Speyside Whisky Private day tour from Edinburgh2023-05-22T14:45:25+00:00

The Speyside Whisky day tour from Edinburgh is the perfect opportunity to experience three of Scotland’s most iconic whisky distilleries in undoubtably the most famous whisky region in the world.

Departing from Edinburgh this tour not only takes in some stunning distilleries, but also some beautiful scenery and historic locations along the road.

Your driver and private tour guide will explain the story of these places with stories and folklore as you travel between whisky distilleries.

Each one of our private tours is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the road north to Speyside and the narrow back roads of this beautiful region of Scotland.

Your knowledgable kilt-wearing private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.


  • Departs Edinburgh: 8am
  • Returns Edinburgh: 7pm - 8pm

This tour doesn't run in December or January because of lack of daylight hours



  • Lunch / drinks
  • Entrance to distilleries

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This long-day tour includes quite a lot of travelling but is a very rewarding day. However, if you have more time and prefer to experience speyside at a more relaxed pace, perhaps our two day Speyside whisky tour is better suited to your needs?

Each tour we operate is completely customisable to your interests and desired distilleries. Below are a few of our favourite whisky distilleries to visit but if you have a particular Speyside whisky distillery that you want to see, we can make that happen in the day from Edinburgh.

Typically we will visit one distillery for a full production tour and tasting and then enjoy whisky flights at two other distilleries with time for lunch at one of the riverside taverns along the Spey.

The Macallan Distillery

The Macallan Distillery is a major step away from the traditional image of a whisky distillery. The distillery traces its routes back to 1824, however a new and striking visitor centre opened its doors in 2018. The building is a unique blend of steel, glass and nature, brought together to create an awe-inspiring destination in Speyside.

We visit the Elchies Brasserie for lunch. The Brasserie offers inspired Scottish dishes matched to the Speyside setting. After lunch we visit the Macallan bar to discover their fine whisky range.

Please note that The Macallan is currently only avaialble Saturday & Sunday on a very restricted basis


Established by John and Helen Cumming, these trailblazing whisky entrepreneurs have a fascinating story that is told through the Cardhu whisky tour experience. started in 1811 John had a reputation as a whisky smuggler but it was his wife who was selling bottles of whisky from the kitchen window.

Seeing the opportunity of The Excise Act of 1823, John Cumming built a new distillery further down the valley. John Walker & Sons took control of Cardhu in 1893 and today the quaint distillery is known as the ‘Speyside home of Johnnie Walker’.

Strathisla Distillery

Established in 1786, Strathisla is the oldest working distillery in the Highlands. Located in the quaint town of Keith it was the first distillery owned by the Chivas Brothers of Chivas Regal fame and Strathisla produces both a fantastic Single Malt and is the soul of each and every Chivas Regal bottle.

The Glenlivet Distillery

Founded in 1824, Glenlivet is the largest producer of single Malt Whisky in Scotland. On the 75 minute tasting tour you will learn how the distillery works and of course have a dram or two of this iconic distilleries whisky. If you prefer not to take the guided distillery tour at this location you can instead experience a whisky ‘flight’ (tasting).

Along the road

As well as visiting these world-renowned distilleries there is plenty of scenery and history along the route. We will pass famous landmarks including The Forth Bridges, Pitlochry for comfort stop, Ruthven Barracks and travel through the stunning Cairngorm National Park.


Distilleries are subject to availability and where one of our suggested distilleries is not available a suitable alternative will be provided based on your preferences


Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tour’s route, but we can add in and remove anything you want

September 23, 2020 1:17 pm
  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 357 miles
  • Time 7 h 34 min
  • Speed 47 mph
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These are some of the frequently asked questions about our Speyside Whisky Private day tour from Edinburgh, however if you have a specific question please contact us

Can I customise the tour?2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Yes, we can customise any itinerary. We’ll email you shortly after booking to ask if you have any customisation requests and suggest additions you may wish to make.

Can the tour start at the airport / cruise port2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Yes, we regularly pick up guests from the airport or cruise port. Read more about shore excursions from cruise ships

Do I need to bring anything with me?2022-11-15T14:45:22+00:00

We recommend bringing a jacket (even if the forecast is good!) and comfortable shoes. We’ll provide everything else including umbrellas, binoculars refreshments and a wee treat or two!

Do you provide car seats for children?2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Yes, by law children under 135cm (4.4 foot) must travel in a booster seat. We can also provide baby seats. Please advise us if you need this.

How do I pay for the tour2022-11-15T14:42:58+00:00

When you book you pay a 20% deposit. The final payment is due on the date of departure and is taken from your card automatically. We don’t accept cash for your tour payment.

I need to change my tour date2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

No problem, as long as we have availability we can change the tour date. The deposit is transferable to your new date

What about ‘comfort stops’2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

There are plenty of toilet opportunities! Each of our tours is designed to have regular breaks and tour guide can accommodate most requests for bathroom stops.

What about lunch on tour2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Scotland is full of amazing places to eat and we’ll recommend stops that champion the best in Scottish quality and make the most of your time.

What is the maximum number of guests2022-11-15T14:41:56+00:00

We have two versions of our minivan; either 6 or 7 passengers. Find out more about our premium minivans

Where do I meet the tour2022-11-15T14:41:56+00:00

We pick you up from your hotel or accommodation. In some instances parking in the city centre is restricted so there might be a short walk to your vehicle, but your guide will walk with you to the vehicle.



We are passionate, professional and full of personality. Let us share our knowledge of Scotland


We’ll collect & return you at the start and end of the tour


`Chilled, premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided


Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 guests and their bags


Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi


  • Thomas W

    Guide picked us up and dropped us off on time (very important since we were coming from a cruise ship) and was very friendly and knowledgeable. Drove us to all the key points of interest, and the van was very clean and comfortable. Communication from [...]

    Published On: October, 2023
  • T Miller

    From the moment Sandy picked us up, we knew we were in for a wonderful day trip experience around Edinburgh. His historical knowledge of the city and surrounding area is top notch! He tailored our day to take in some hidden gems and provided us [...]

    Published On: October, 2023
  • Annemarie D

    We had so much fun with Andy! He was a pleasure to spend an afternoon with. We visited Rosslyn Chapel and some other places that were in keeping with our interests, like the oldest pub in Scotland (I know, many make the claim, but I'm [...]

    Published On: September, 2023
  • Mary Carol S

    Fantastic day with Michael! Great views of Loch Lamond. A nice hike and lunch there as well. Michael was really informative about Sterling Castle and all of Glasgow. I would highly recommend this tour and Michael.

    Published On: September, 2023
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