Speyside is home to more whisky distilleries than anywhere else. With some 50 distilleries in the Spey valley the choices are endless for distillery tours, tastings and of course to pick up your favourite bottle (or two)!
Not only does Speyside offer a great variety of distilleries to explore, but the route from Edinburgh also offers fantastic lowland and highland distilleries that are well worth calling at along the way.
Each one of our private tours is conducted in our premium Mercedes Benz minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the narrow back roads of the highlands.
Your knowledgable kilt-wearing driver & 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.
Price for this tour
£950 per person
Based on two people in a double or twin room. See calendar below for group size prices
- All-inclusive private tour
- Dedicated private tour guide and driver
- Contemporary accommodation at Muckrach Country House Hotel
- Accommodation on a dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
- Tour or tasting entry to all distilleries listed
- Tour of Cooperage including 4D experience
- All travel costs
- Luxury Mercedes tour van
- Gratuities (optional)
EXAMPLE DISTILLERIES WE VISIT ON THIS TOUR…
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.
The smallest distillery in Scotland and run by only two men, Edradour (Gaelic for ‘between two rivers’) is located on Ben Vrackie Spring, just outside the picture-postcard town of Pitlochry in Perthshire. Established in 1825 it is nestled into the rolling hills it is a nice stop just off the main road north.
The highest distillery in Scotland, Dalwhinnie’s history dates back to 1897. It’s location is on a bleak and desolate hillside where two old drovers roads met. When the railway arrived in the highlands it was the perfect setting for a distillery and the local founders John Grant, George Sellar and Alexander Mackenzie established the now internationally famous brand.
Although near the Speyside region, Tomatin is technically a highland malt. Local folklore suggests that whisky has been produced here since the 15th century when drovers (cattle herders) would stop to fill their horns with whisky. An official distillery is recognised as being established in 1897. It’s location close to Inverness provided amble custom and it’s water was sourced from Alt na Frith, running from the Monadhliath Mountains.
Situated in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan distillery is the second-largest whisky producer in Scotland. The whisky is offered in various guises (mostly because of the different oaks it is aged in). It came from humble beginnings, founded in 1824 by local school teacher Alexander Reid and has become the official whisky of the speaker of the House of Commons.
In July 2019 a brand new £140 million visitor experience opened its doors and a year afterwards the building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture.
Located just outside Aberlour visit the only working Cooperage in Scotland, where oak whisky barrels are created, refreshed and prepared for ageing of Scotch Whisky. Using ancient techniques up to 5000 years old watch the masters at work and witness the sights, sounds and smells of the working cooperage.
SUGGESTED TOUR ROUTE…
Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tours route, but we can add in and remove anything you want
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 390.15 miles
- Time 8 h 40 min
- Speed 45 mph
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ALL OF OUR TOURS COME COMPLETE WITH…
KILT WEARING TOUR GUIDE
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Patrick M, January 2020
Sean was our travel expert and he was very knowledgeable. He is wonderful guide, safe driver and avid historian