Speyside Whisky Trail
Departs on Mondays & Wednesdays from Edinburgh
Monday - April 1 to October 28, 2024
Wednesday - April 3 to March 26, 2025
A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries. Your 3 day adventure allows you to sit back and let us do the driving whilst you visit some of the finest whisky distilleries in Scotland and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside.
Stay 2 nights in Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorm National Park.
DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH: Edinburgh Bus Station, St. Andrew Square, EH2 2AD, Stance J & K.
Please meet at 8:30am. The tour departs at 8:45am on Day 1 and returns at approx. 6:30pm on Day 3
**distillery admissions included**
Dunkeld & Pitlochry
Please note – the itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season and may not be the same described below, However there will always be a minimum of 4 distillery visits during the tour.
- Travel through the inspirational landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park
- Sample your first delicious whisky of the tour
You head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery. This modern Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first ever recorded distiller in the country. After lunch in Pitlochry, you can sample the delights of Scotland’s highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, you continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey, your base for two nights.
Speyside & Grantown on Spey
- Understand the craftsmanship of the whisky cask at the Speyside Cooperage
A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, your first stop of the day is at Glen Moray*, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks. You travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage, where you see another aspect of the whisky making process.
After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here you travel back to Grantown-on-Spey.
Cairngorns & Braemar
- Visit Dalwhinnie, Scotland's highest distillery
- Venture through the dense woodland of the Hermitage
In the morning you visit Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. You then leave the Highlands and journey south to Perthshire. Pitlochry is your lunch stop and later you drive to the Hermitage to get close to nature. Here you can take a fantastic woodland walk amongst the tallest trees in Britain and admire the Black Linn Falls.
From here the route south takes you to Dunkeld, where you've got some time to explore, and then over the Firth of Forth and back to Edinburgh.
Please note that this itinerary and the distillery visits are subject to change.
- Cairngorm National Park
- The River Spey
- Speyside Cooperage (Wed departures only)
- Four Whisky Distilleries
- Royal Deeside
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Services of a professional local driver/guide
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full Scottish breakfast daily
- Includes tour & tasting at: Lindores Abbey, Glen Moray Distillery, Cardhu Distillery, Speyside Cooperage (from May 2024 onwards), Dalwhinnie Distillery