This tour is a pilgrimage to my all-time favourite distilleries within reach of Edinburgh. These three remarkable producers are steeped in history and produce specialist lowland and highland drams including distillery reserve special releases.
The original distillery
Described as ‘The spiritual home of whisky’ Lindores Abbey Distillery‘s excise license dates from 1494. Having learned about distillation from the modern middle east, King James IV commissioned the monks of Lindores Abbey to turn 8 bolls of malt into ‘usquebaugh’ (or ‘the water of life’. After a hiatus of 523 years, Lindores is again the site for Whisky distillation and a visit to this historic location is an essential stop on any Scotch whisky journey. Learn about the production and taste the output overlooking the old Abbey ruins.
The longest producing distillery
Established in 1775, The Glenturret Distillery is a postcard worthy white-wash distillery in the rolling Perthshire hills. It holds the title of being the longest producing distillery in Scotland, steeped in tradition. Glenturret has a distinctive fruity flavour because of water sourced from Loch Turret and a hand-operated wooden rouser mash.
The Smallest distillery
Edradour is a cottage or ‘farm’ distillery nestled into hills of highland Perthshire. It is famed for being the smallest distillery in Scotland, giving it a unique place in Scotland and making its rare product much sought after. With an interesting history and using traditional techniques Edradour is worth the trip off the beaten path.
Please note Edradour hasn’t opened up since the pandemic so we are substituting either Aberfeldy or Blair Athol for now.
Along the way
You’ll pass historic places and landscapes that your guide will introduce and tell you more about along the road.
We recommend enjoying the fantastic charcuterie board at Lindores after the tour and tasting.