The Malt Whisky Trail private tour from Edinburgh2023-08-28T14:01:12+00:00

One of our most famous (and most exported) products, the ‘water of life’ is synonymous with Scotland. There are over 20 million casks in bonded warehouses maturing, that’s 4 casks for every member of the Scottish population!

A whisky tour of Scotland includes visits to some of Scotland’s best known distilleries but also some rare distilleries that are off the beaten track. Of course the most important part of any whisky tour is your guide to ensure your safe carriage from distillery to distillery and tell you about some of the sights that we pass on the road.

Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the narrow back roads 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.

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  • Lunch (we can recommend a place)
  • Entrance into attractions & sites
  • Gratuities (optional)

This whisky day trip from Edinburgh is a great opportunity to explore some of the Lowland whisky regions finest venues and sample their products! Along the way we will travel through some stunning scenery and see some history as we continue our journey. During the trip you’ll experience a full production tour at one the distilleries we visit and enjoy a tasting and informative introduction at two other distilleries.

Lindores Abbey Distillery

The oldest distillery in Scotland, the original excise license dates back to 1494 when King James IV commissioned the monks of Lindores Abbey to turn 8 bolls of malt into ‘Aqua Vitae’. After a pause of some 500 years, Lindores is again making Whisky and whilst their first production is still maturing, a visit to this historic location is well worth the journey.

Glenturret Distillery

Established in 1775, The Glenturret is a quaint distillery in the rolling Perthshire hills near Crieff. The distillery is steeped in tradition and has the last remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland, using a wooden rouser to hand mash and the water is sourced from the local Loch Turret to give the whisky its distinctive fruity flavour.

Deanston Distillery

The building and heritage of Deanston actually started in a very different industry. Cotton Milling was a profitable and flourished in Scotland. The mill, on the banks of the river Teith employed so many people that a dedicated town was constructed to house the workforce. A decline in the cotton industry saw the mill close in 1965 but in 1974 a new lease of life was given to Deanston as a distillery.

Along the way

We will see many historic places on our journey that your guide will introduce and tell you more about. Those include The Forth Bridges, Doune Castle, Stirling Castle and The Kelpies to name a few.

As ever if there is anything in particular that you would like to see or a particular distillery that is within reach of Edinburgh we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.


Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tour’s route…

November 21, 2019 2:53 pm
  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 142 miles
  • Time 4 h 14 min
  • Speed 33 mph
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These are some of the frequently asked questions about our The Malt Whisky Trail private 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

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