris distillery is best known for the product it’s making while waiting for its first whisky to mature: gin. Reviving a whisky-making tradition lost 170 years ago, the first lightly peated Hearach (Gaelic for a Harris islander) has been created using soft Hebridean water running over some of the oldest rocks in the world, and is currently maturing in bourbon and sherry casks. Time and taste will tell when it’s ready. Meantime, visitors can discover the people and processes creating this special whisky that expresses the deep elemental nature of this wild and lovely landscape on the edge of the Atlantic.

10. Jura, Isle of Jura

Best for the journey A spectacularly beautiful island dominated by the Paps — its famed mountains — Jura has one road, one shop, one terrifying whirlpool and one distillery. Take the long way round via a CalMac ferry to neighbouring Islay or nip across in 45 minutes on a foot passenger cruiser from the mainland at Tayvallich. Both are unforgettable, and a distillery at the end is just the icing on the cake. Take a tour and discover how this little distillery has risen from the ashes to create its own distinctive island brand. Every September the distillery celebrates Jura and its whisky with a festival of traditional music, dancing and a few drams.

Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Highlands

11. Strathisla, Keith, Speyside

Best for picturesque charm Established in 1786, Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Highlands and the single malt at the heart of Chivas Regal blends. Distinctive by its traditional pagoda-style roof, the beautifully kept Strathisla sits in a bucolic setting on the banks of the River Isla. Tours exploring the ancient craft of distilling and blending are led by expert but informal guides, and include everything from a stroll around the distillery grounds and local landmarks, to a cask-strength tasting, creating a personal blend and sampling limited edition single malts.

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Raasay distillery on the Isle of Raasay

12. Raasay, Isle of Raasay

Best for community spirit Almost singlehandedly reviving this island community, Raasay started off with gin in 2017 while maturing its first whisky. In the process it created a distillery, a visitor centre, a shop, a bar and a charming whisky hotel while arresting population decline on this tiny streak of land off the east coast of Skye. Setting out to emulate some older styles of Hebridean malts, the result is its flagship Raasay single malt which is lightly peated with dark fruit flavours. Tastings and tours are for connoisseurs and the curious alike, while enjoying one of the most dramatic views in Scotland, across to the Cuillin mountains on Skye.

13. Glenmorangie, Tain, Ross-shire

Best for groundbreaking innovation Presided over by Dr Bill Lumsden, sometimes called the Willy Wonka of whisky, Glenmorangie is firmly looking to the future with its science and its architecture. Marvel at the Lighthouse, the distillery’s magnificent glass innovation centre/whisky lab towering over the surrounding Victorian stone buildings with views over the Dornoch Firth. An award-winning master distiller, Lumsden was the genius responsible for finishing Glenmorangie’s whiskies in sweet wine casks, helping to produce their signature light, fruity, spicy flavours. Stay nearby at the delightful 17th-century Glenmorangie House and your distillery tour will be complimentary.

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Whisky tours in scotland, grab yourself a wee dram for our guide to the ultimate scottish whisky tours.

Whisky making is serious business in Scotland; there are more than 120 active distilleries, spread across five whisky regions. The 'water of life', as it's known, is Scotland's largest export and, it's safe to say, we've been known to enjoy a dram or two ourselves.

Crafting the golden elixir is a fascinating, but lengthy process. For a whisky to officially be called 'Scotch', it must have been aged in Scotland for at least three years and made in a manner strictly specified by the 'Scotch Whisky Regulations'. There's no half measures here!

Many distilleries offer tours and tastings so you can sample their whisky's flavours, hear from their passionate team and see where the whisky's themselves are born.

And of course, in addition to being perfectly-placed to enjoy a distillery tour, many of our Luxury Scotland member properties have spectacular and well-stocked whisky bars where you can enjoy this wonderful spirit during your stay.

So, pour a wee dram and join us on a virtual tour of the five whisky regions and some of the best distilleries to visit in Scotland.

Highland Whisky Tours

We start with the largest and most northerly region, the Highlands, which boasts a wide range of whisky distilleries including some of the famous names you'll no doubt already be familiar with. Rich in diversity, flavour and style, whiskies from this region certainly reward those who venture north.

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The Deanston Distillery , located close to Luxury Scotland Member, Cromlix , was originally a cotton mill, which opened its doors in 1785. It was at the forefront of new beginnings as Scotland moved from agriculture to industrialisation. When the cotton industry went into decline, the mill was converted into a distillery and the first bottle of Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky was produced in 1974. The process begins with water from the River Teith, which flows over granite, making it very soft and perfect for making whisky. In 2012 the Deanston Distillery proudly opened its doors to its brand new visitor centre, offering tours, tastings, and access to exclusive limited editions.

Tullibardine Distillery stands proudly in the village of Blackford, also home to Luxury Scotland Member, Highland Spring . The iconic hotel,  Gleneagles , is located just 3 miles away. In 1947 William Delmé-Evans began converting what had previously been a brewery into The Tullibardine Distillery. Upon testing the water from the nearby springs, Delmé-Evans knew he had found the perfect location for distilling whisky. In 1979 Highland Spring began bottling the same water.

Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland. It stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, also home to Luxury Scotland Member Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa . Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s quality and smooth finish.

Glen Garioch Distillery (Garioch pronounced Geery), is Scotland’s most easterly distillery and is situated in the historic old town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen. It was established in 1797. Only ever produced in small, precious batches, Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, but warmly appreciated by those who like a hearty Highland malt. The perfect base for a visit, The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is just a 40 minute drive away.

On the West coast, you'll find The Torridon in its spectacular setting at the head of a spectacular sea loch. It's also home to a whisky Bar with a superb array of 365 whiskies, and their whisky tasting experiences are, quite rightly, a favourite of their guests. 

A little further West, on the Isle of Skye,  Talisker , is set on the shores of Loch Harport, with dramatic views of the Cuillins. This alluring, full-bodied single malt whisky is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave. Kinloch Lodge , on the shore of Loch-Na-Dal, is just under an hour away and offers both whisky tasting as well as whisky and food pairing experiences.

Moving more central, 15 miles outside of Inverness, you'll find  Glen Ord Distillery , Scotland’s oldest distillery and the last remaining one on the Black Isle. Barley from the Black Isle meets water from the White Burn to make a Scotch of vibrant colour – The Singleton of Glen Ord. A beautifully renovated, Georgian mansion house, Rocpool Reserve , is ideally located nearby.

About 40 miles North of Inverness, you'll find Glenmorangie , the acclaimed distillery famed for smooth, rich whiskies with intriguing, complex flavours. They offer a range of tasting experiences, ideal for whisky connoisseurs. Guests of Glenmorangie House also receive a complimentary tour of the Glenmorangie Distillery visitor centre. Their Brand Home Manager, Stuart Smith, discusses the famous brand in more detail in our recent interview here.  

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Lowland Whisky Tours

The Lowland region includes Edinburgh and the Lothians as well as Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, and therefore some of the more easily accessible distilleries in Scotland. Known for being light-bodied with sweeter and almost floral tones, malts from this region are considered an ideal introduction for those new to whisky drinking.

At the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you can visit The Scotch Whisky Experience , a five star visitor attraction where you can take a tour and indulge in a tasting or blending session. For a more in depth experience you can sign up to their one day Scotch Whisky Training School.

In 2021 whisky giant, Diageo, will be opening The Johnnie Walker Experience in Edinburgh’s West End. The detailed plans for inside this eight-storey building are being kept a closely guarded secret, but will include a multi-sensory, immersive visitor experience, guiding people throughout the 200 year history and the flavours of Scotland. You can pre-register to visit  here .

The Dunstane Houses , is a family-run, five-star boutique hotel in the west end, where you can enjoy the spirit of Orkney in Edinburgh. The owners, Shirley & Derek Mowat, grew up on Orkney and they have one of the most extensive rare-whisky selections in the city, with more than 70 varieties in their vintage wall cabinet, including a rare Highland Park. They can also arrange some great whisky tasting experiences.

Edinburgh's no. 1 hotel on TripAdvisor, Fingal , is a 5-star luxury floating hotel, berthed on the vibrant waterfront. You may well choose to tour the distilleries from the comfort of the spectacular on-board bar, The Lighthouse, that houses a single cask collection with some of the finest whiskies from around the country.

Head a little further north and you'll find  Eden Mill , in St Andrews. Based on the site of a historic distillery, on the banks of the River Eden, Eden Mill was the first to make spirits in the region for 150 years and in 2018 they released the first Single Malt Whisky to be distilled in St Andrews in over 150 years. The iconic golf resort, the Old Course Hotel , is just a short 10 minute drive away.

Kingsbarns distillery , about 15 minutes’ drive from St Andrews, is a family owned and operated distillery located in a restored historic farm steading, offering tours and tastings.

Finally, you have Kinross House , an exclusive use venue that has a whisky room where you can sample a wide range of premium whiskies including their own Kinross House whisky, produced by Macallan in Speyside. A whisky expert can also be arranged to take guests through a fascinating whisky tasting experience.

On Scotland's West coast, you'll find another Luxury Scotland Member, well-placed for a whisky tour in both the Campbeltown, Islay and Lowland regions. Crossbasket Castle's French-inspired Scottish cuisine and bar (with 30 whisky blends and malts) is just 20 minutes from Glasgow.

Campbeltown Whisky Tours

Scotland's smallest whisky region has just three distilleries, but still warrants a visit for those who value a malt whisky that some describe as 'fiercely enduring and distinctive'. 

Glen Scotia is one of Scotland's smallest distilleries, while Springbank Whisky Distillers is the oldest independently and family owned distillery in Scotland.

The Crinan Hotel , on Argyll's rugged coastline, is very well placed to visit both Glen Scotia and Springbank Whisky Distillers at just a 1 hour and 20 minutes drive.

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Speyside Whisky Tours

World-renowned, the Speyside whisky region in the North East of Scotland is home to over half of all distilleries in Scotland as well as the UK's only working cooperage ( Speyside Cooperidge ) where they craft American Oak casks that help mature whiskies in Scotland and around the world. Whiskies from Speyside tend to have smooth and refined flavours, often lighter and sweeter than other Scotch single malts.

Glenlivet and Aberlour distilleries offer wonderfully in-depth tasting sessions, while Macallan offers a very modern tour of their incredible distillery and visitor centre.

Glenfiddich's Spirit of Innovation Tour takes visitors on a journey through every step in the whisky making process including their innovative and experimental releases.

Islay Whisky Tours

Islay, the island known affectionately as 'the whisky island', lies just off the Argyll coast in the West of Scotland. Despite its relatively small size, it's home to nine distilleries producing whisky with a characteristic peaty, smoky flavour.

Today, Islay’s distilleries are spread across the island; Bowmore ,  Bruichladdich and Kilchoman can be found right in the heart of the island and there are three more located next to each other, collectively known as the Kildalton Distilleries . The most recently opened  Ardnahoe Distillery  launched in April 2019 and Bowmore is said to be one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, dating back to 1779.

Luxury Scotland Member, The Machrie , have organised a special whisky experience with Lagavulin Distillery . Guests can enjoy a trip to Lagavulin Distillery where they can enjoy a Core Range Tasting. Their 3-course lunch is paired with some of Islay’s famous malts to provide a variance of flavours and aromas to enhance the menu.

Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, regularly takes guests over to Islay or the Mull of Kintyre by boat to experience the whisky distilleries. Closer to Glenapp, in nearby Kirkoswald, the whisky bottlers, A.D. Rattray, have established a whisky experience where visitors can test the blends that they bottle.

Chauffer-Driven Whisky Tours with Little

Sightseeing by chauffeur-driven car is undoubtedly the best way to see Scotland. Luxury sightseeing tours are a speciality of Little’s , a Luxury Scotland Partner. From bespoke tour design services to the remarkable knowledge of their touring chauffeurs, the Little’s team is dedicated to creating a memorable experience for you or your clients. And with your own driver, you can enjoy your whisky tasting to the full.

Slainte Mhath!

All that remains from us is to wish you Slainte Mhath (pronounced Slanj-a-va), the traditional toast to say ‘Good Health’ in Gaelic, during your whisky tour of Scotland.

First published 22 September 2020. Information correct at time of going to press.

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Scotch Whisky is world-famous for its smokey, peaty, and smooth flavors, and with over 120 active distilleries around the country , you’ll not be short of ideas of where to visit on your private tour. 

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With so many incredible distilleries around Scotland, it can be difficult to decide where to start; our Private Whisky Tours allow you to customize your itinerary and visit all your favorite distilleries and see some beautiful sites along the way – although depending on how many distilleries you’ve visited throughout the day, you’ll likely find everything beautiful! 

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Highlands Whisky Region

Number of distilleries: 47

Oldest Distillery: Glenturret (1775) 

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Flavor profile: fruity, malty, spicy & swee t

The vast and wild Highland region of Scotland produces varied and unique Scotch from distillery to distillery. Some peaty, some with a strong salty presence from the coast, and some fresh, light, and fruity. The Highlands has a bit of everything: perfect for a group whisky tour with varying preferences, and taste ambitions. 

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Speyside Whisky Region

Number of distilleries: 50

Oldest Distillery: Strathisla (1786) 

Most popular distillery: Glenfiddich

Flavor profile: fruity, sweet, spicy & vanilla

Home to some of Scotland’s best-loved malt whiskies, Speyside is Scotch perfection! This beautiful region is filled with incredible valleys, glens, and – most importantly – over 50 distilleries producing some remarkable fine malts: truly whisky heaven and a perfect region for your private Scotch adventure!

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Campbeltown Whisky

Number of distilleries: 3

Oldest Distillery: Springbank (1828) 

Most popular distillery: Springbank

Flavor profile: fruity, peaty, sweet & smoky

Steeped in flavor and history, Campbeltown is Scotland’s smallest whisky region but offers up some of the finest malts known to man. With its maritime roots, Campbeltown’s whisky is distinctive and world-renowned: truly a must-visit for a whisky connoisseur while opening the eyes of those less experienced explorers.

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Lowlands Whisky Region

Number of distilleries: 18

Oldest Distillery: Auchentoshan (1800) 

Most popular distillery: Glenkinchie

Flavor profile: light, unpeated, citrusy, sweet, floral

The Lowland whisky region in Scotland is famous for its light-bodied single malts that are unpeated and lighter, with a gentle, elegant palate. 

This is an ideal region for both whisky connoisseurs and those new to single malt whisky, as it’s these triple distilled malts are in great supply and are very easy to drink!

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Isle of Islay Whisky Region

Number of distilleries: 9

Oldest Distillery: Bowmore(1779) 

Most popular distillery: Ardbeg

Flavor profile: powerful, peaty, smoky, sweet & salty

Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Islay is often known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ and is an island built on peat and improved with whisky. Renowned for its beautiful scenery and beaches as well as its fine single malt Scotch, the Isle of Islay is a must-do for any true Whisky fan. Most famous for the big smokes of Laphroaig, Lagavulin & Ardbeg.

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By the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth, amidst the golden barley fields that border the Royal Burgh of Tain, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery where accompanied by their expert guides, you will journey through all stages of our award-winning whisky creation, from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation.

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Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Perthshire. Set in open moorland south of the town, in the foothills of the Grampian mountains, Blair Athol’s ancient source of water – the Allt Dour – flows through the grounds from the slopes of Ben Vrackie, contributing to the whisky’s, mellow quality and smooth finish.

The Glenliveit Distillery

The Glenlivet Distillery has the distinction of being the first licensed distillery in the Glenlivet area. At one time there were around 200 illegal stills around this area and the name “Glenlivet” was used by many competing distilleries. Glenlivet’s owner, John Smith’s son of the founder, realized the importance of branding so in 1884 he took legal action to reserve use of the title “The Glenlivet”.

Macallan Distillery

In the heart of the beautiful Macallan Estate sits Macallan Distillery. The Edrington Group, which owns the Macallan distillery, has taken the bold move to revamp the distillery and visitor center so it is now the most modern and high technology looking distillery in Scotland.

Where there were once large “sheds” for the mash tuns and still rooms, there are now cleverly landscaped semi-subterranean buildings that blend the distillery into the green fields of the landscape. The building is a stunning piece of modern architecture that combines functionality with organic shapes and materials. They have deliberately kept some pictures of the old distillery buildings in the gallery so you can see just how radically different the new distillery buildings are.

Laphroaig Distillery

 Laphroaig (La-froyg) Distillery is renowned for the rich, unmistakable taste of its whisky and is the favorite of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and even bears his Royal Warrant.

Established in 1825 by brothers Donald and Alexander Johnston, Laphroaig still employs the traditional methods and time-honored skills that have been used for centuries to produce the most distinctive single malt in the world.

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Whisky takes its name from the gaelic for ‘water of life’., you can find distilleries all over scotland..

Each area adds its own flavour and character to whisky. Salty sea air, peaty fires, and natural spring water: each can play a part in Scotch whisky. Follow the story from barley to barrel to bottle.

Whisky takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘water of life’. You can find distilleries all over Scotland. Each area adds its own flavour and character to whisky. Salty sea air, peaty fires, and natural spring water: each can play a part in Scotch whisky. Follow the story from barley to barrel to bottle.

  • Talisker is the only distillery on Skye and is situated in Carbost.
  • The Spey valley is home of nearly 50 whisky distilleries resulting in the international reputation of Speyside malts as a whisky 'region'.
  • Royal Brackla Distillery was granted a Royal Warrant by King William IV in 1835. It's just one of three distilleries to have this distinction.
  • Aberlour Distillery takes its water from the well of St Drostan, a 10th Century missionary, and later Archbishop of Caterbury.
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Glengoyne (lowland).

Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

Named after its location in the wooded valley of Glen Guin, or ‘glen of the wild geese’, Glengoyne Distillery has been producing the water of life for almost two centuries. Generations of expertise go into its Highland single malts, which are uniquely matured in the Lowlands. Discover more of its secrets with a tour and taste 200 years of history for

The Glenlivet (Speyside)

Glenlivet whisky distillery

Romantic tales of smuggling, jealousy and intrigue abound at the home of this famous malt. Wind your way through the intrguing and isolated Livet valley and you’ll soon be rewarded with an unforgettable tour and tasting. Learn how the distillery was founded in 1824 and how its global reputation saw it conquer illicit rivals to be christened ‘The’ Glenlivet .

Laphroig whisky distillery

Laphroaig (Islay)

Founded in 1815, Laphroaig is a peaty single malt whisky produced on the west coast isle of Islay. It is considered one of the most richly flavoured of all Scotch single malts.

Glenkinchie

Glenkinchie

Sample the very finest Lowland malt with an in-depth tour of this traditional distillery. Nestling outside Edinburgh among the rolling East Lothian farmlands, its carefully crafted whiskies are noted for their lightness of touch and sweet and malty tones. Try one for yourself and enjoy the true taste of Scotland with a distinctively dry and fruity finish.

Dalwhinnie

Standing proudly amid snow-capped peaks at 1,164ft above sea level, this famous distillery is thought to be the highest in Scotland. Pay a visit to its remote and rugged location and you’ll be rewarded with the smoothest of malts, with just a touch of honey, fruit and peaty smoke. Alternatively, try a tasting matched with delicious hand-made chocolates.

Oban

Experts claim this distillery’s location beside a bustling bay give its malts a hint of brine and seaweed. So why not pay a visit and try for yourself? Tucked beneath a steep cliff, visitors are welcome to take a tour, enjoy a warming dram and learn some of the many secrets handed down since its formation in 1794 by brothers John and Hugh Stevenson.

Glen Ord

A trip to one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries is one to cherish – and is rewarded with the chance to buy a rare malt. Combining long fermentation with slow distillation, Glen Ord has been producing whisky on the Black Isle since 1838 and still malts its own barley. Pay a visit and try its Singleton of Glen Ord , usually reserved for Asian markets only.

Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich

With its distinctive pagoda roofs and fields of golden barley, whisky heaven awaits at the home of this famous family-owned distillery. Meander through the ‘valley of the deer’ and you’ll be greeted by the world’s largest pouring collection of Glenfiddich . Learn how production has grown since 1886 and sample the innovative local fare at its restaurant.

Royal Lochnagar

Royal Lochnagar

Visitors to this historic distillery follow in the distinguished footsteps of Queen Victoria , who granted it a Royal Warrant after travelling from nearby Balmoral to sample its wares in 1848. With mighty Lochnagar Mountain looming over proceedings, see the traditional open mash tun and taste the finest mellow malts, made with crystal-clear Scarnock spring water.

Lagavulin

Cross to the magical Isle of Islay and discover the many delights of this traditional distillery hidden in a secluded cove. Built on the site of a ruined castle more than two centuries ago, Lagavulin is famed for its unusual pear-shaped stills. Take a tour behind its whitewashed walls, see the distillers at work and savour a dram alive with distinctive peaty smokiness.

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Heart of the highlands.

Heart of the Highlands

If you only have a couple of days to discover the true beauty of the Scottish Highlands, then this is the tour for you.

Loch Ness, Whisky and Outlander

Loch Ness, Whisky and Outlander

Sample the finest ‘water of life’; follow in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s footsteps and walk among the ancient locations of TV’s Outlander in this fascinating trip back in time.

Bonnie Scotland

Bonnie Scotland

Discover Scotland's unrivalled beauty on this feature-packed tour that includes city stays in historic Edinburgh and lively Glasgow.

Edinburgh Tattoo Experience

Edinburgh Tattoo Experience

Prepare for your evening visit to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with a relaxing day touring through stunning Highland landscapes.

Islay Whisky Connoisseur Tour

Islay Whisky Connoisseur Tour

Explore the island of Islay, home to eight whisky distilleries whose lovingly produced malts boast a unique peaty aroma.

Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Whisky

Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Whisky

This combination of a visit to intriguing Rosslyn Chapel and the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Borders makes this tour the perfect day out.

Scotland's Highlands and Islands

Scotland's Highlands and Islands

Discover magical islands, sophisticated cities and the rugged beauty of the Scottish highlands on this far-reaching tour.

Scottish Clans and Castles

Scottish Clans and Castles

Discover the history of Scotland and her people on this inspiring tour through the Highlands which includes a trip on the famous West Highland Railway.

Scottish Dream

Scottish Dream

On this comprehensive tour experience many aspects of Scotland from the great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the scenic beauty of the Isle of Skye.

Scottish Highlands, Islands and Cities

Scottish Highlands, Islands and Cities

This epic tour will take you along some of the most famous routes in Scotland to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and the islands of Skye, Orkney, Mull and Iona.

Scottish Isles and Glens

Scottish Isles and Glens

Be captivated by the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Islands on this luxury tour that includes visits to the Orkney Islands, Skye and Bute.

Taste of Scotland

Taste of Scotland

This short tour combines visits to Scotland’s two great cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow with a delightful tour through the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

The Essential Whisky Experience

The Essential Whisky Experience

Raise a glass to Scotland’s national drink with a tour of two traditional distilleries, sampling the finest drams and enjoying stunning scenery as you go.

The Scots and the Irish

The Scots and the Irish

This extensive tour of two Celtic neighbours focuses on the highlights of Scotland together with the north and west of Ireland

Whisky and Waterfalls

Whisky and Waterfalls

Discover the beauty of Highland Perthshire, take a waterfall walk then enjoy a tour and tasting at Scotland’s oldest whisky distillery. What an amazing day out!

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This tour takes you to a Scottish island paradise. Islay is home to stunning scenery, ancient history, traditional culture and nine of Scotland’s finest whisky distilleries.

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The ultimate Islay tour is for those who want to experience as much of Islay as possible. We visit every distillery on the island, taste a range of drams and explore its secret spots.

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I am a return customer to Scottish routes…I have just returned from a 5 day break which I really enjoyed. Mark the tour guide was great he made sure everyone had a good time... What can you say about Islay, peaceful quiet and stunningly beautiful. The weather gods looked down on us favourably. The whisky was great, the Bowmore guest house is terrific, all Covid-19 precautions were adhered to, the breakfast was as usual excellent and the room very comfortable. Everyone on the trip had a great time, here's to the next time

Just wanted to thank you and all the team for such a wonderful tour across beautiful Scotland and onto Islay. Despite the Covid restrictions, you managed to organise a really lovely trip of tours and tastings. Our expert driver and guide, Moray, gave us a fantastically interesting trip, with Scottish music and commentary, also frequent stops for a "wee dram" too. Our hotel too was excellent, with good sized rooms that were very clean and well-appointed. Alison and Andrew gave us all a warm welcome and looked after us very well during our stay. All in all, an extremely memorable trip to a lovely peaceful island. I can't wait to visit again. Thanks once again.

We just finished the 4 day Islay tour. It was such a great experience! Great people on the tour to share our time with, very happy with the accommodations at the Bowmore Inn, and our tour guide Robert, well he just made the whole trip the absolute best!!! Learned so much about Scottish history and saw some really beautiful sights on the way to Islay and back. Very unique trip, definitely worth the cost and the trek to get there. Even if you're not a whisky drinker, but someone in your life is, highly recommend. Thank you Scottish Routes and especially Rob, for a wonderful experience.

We have just completed this tour - to celebrate husband’s 60th birthday. The whole trip was a wonderful experience. It included an incredibly scenic journey to catch the ferry at Kennacraig. Our stay at Bowmore House included fortifying breakfasts which are best described as banquets! Apart from sampling some incredible whiskey, we were thoroughly entertained by our knowledgeable hosts at each distillery. Our group included travelers from Sweden and the USA and were all great company. Our tour guide and driver, Duncan, made the traveling unforgettable with his amazing knowledge, humor, and perfect accompanying soundtrack!

It’s been 3 weeks since our Whisky tour and I have to say, not a day goes by that I don’t think about our fantastic “history book and driver”, Jamie, and the wonderful group we were blessed to hang with! We started our 2 week Scotland vacation with Scottish Routes and that was the best decision we could have ever made!! It went above and beyond my expectations!! Andrew and Allison from the Bowmore House were awesome and made sure that we were prepared for the day!! Jamie was a wealth of knowledge and a great storyteller. I’m looking forward to coming back to Scotland!! Thank you! Kathy.

I just finished the 4 day Islay whisky tour, and I loved it! The island is gorgeous, the people friendly, and the whisky delicious. Would love to go back another time. Our driver and tour guide, Jamie, was awesome, full of knowledge and facts, and a great driver. Especially considering the twisty unpredictable roads on Islay. No matter what, he handled it all. I hope that I'll get the pleasure of his expertise another time. Also a big shout out to The Bowmore House, the place was really nice, and the hosts Andrew and Alison extremely sweet and accommodating.

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Enjoy a truly 'spiritual' tour of Scotland.  A tailor made tour to your favourite whisky regions.  Your favourite distilleries.  Your favourite drams.  A fully customised private guided whisky tour across Scotland, where you experience the whisky distilleries, tours and tastings of your choice, taking in spectacular scenery, history and culture along the way.  

Our private whisky tours immerse you in the unique culture of Scotch whisky.  We can guide you through Scotland's distillery landscape, from the Lowlands, Highlands and Speyside to Islay, Jura and Campbeltown .  From the distilleries of the western isles to Orkney and the North Coast 500.  And from tours of our most iconic whisky brands to small farm distilleries, the newest start-ups to industrial scale producers. 

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Have you been wondering about Scotland Scotch Tours? I’ve got you covered!

Scotland has become synonymous with scotch and to truly experience the best of Scotland, you must take a scotch tour! From award-winning distilleries to well-crafted whisky tours, there’s no better way to discover the depth of flavor that Scotland has to offer than on a personal scotch tour.

I’ve taken several of the best Scotland scotch tours, so let me show you my favorite itineraries and distilleries – as well as some helpful tips for planning your own trip.

Read on to learn more about the ultimate Scotland Scotch Tour experience. By the end, you’ll be ready to book your own tour and explore the rich, exquisite flavors of Scotch whisky!  Cheers!  Slàinte mhath! (Good health!)  

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Scotch tours are a great way to learn about the history and production of one of Scotland’s most iconic exports. Taking a tour of one of Scotland’s renowned distilleries is an unforgettable experience, perfect for anyone who loves Scotch whisky.

On a scotch tour, you’ll get up close to where the magic happens – from the malting process and fermentation tanks to the whisky aging in oak casks. You’ll also learn about the different types of Scotch whisky, ranging from smoky Islay whiskies to smooth Speyside whiskies. You can even sample some of these unique spirits – giving you a better understanding of what makes Scotch so special.

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Visiting Edinburgh's Best: Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh, Scotland

1. Scotch Whisky Experience

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   Starts at 45 min 📍 LOCATION: 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh | ✅  Book it!

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh is an experience like no other for travelers heading to Scotland. It’s a one-of-a-kind, interactive multimedia tour that takes you through the history of Scotch whisky production with plenty of fun and educational facts along the way.

From there, you can sample up to three different malts depending on which package you pic, as well as learn how to nose and taste whisky like a pro.

Whether you’re a whisky novice or an enthusiast, it’s easy to get immersed in this world of malt and grain when visiting the Scotch Whisky Experience. With a wide range of activities on offer, you won’t be disappointed!

This is always on the top of my list when I bring people to Edinburgh! It is SO fun even for people who think they don’t like whisky. It is a legitimate ride that you get in that takes you through the whisky-making process before they explain to you about the different regions of Scotland that whisky comes from and what makes each unique.

It’s such an incredible experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Its ALWAYS on my small group tours ! They also have a restaurant downstairs, Amber, that is incredible. Definitely make a reservation though, it’s very popular.

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2. The Ultimate Whisky Experience from Edinburgh

⭐️  RATING:  4/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   10 hours | ✅  Book it!

Experience a whisky lover’s dream come true on the Ultimate Whisky Experience from Edinburgh! Get ready to be transported back in time as you visit historic sites and famous distilleries.

Start your journey by crossing the iconic South Queensferry Bridges, then visit Dewar’s Distillery, Aberfeldy, and Glenturrent Distillery – each one offering something unique and special for visitors.

Enjoy a guided tour of these locations, where you will learn about Scotland’s whisky culture, savor samples of world-renowned whiskies, and explore each of the stunning locales. Whisky lovers will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind adventure through Scotland!

The Ultimate Whisky Experience from Edinburgh offers its guests a unique and luxurious whisky-tasting experience. Guests can expect to sample some of the finest whiskies Scotland has to offer, as well as take part in an entertaining and educational whisky masterclass. Here are the top 3 benefits to the Ultimate Whisky Experience from Edinburgh:

What to expect:

1. Photo stop at Queensferry Bridge

2. Tour and Tasting at Dewar’s

3. Stop for lunch in Aberfeldy Village

4. Tour and tasting at Glenturret Distillery for £15

5. Roundtrip transportation to/from Edinburgh

“A wonderful experience all around!!! The scenery and whisky tours will not disappoint. Our guide, Stewart, was the best! He is friendly, informative and made the whole experience wonderful! Part of traveling for us is always meeting new people from around the world. Stewart made a point of knowing and acknowledging where everyone was from and we all enjoyed our time!” Susan_G, via Viator

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3. Whisky Distillery Trifecta – Macallan – Glenfiddich – Glenlivet

⭐️  RATING:  4.5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   12 hours | ✅  Book it!

Scotch enthusiasts don’t have to choose between these three iconic distilleries, you get them all: Macallan for its signature sherry-aged styles; Glenfiddich for its award-winning range of whiskies to suit all tastes; or Glenlivet for its complex array of candy fruits, delicate florals and subtle spices that are truly unique.

The Macallan distillery, located in Speyside, Scotland, is one of the oldest and most famous whisky distilleries in the world. From its humble beginnings over two centuries ago, it has grown to become the benchmark for premium single malt whiskies. Glenfiddich whisky is equally renowned within the Scotch whisky industry. Founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, Glenfiddich remains independent and family-owned even today. Its award-winning range of whiskies offers something for everyone from novices to experts alike; ranging from light and fruity to sweet and smoky variations. The Glenlivet Distillery was established by George Smith in 1824 and is today one of Scotland’s premier single malt whisky producers. Located on the banks of river Livet in Speyside, this historic distillery produces some of the most complex whiskies on offer.

What to Expect:

1. Three whisky distillery tour or tasting experiences

2. Substitute distillery admission if one of the ones above are closed

3. Private transport

“This tour was amazing. Billy was a great driver, a quick friend, very knowledgeable, and entertaining. Communication pre-tour was great, everything was very clearly laid out. No surprises, just fun. I know there are a lot of choices when you look to book these tours but I can’t imagine a better experience then the one we had through this trip.” Trent_S via Viator

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Scotland Whiskey Tour Itinerary Guides

1. 6 day whisky tour: unforgettable scotch whisky tour: edinburgh to islay.

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   6 Days | ✅  Book it!

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Come join us on our 6-day whisky tour to experience the best that Islay has to offer! We’ll be starting off in Edinburgh with a tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience where you can get up close and personal with some of Scotland’s finest whiskies and dinner at their restaurant, Amber.

We’ll also take you to Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace, must-see landmarks for any traveler coming to Scotland. Afterwards, we’ll head west to Oban where you can take in the sights and enjoy some local seafood dishes.

Finally, our tour will take the ferry over to Islay where we will be staying for the next four nights stay. We’ll be visiting all the famous Islay distilleries – complete with whisky-tasting sessions – to cap off your whisky-filled journey. So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the world of scotch whisky in one of its most historic locations. Book your trip today and start planning your whisky-fueled adventure!

  • 6 nights hotel over 2 hotels
  • 6 Islay distilleries with tours and tastings
  • Scotch Whisky Experience with dinner
  • Tickets and audios guide for Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace
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  • Farewell dinner at The Devil’s Advocate in Edinburgh
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2. 3-Day Whisky Tour: Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

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The 3-Day Whisky Tour: Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh is a great way to explore Scotland’s whisky culture in one of Scotland’s whisky regions.

You go on a journey through some of the most iconic distilleries in all of Speyside, where you’ll learn about their unique traditions and techniques passed down over generations.

Plus, with two nights in a charming bed & breakfast, you’ll get to relax after your days exploring all that the Speyside region has to offer. Don’t pass up this chance to see one of the most beautiful regions in the country while indulging in local whisky – book your 3-Day Whisky Tour today!

  • 3-day whisky tour around the Speyside region of Scotland
  • Small group tour with a more personalized experience
  • Four distilleries including Dalwhinnie, Benromach and Glenlivet
  • Two nights in a B&B
“We were four couples on this excellent Speyside tour. Each day was outstanding. Our tour guide and driver was outstanding: knowledgeable, flexible and high quality!” John_W via Viator

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3. Scottish Whisky Distillery Tour

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Take a tour from Glasgow to visit 3 unique distilleries and learn the secrets behind making perfect-tasting whisky. These Scottish distilleries in the Highlands and Lowlands regions craft luxury spirits from local barley and spring water.

Taste the unique flavors that make each whisky distinct and hear the history of Scotland’s national drink. Even better, enjoy local shortbread while sampling a variety of whiskies!

This tour offers pick-up from Glasgow airport, Ocean Terminal or other locations. Let us know if you have a favorite distillery to visit. Our knowledgeable local driver will provide insightful commentary en route. Join them for an unforgettable whisky adventure!

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“Great Tour if you enjoy whiskey! Our guide was excellent! The transportation was very comfortable! When we come back in 2024 we will book other tours!” Ian_M via Viator

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Visiting Scotland is an incredible experience, but for those looking to fully immerse themselves in the culture and explore its history, a whisky tour is a must.

Not only can you sample some of Scotland’s best whiskies, and learn about their unique flavor profiles, but you can take home a bottle or two as souvenirs!

Why should I take a Scotland scotch tour?

A Scotland scotch tour offers an unparalleled experience in terms of the whisky and its history. You will be immersed in a unique culture and be able to observe how Scotland’s whisky has been produced and matured over centuries.

On top of this, you will have a chance to sample some of the world’s finest whiskeys from multiple distilleries. If you love whisky, then taking a Scotland scotch tour is something you should not miss out on!

What scotch tours are good for avoiding crowds?

The best way to avoid crowds while experiencing the beauty of Scotland’s whisky distilleries is to book a private scotch tour! With a private tour, you’ll have personalized guidance from an experienced whisky connoisseur and be able to explore the distillery in a more intimate way.

The smaller group size allows for more personalized attention from your guide and a more immersive experience. You’ll also get the chance to try rarer versions of Scotch that aren’t available on some of the larger tours.

No matter what kind of Scotch experience you’re looking for, booking a private scotch tour will give you the opportunity to avoid the crowds and gain an exclusive insight into Scotland’s whisky industry.

What is the prettiest distillery in Scotland?

The prettiest distillery in Scotland is undoubtedly the Glengoyne Distillery located in Dumgoyne, just outside Glasgow.

Its natural surroundings make it a stunning and picturesque spot, surrounded by rolling hills and ancient woodlands. The distillery has been producing whisky since 1833, and their whisky production process still follows traditional methods that have been passed down through generations.

The Glengoyne distillery offers tours of their facility as well as the chance to sample some of their products. They also offer a range of gift shop items made onsite with everything from single malt scotch whisky to souvenirs related to whisky production.

Where are most Scotch distilleries in Scotland?

The most well-known Scotch distillery region is Speyside, located in the North East of Scotland. It currently has the most Scotch distilleries with over 60 percent located in Speyside.

Other popular regions include Islay, which is located off the West Coast near Glasgow; and Highlands, which stretches from Inverness to Aberdeen. Each region has its own distinct style of whisky based on ingredients and methods used in producing them.

Can you stay at a distillery in Scotland?

Yes, you can stay at a distillery in Scotland! There is the Isle of Raasay Distillery Whisky Hotel which is a state-of-the-art facility with six rooms that can be booked individually or as a group.

Where is the Whisky Trail in Scotland?

The Whisky Trail in Scotland is a journey of discovery across the country to visit eight whisky distilleries where you can learn about and sample Scotland’s national drink.

The trail stretches from Speyside in the north of Scotland to Campbeltown in the south, with many stops in between, offering an insight into whisky-making practices and history. At each stop along the trail, you can explore the distillery grounds, taste samples from their selection of award-winning whiskies, and take part in masterclasses with local experts.

Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or just starting out on your whisky journey, you’ll find plenty of interesting facts and stories that will make your day truly unique!

Final Thoughts: Scotland Scotch Tour

Scotland is a paradise for whisky lovers looking to explore and expand their knowledge of Scotch whisky. With a Scotland Scotch Tour, you can explore the different regions, distilleries, and flavors of Scotland’s whisky offerings while traveling through this stunning country. You’ll learn about regional delicacies, popular distilleries, and unique blends that make up Scotland’s whisky culture. As you visit these famed locations and learn about all of the exciting varieties of Scotch whisky, your experience will be unforgettable. At the end of your tour, you’ll no doubt have had an amazing experience that you’ll never forget – but it doesn’t have to end there! Make sure to check out my Unforgettable Scotch Whisky Tour where you can find out more information about the trip as well as book your spot today. Now is your chance to explore Scotland in a way like never before!

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Unlock the Best of Scotland: Your 72-Hour Glorious Guide

I f there’s one thing to know about Scotland, it’s that 72 hours isn’t nearly enough time to take in this epic country and its variety of experiences. Nevertheless, we found ourselves with approximately three days to do exactly that and we definitely made the most of it. As one might expect, we weren’t able to visit certain cities or entire regions so we’ll throw them on our bucket list for next time (here’s looking at you, Islay). Until then, may our little travel guide offer you a glorious glimpse into this unique and incredible nation.

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Where we visited in scotland.

Our brief journey through Scotland spanned multiple cities and towns and made up part of a broader UK-based experience. We ended up cramming an impressive amount of activity into a 72-hour window but easily could have spent twice as much time in any given area, which isn’t to mention all the other areas we would have liked to visit. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Flew into the city of Aberdeen and drove to Dufftown.
  • Spent the night in Dufftown and drove back to Aberdeen the next day.
  • Spent the night in Aberdeen and took the train to the city of Edinburgh the next day.
  • Spent the night in Edinburgh and took the train to London the next day.

Located in the historic Speyside region, Dufftown—aka ‘The Malt Whisky Capital of the World’—reportedly produces more whisky than any other burgh in Scotland. Visitors come from near and far to visit a bounty of distilleries, including Mortlach, Glenfiddich , Balvenie , and others. Fun fact: a number of these distilleries take their names directly from geographical areas and landmarks. For instance, Glenfiddich was founded in the glen (i.e. valley) of the River Fiddich.

The drive into Dufftown from Aberdeen is almost exactly what someone would expect if they’ve ever heard anything about Scotland. Picture green hills filled with grazing sheep and cattle, rolled haystacks dispersed across dry farmland, and the occasional stone cottage and you get the idea. Should you be coming in from a city, the landscape provides a welcomed respite from any urban hustle and bustle.

Eat – Seven Stills French Restaurant and Malt Whisky Bar/Lounge

If you’re hoping to grab a delicious meal in Dufftown, this semi-private whisky lounge and restaurant would be the place to do it. Within a restored building, chef and co-owner Patrick draws from French and Scottish influences to whip up a menu of culinary delights. An adjoining whisky lounge and its impressive selection round out the one-of-a-kind experience.

Drink – Quaich Whisky Bar at The Craigellachie Hotel

Just a few minutes outside of Dufftown is the small village of Craigellachie, home to both the namesake distillery as well as Speyside legend The Macallan. It’s also where one will find ‘Scotland’s oldest whisky hotel,’ wherein lies the historic Quaich Whisky Bar. To enter this cushy domain is to spoil yourself silly with a selection of over 1,000 single malts from around the world.

Stay – The Highlander Inn

This modest inn across the street from The Craigellachie Hotel is more affordable and understated by comparison. Yet what it lacks in sophistication it makes up for in terms of authentic experience. Book a room upstairs and head down to the bar to discover another smorgasbord of whisky, including mega-rare expressions that you probably won’t find anywhere else. And when we say anywhere else, we mean anywhere else .

Do – Take a Tour of the Glenfiddich/Balvenie Distilleries

In an era where virtually every major distillery is owned by a massive conglomerate, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie make for brilliant exceptions. Founded by William Grant & Sons over a century ago, both distilleries are still family-owned and operated to this day. They also happen to sit right next to each other, allowing one to take two separate tours without leaving the general area.

At Glenfiddich, past and future collide by way of an operation that’s firmly committed to tradition while also continuing to expand. Over at The Balvenie, meanwhile, painstaking craftsmanship goes to superlative extremes (for example, they’re among the few whisky-makers that still perform their own floor maltings). Separately or together, the distilleries take up enough acreage to render the impression of a full-blown campus. No trip to Dufftown is complete without a stop here.

After an unforgettable experience in Dufftown and its surrounding environs, we cruised back to Aberdeen. Unfortunately, we arrived late in the day, spent the night on the outskirts of the city, and then disembarked the next morning. But we’ll be damned if we can’t throw out a few solid suggestions for any future travellers.

Stay – Maryculter House

Perched on a river bank and across from a golf course, Maryculter House has the unique power to make time stand still. This is the kind of hotel where a brass key gets you into your spacious room and where you’re always close to an epic view. Grab a delicious meal, sip on whisky, take in the surroundings, chat with strangers in the courtyard, and prepare to remember your stay for a long time to come.

Do – Take the Train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh

The train ride from Aberdeen to Edinburgh clocks in at about two hours and twenty minutes and frequently runs adjacent to the Scottish coastline, thereby offering no shortage of breathtaking views. It’s a seamless and comfortable ride that brings the country further into focus by way of land, sea, and quaint village alike.

And now for the main attraction! Voted by Time Out as the “best city in the world” in 2022, Edinburgh blows your mind from the moment you arrive. In any given direction is visually sumptuous and historic architecture, which doesn’t so much blend with the modern businesses as much as it does swallow them whole. Yes, you’ll find plenty of contemporary shops, bars, restaurants, municipalities, and businesses, and yet the centuries-old vibes persist via the clock towers, churches, castles, and cobblestones.

Speaking of castles, they’re so high in number that to visit them all would take up an entire day (if not more). Given that we were on a time crunch, we regrettably didn’t visit a single one and, therefore, didn’t include any in our guide. But based on reputation alone, landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse are surely worth checking out should you have the time.

So what did we do during our brief stay? Drank plenty of whisky, naturally. We also enjoyed an incredible dinner and toured a local distillery, amongst other things. Here are some suggestions.

Eat – Wedgwood the Restaurant

You wouldn’t expect Scotland to deliver one of our best dinner experiences in recent memory, but that’s exactly what we encountered at this fine dining establishment. The team of Paul and Lisa Wedgwood combines local ingredients with global influences to redefine Scottish cuisine for the modern era, bringing in an expertly curated wine selection and all-hands-on-deck service. We opted for a seasonal tasting menu and left no bite behind, as to do so would be to miss out on some truly spectacular flavours. We can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough.

Drink – The Waverley Bar

Edinburgh is absolutely littered with high-quality whisky bars so it’s hard to isolate one over the others. But if you’re looking for a nice selection at good prices in a no-frills setting, The Waverley Bar in Old Town easily fits the bill. It’s located just a short walk uphill from the Royal Mile, the area’s main thoroughfare.

Do – Take a Tour of Holyrood Distillery

If we told you there was just a single whisky distillery operating in all of Edinburgh, we wouldn’t blame you for Googling it to be sure. That distillery goes by the name of Holyrood and it’s so new that its most- anticipated output is still resting in the barrel. That debut single malt is right around the corner and its arrival is called…well…Arrival. In the meantime, they’ve been churning out a fantastic selection of gin, vodka, and new-make spirit (i.e. young whisky).

Do – The Scotch Whisky Experience

If you love whisky not just for the taste but for everything from the history to the bottle designs and more, then The Scotch Whisky Experience belongs on your list of things to do. It goes down near Edinburgh Castle and offers whisky-themed tours and tastings as well as an acclaimed restaurant. Oh, and did we mention it’s also home to one of the world’s largest bottle collections?

Stay – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

By Waldorf standards, this one on Princes St. is relatively affordable but still predictably luxurious. It’s also right next door to the Johnnie Walker Experience, which we visited —and absolutely loved—on a previous trip. When in Rome, drink whisky.

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This 7 day journey is an incredible introduction to Scotland. Visit iconic sites, experience the fabulous scenery of our National Parks, Glencoe Mountain Range, Culloden Battlefied, Loch Ness and awe inspiring Skye. A lifetime of memories awaits.

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DAY 1: DOUNE CASTLE, BLAIR ATHOL DISTILLERY & PITLOCHRY

Your adventure begins with a tour of Doune Castle. Few castles can boast thecelebrity status of Doune, near Stirling - built in the late 14th century, it achievedfame having been featured in the famous Monty Python film, ‘The Holy Grail’. Morerecently, it has also featured in T.V.s ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’. We thentravel to the quaint Victorian village of Pitlochry in ancient Perthshire for your first Malt Whisky experience as you enjoy a tour and tasting session at the famous Blair Athol Distillery. Finally, enjoy a stroll around Pitlochry’s traditional shops and craft stores before arriving at your hotel.

DAY 2: CAIRNGORM NATIONAL PARKS & CULLODEN

Enjoy the scenic journey through Cairngorms National Park, with its stunning mountains and ancient Caledonian Pine Forests. You’ll visit Culloden Battlefield & visitor centre and learn about Bonnie PrinceCharlie who, with his Jacobite Army, fought the last civil war on British soil in 1746. Culloden is also now another “Outlander” location with scenes being filmed at the real battlefield. Our next stop, Clava Cairns and Standing Stones, is a well-preserved Bronze-Age cairn and an incredible example of the historic architecture of the Highlands, dating back about 4,000 years. There will be free time to explore Inverness before heading to your hotel

DAY 3: EILEAN DONAN & LOCH NESS

Today we head for Skye - “The Misty Isle”, travelling through the village of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness then beautiful Glenshiel . We’ll visit one of Scotland’s most picturesque castles, Eilean Donan, which sits on its own small island at the head of Loch Duich. With a fascinating history, from raids and sieges to its destruction during the Jacobite rising in 1719, there will be plenty of opportunity for photographs of this breathtaking castle. After lunch, we go over the bridge to Skye and head straight for the Talisker Distillery where you’ll learn how this world class Malt is created and enjoy a dram or two before checking in to your hotel.

DAY 4: ISLE OF SKYE

Wake to the excitement of a day exploring the splendid scenery of the Isle of Skye. Touring the island, we pass through Broadford and the Cuillin Mountains to explore the capital of Portree which has an old-fashioned appeal with colourful houses and a traditional harbour. We’ll then explore the north of the island and the Trotternish Peninsula with it’s fabulous scenery and seascapes including The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Falls and the spectacularly bizarre scenery of the Quiraing. We’ll finish a memorable day at the famous Fairy Pools (weather permitting).

DAY 5: Skye Ferry, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument, Fort William

We’ll take the famous Skye boat to the harbour town of Mallaig then head along side Loch Morar, with wonderful views across the Sound of Arisaig to the Small Isles. After lunch, we reach the Glenfinnan monument on the shores of Loch Shiel which marks the spot where the 1745 Jacobite Rising began. This is also a great viewpoint for the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a renowned feat of Victorian engineering and known more recently for being featured as the famous bridge crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. The day ends with a visit to Ben Nevis Distillery, situated at the foot of the largest mountain in Scotland

DAY 6: Fort William, Loch Linnhe & Glencoe

Experience the Glencoe Mountain Range - we’ll stop for pictures of the famous ‘Three Sisters’ and hear stories of the historical significance and violent past of this famous Glen culminating in the massacre of Glencoe in 1692. Returning to Fort William, you’ll enjoy lunch and then visit the local museum with its fascinating artefacts. In the afternoon, get close to Lochaber’s wild heart on an enthralling boat tour. You’ll cruise down Loch Linnhe to see the local seal colony and take in the magnificent views on every side. Heading back, you’ll hopefully catch sight of the local dolphin pod. Look out for eagles as we head to the narrows of Loch Eil, and then on to the mouth of the world famous Caledonian Canal

DAY 7: Inverary Castle and Loch Lomond

This morning we make for Clan Campbell country to visit one of Scotland’s finest stately homes,Inveraray Castle & Gardens, a stunning building still owned by the Duke of Argyll and in recent times featured in the TV series Downton Abbey. We then head over the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ mountain pass stopping for some photographs at this beautiful and atmospheric landmark before continuing into Scotland’s first National Park. We’ll stop on the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond and walk the shores at the conservation village of Luss., We may even spot the odd Highland Cow !! It’s then time to head to your Glasgow or Edinburgh City Centre hotel, and the conclusion of your Top Scottish Tour.

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