Speyside Whisky Trail

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Speyside Whisky Trail

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Speyside Whisky Trail

Tour length

3 days



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, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
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**




Cairngorms National Park

Depart 08:45

You head north through the Kingdom of Fife, to your first distillery; Lindores Abbey. This is a modern Scottish distillery built on the site of the first-ever recorded distiller in the country in 1494. Visit this site to discover the historic legacy of the area blended with innovation and sustainable practices all captured in their fine whisky.

Continue north towards the UK's largest National Park, Cairngorms National Park. This will be a stunning drive, so keep your cameras ready. You stop in Braemar and have some time for lunch and a little explore.
A bite to eat is a good idea though because your next stop is the Whisky Castle. This whisky emporium has been selling the finest malt whiskies for over 120 years and is stocking over 600 malts. Savour three Speyside whiskies to get familiar with a distinctive taste of this region.

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.

Overnight Grantown-on-Spey



Speyside & Grantown on Spey

Time for some fun. Today you spend the whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. Your first stop is 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.

After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you travel along the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage*, where you see another aspect of the whisky making process. After a scenic drive towards the coast, you head to Glen Moray**, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks.

Time permitting, your driver-guide might stop in at Sueno's Stone for a quick photo, where you can admire this incredible Pictish standing stone. From here you travel back to Grantown-on-Spey.

Overnight Grantown-on-Spey

*Speyside Cooperage is visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.




Pitlochry & Dunkeld

Return 18:30

In the morning get ready for a whisky and chocolate tasting at Dalwhinnie Distillery, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. 

You then leave the Highlands and journey south to Perthshire. Lying in the heart of Scotland, Pitlochry is a beautiful little town with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The time is yours to explore and have some lunch. 

Next, you stop for a walk among towering Douglas firs in the Hermitage, a lovely forest with a roaring waterfall. From here the route south takes you to the stunning wee village of Dunkeld, where you've got some time to explore before heading to your final whisky experience of the tour. 

You then over the Firth of Forth, take in the magnificent South Queensferry bridges, and head back into Edinburgh.  Arrival time is approximately 18:30.

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.  

2024 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single B&BDouble B&BSingle HotelDouble Hotel
May 27-May 31$1059.00$1059.00$879.00$879.00$1229.00$1229.00$989.00$989.00
Jun 1-Sep 30$1089.00$1089.00$909.00$909.00$1259.00$1259.00$1019.00$1019.00
Oct 1-Oct 31$1059.00$1059.00$879.00$879.00$1229.00$1229.00$989.00$989.00
Nov 1-Dec 16$1019.00$1019.00$839.00$839.00$1189.00$1189.00$949.00$949.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrance fees to visitor attractions not listed in inclusions. 

No children under the age of 18 are allowed on this tour.  
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.
Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 14kg (31lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

Tour Highlights

  • Dunkeld
  • Cairngorm National Park
  • The River Spey
  • Elgin
  • Speyside Cooperage (Wed departures only)
  • Four Whisky Distilleries
  • Royal Deeside

Tour Inclusions

  • 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 accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Includes tour & tasting at: Lindores Abbey, Glen Moray Distillery, Cardhu Distillery, Dalwhinnie Distillery and Speyside Cooperage (from May 2024 onwards),

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