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Scotland Whiskey Trail

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 5 Reviews
Private tour to United Kingdom

Get a taste of Scottish whiskey-making traditions, perfectly blended with glorious historic castles. This customizable program takes you around the best distilleries in Scotland which you explore with expert guides and enjoy degustations. Plus, visits to centuries-old sites such as the Stirling Castle or the natural wonders like Loch Ness & Cairngorms National Park are included.

Scotland Whiskey Trail

9 days5 cities
United Kingdom1 country
Private tour to United Kingdom
From
$4,498
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 5 Reviews

Get a taste of Scottish whiskey-making traditions, perfectly blended with glorious historic castles. This customizable program takes you around the best distilleries in Scotland which you explore with expert guides and enjoy degustations. Plus, visits to centuries-old sites such as the Stirling Castle or the natural wonders like Loch Ness & Cairngorms National Park are included.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh

first destination

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh has stunning architecture including the Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival to Edinburgh
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the gorgeous ancient city - Edinburgh! Upon arrival, you are met by your driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Edinburgh Royal Mile & Distillery Tour
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

The day is dedicated to the exploration of the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! Following breakfast, you meet with a guide in a lobby to set off on a tour of the Royal Mile. Your tour includes a tour inside of the Edinburgh Castle to explore this famous fortification and enjoy great panoramic views of the city. After the tour (around 4 hours) you return to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you take a short walk to the Holyrood Distillery and enjoy a 1-hour group tour. Here a local guide introduces you to the world of flavor, you learn about both malt whiskey and gin production, and enjoy spirit samples along the way.

  • Note: transportation for the tour is not included. The distillery is located within walking distance from the hotel.

Breakfast and tasting included.

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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Edinburgh
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The beautiful Hilton Edinburgh Carlton boasts a great location near Edinburgh’s old town. All guest rooms are cozy and spacious and provide free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a sitting area, and a private bathroom.

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Edinburgh
Pitlochry
8 hrs

Enjoy a comfortable journey with our experienced driver while traveling across numerous authentic towns and picturesque sceneries. 

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Pitlochry

second destination

Pitlochry might seem small at first, however, the range of activities is as wide as could be. With numerous possibilities for outdoor leisure, such as cycling, white water rafting, and even bungee jumping, Pitlochry travel is truly an unforgettable experience.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a heritage country house hotel
Day 3
Stirling Castle, Dunkeld & Arrival to Pitlochry
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast and check-out from your hotel in Edinburgh, you start off on the journey across Scotland with your driver-guide. Your day starts with a visit to the city of Stirling, Scotland's heritage capital which is the home to the finest collection of historic buildings in Scotland. Here you visit the Royal Palace, the jewel of Stirling Castle's crown and view the King and Queen's apartments. You also see the original, famous Stirling Heads and the wonderful Royal Kitchens.

Then you continue your journey to the lovely village of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay. Here you find the Hermitage - a protected site featuring a stretch of magical Perthshire forest. Also known as part of the Perthshire Big Tree Country the Hermitage is home to the giant Douglas fir that you can admire while you make your way to the Black Linn waterfall.

Right after Dunkeld, you have a stop at the Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery* to discover the beautifully balanced single malt whiskey and enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour inside. Here you visit the warehouse, see the heritage exhibition, and have a single tasting from the range of fine Scotch whiskeys.

  • Note: visitors must wear sensible footwear on the distillery tour (no high heels or open-toed shoes permitted). From November to March the distillery is closed on Sunday.

Today your journey ends in Pitlochry, a cozy resort town located amongst the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire. Your driver-guide takes you to the hotel for check-in and you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast and whiskey tasting included.

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Country House Hotel
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Escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities and take in the authentic local atmosphere, staying in a stylish country house hotel. Perfectly reflecting local customs and heritage, such hotels are nice examples of traditional local architecture, having top-notch amenities at the same time. Find more examples of country house hotels we offer in the gallery.

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Pitlochry
Inverness
8 hrs

Enjoy the scenic route from Pitlochry to Inverness on a private transfer with our experienced driver.

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Inverness

third destination

Inverness is undoubtedly a must-visit while in the Scottish Highlands! Full of myths and legends, spectacular nature and man-made wonders, the city is home to the monumental Inverness Castle, as well as the famous Loch Ness.

2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a heritage country house hotel
Day 4
Cairngorms National Park Tour & Arrival to Inverness
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

After breakfast and check-out from the Pitlochry hotel, prepare for an exciting day of touring. Your driver-guide meets you at the hotel lobby and you start your journey towards Inverness. First, you enjoy a tour of the Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private regiment, the Atholl Highlanders and discover the unique story of this castle.

As you drive north into the Cairngorms National Park you take in the amazing scenery, learn some more about the wonderful wilderness of Scotland: five of the six highest mountains of United Kingdom are located within the park, huge forests of ancient native trees are found here as well as cascading waterfalls and rich wildlife.

You then continue to Culloden Moor - the site of the final Jacobite Rising where the Jacobites were finally defeated by government soldiers in 1746. Explore the Culloden Visitor Centre, located beside the battlefield, that features artifacts of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict.

Your last stop for today is a visit to the 4000-year-old Bronze Age cemetery complex, Clava Cairns. This exceptionally well preserved prehistoric site casts a light upon the distant history of Highland Scotland.

Finally you are taken to your hotel for an overnight in Inverness.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Malt Whiskey Trail
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast in the hotel, you meet with your private driver-guide and embark on a relaxed trip to discover whiskey distilleries of the Highlands. Your first stop today is at the Glen Moray Distillery Elgin and here you have a tasting of 4 drams from traditional single malt range. Continue with the Glenfiddich Distillery Dufftown which is one of the last independent distilleries in Scotland, maintaining the tradition of innovation with a pioneering spirit. 

In the Dufftown, you also have a short walk to discover remaining of the curtain-walled Balvenie Castle. It was built in the 1200s and still have fine Renaissance details inside.

After Dufftown, you can either choose to travel to the lovely town of Keith, the home of one of the oldest distilleries in Moray Speyside - Strathisla, or head to the Glenlivet Distillery, operating almost continuously since it was founded in 1824.

After the tour, you return to the hotel in Inverness.

Breakfast and tasting included.

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Country House Hotel
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Escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities and take in the authentic local atmosphere, staying in a stylish country house hotel. Perfectly reflecting local customs and heritage, such hotels are nice examples of traditional local architecture, having top-notch amenities at the same time. Find more examples of country house hotels we offer in the gallery.

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Inverness
Fort William
4 hrs

Let our experienced driver take care of your journey from Inverness to Fort William, while you sit back and enjoy the surroundings and authentic towns on the way. 

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Fort William

fourth destination

Home to the highest peak in the United Kingdom, the imposing Ben Nevis, Fort William is a town loved by professional climbers and tourists likewise.

1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a heritage country house hotel
Day 6
Loch Ness & Fort William Distillery Tour
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride
Tasting
Tasting

In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel in Inverness and the next stop of your half-day tour on the way to Fort William is the famous Loch Ness. Scotland's legendary lake - best known for the alleged sightings of a monster. Here you enjoy an informative expedition coupled with comfort and great service on board the spacious boat.

After the 1-hour cruise* on Loch Ness, you drive along the Caledonian Canal and arrive in Fort William. Before check-in at the hotel, you are taken to one of the smallest and at the same time finest distilleries of Scotland. Here you have a guided tour and have a dram of Oban 14-year-old and a dram of Oban Little Bay.

  • Note: a cruise on the lake is available from April 16 till October 15.

Afterward, you check-in your hotel in Fort Wiliam and the rest of the evening is at your own leisure.

Breakfast and tasting included.

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Country House Hotel
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Escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities and take in the authentic local atmosphere, staying in a stylish country house hotel. Perfectly reflecting local customs and heritage, such hotels are nice examples of traditional local architecture, having top-notch amenities at the same time. Find more examples of country house hotels we offer in the gallery.

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Fort William
Glasgow
6 hrs

Let our experienced driver take you through some of the most picturesque sceneries in the area, including the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, while on your way to Glasgow. 

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Glasgow

fifth destination

The bustling port city of Glasgow is one of the most impressive amalgams of heritage and entertainment of Scotland. Home to unique sights such as the Glasgow Cathedral, this city is surely worth exploring.

3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 7
Scenic Drive to Glasgow via Glen Coe & Inveraray Castle
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

After breakfast and check-out from your hotel in Fort William, you meet the driver-guide and continue the trip. Your day starts with a scenic drive to Glen Coe, which is considered as one of the most spectacular drives in Scotland. This narrow valley of Glen Coe is where the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692. Glen Coe with its mountain peaks carved out by the glaciers and volcanic explosions is also an iconic film location: it is featured in the James Bond's Skyfall and Harry Potter movies. Here you have a chance to visit the Glencoe Visitor Center and Exhibition (entrance tickets not included).

One of the main highlights on your way to Glasgow is the amazing Inveraray Castle features in Downtown Abbey. You will visit the romantic Castle & Gardens on the shores of Loch Fyne and discover one of Scotland’s finest stately homes.

After the tour, you make your way to Glasgow and on the way, you travel along the Loch Lomond and the western part of Trossachs National Park. Your driver-guide then takes you to the centrally located hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Glasgow City & Whiskey Tour
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast in your hotel, meet your guide and start a 4-hour walking tour to explore the gems and the great historical importance of Glasgow. This port city on the River Clyde, famous for its shipbuilding industry, is famed for its outstanding Victorian and art nouveau architecture, fine art museums and excellent shopping opportunities. Following the tour, you may visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Burrell Collection.

In the afternoon, after a break, we have planned for you a very special small group tour dedicated to whiskey. It combines a great story, telling about the famous local whiskey distilleries and the history of the drink itself. You meet your group guide and enter 4 finest whiskey venues in Glasgow to try at least 5 premium malt Scotch whiskeys. Moreover, during the tour, you also learn how to find a perfect match of whiskey and food as well as how to use this Scottish national drink for making amazing cocktails.

After the tour, you return to the hotel or may continue an exploration of the city on your own.

Breakfast and tastings included.

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Day 9
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your Scotland adventure! In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel and the driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

We hope you had a journey of a lifetime and we will be looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at downtown hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and heritage country house hotels in Pitlochry, Inverness and Fort William;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Private transportation with a driver-guide between cities;
  • Cruise on Loch Ness;
  • Entrance tickets to: Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Blair Castle, Inveraray Castle;
  • Group guided tours and tasting at distilleries: Holyrood, Dewar’s Aberfeldy, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, Oban;
  • Tastings at distilleries: Moray Speyside or Glenlivet Distillery;
  • Small group whiskey tour in Glasgow;
  • All tourist fees & taxes, including tourist city taxes;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.​

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest
  • Your own professional local guides
  • Full flexibility of hotel options
  • Exciting whiskey tours with local experts
  • Visits to 4 castles across Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Blair Castle, Inveraray Castle
  • Cairngorms National Park tour
  • An exciting boat ride on Loch Ness Lake

What To Know

  • All transactions in the United Kingdom happen in British Pounds (often called Pound Sterlings). It's best to prepare some cash prior your trip.
  • Tips to guides and drivers in the United Kingdom are up to your discretion. In restaurants, typically you could just round up the bill to the nearest pound or include a standard 5-10% tip from the total amount.
  • Weather in the United Kingdom is unpredictable, make sure to pack an umbrella.
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