Speyside Whisky Trail
Departs on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from Edinburgh
Monday - April 27 to October 12, 2020
Wednesday - March 4 to 25, 2020 | April 1 to December 16, 2020 | plus March 3 to 31, 2021.
Friday - April 3 to October 30, 2020
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 9:00am. The tour departs at 9:15am on Day 1 and returns at approx. 6:30pm on Day 3
Dunkeld & Pitlochry
For the Friday departures - days 1 and 3 of the itinerary will be reversed and the tour does not visit the Speyside Cooperage.
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 the family owned Benromach Distillery, where you can go on a personalised tour. 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 here or in nearby Aberlour, you visit Glenfiddich Distillery, home to the world’s most popular single malt. Tradition and passion have shaped the distinctive flavours of this Speyside favourite since the Grant family first started distilling in this area more than 130 years ago. From here, you travel back to Grantown on Spey.
*Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.
Cairngorns & Braemar
- Admire the peaks of the famous Cairngorms National Park
- Walk in the footsteps of the Royal Family in the beautiful Royal Deeside region
In the morning you visit Glenlivet, which is both a distillery and a beautiful glen with serene walks and wonderful wildlife. You then enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside. You pass by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Perthshire, 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