From the soft smokiness of a Highland single malt to the salty bite of the whiskies of Islay, from the peak of Ben Nevis to the meadows of the Lowlands, Scotland is a country filled with contrasts and complexity. This is the tour of Scotland that will show you all of it and introduce you to the magic of the majestic land.
Touching Down in Scotland the Brave
Your unique and unforgettable journey through Scotland’s greatest islands and best distilleries begins on the outskirts of its capital city, as you land today outside of enchanting Edinburgh. A private car leads you through the route formerly used by whisky smugglers and illicit distillers to the famous region of Speyside, the heart of Scotland’s whisky region. Here, you’ll find more single malt distilleries than anywhere else on the island, and your tour of this remarkable area begins at the Edradour Distillery, reputed to be the smallest in Scotland with a weekly production of just 18 casks of Scotch a week.
The tour will give you a glimpse at how a small-scale distiller goes about plying their trade, from smoking the peat to making the mash to turning it into the final product, and it concludes with two drams of Edradour’s single malt whisky and a nosing glass for you to enjoy them to the fullest. From here you climb the Highland ridges past the elegant white façade of Blair Castle, the ancestral home of Clan Murray and the site of the second-tallest tree in Great Britain, as well as the former bagpipes of Charles Edward Stuart, the Jacobean pretender to the English crown better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Then it’s on to the famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest distillery in the country, set in the spectacular mountain scenery that rises more than 1,000 feet above sea level.
Following the fascinating tour of this one-of-a-kind facility, you’ll visit the world renowned Macallan Distillery, where an informative and engaging tour awaits. You’ll learn all about the history of this third-largest distillery, from its celebrated past to its promising future, and get a taste of one of its famous single malt. The evening is spent at a nearby hotel.
North to the Heart of the Highlands
Heading Out to the Inner Hebrides
Memorials to Famous Scots and the Country’s Tallest Mountain
Back to Scotland’s Wild West Coast
Into Islay, One of Scotland’s Most Famous Whisky Regions
The Twisting Fingers of Scotland’s Western Peninsulas
- Visit some of Scotland’s oldest and most important archaeological sites as well as the monuments to Scottish heroes that dot the country from the Firth of Forth to the Outer Hebrides
- Take in the scenery and the landmarks of the spectacular Isle of Skye, from the Old Man of Storr to the rugged country known as The Trotternish
- Explore the great former fortresses of Scotland, like Torosay, Duart, and Dunvegan Castle
- Tour some of the country’s best known distilleries, from the tiny farmhouse distillery of Edradour to the world-famous Macallan distillery, and from Talisker to Tobermory
While oenophiles might make their way to Burgundy or Bordeaux and beer lovers head to Belgium and Germany, there is no place for whisky connoisseurs like Scotland, the center of the single malt world. This eight-day best of Scotland's distilleries and island hopping tour will take you through Scotland’s whisky-producing regions, from the eastern Highlands to the western islands, while showing off some of the most magnificent scenery in the entire country.
Start at Scotland’s east coast, traveling north from Edinburgh and visiting the Highland distilleries at Edradour, Dalwhinnie and Macallan, as well as the gorgeous Highland interior. Next, turn west to Scotland’s rugged seaside coast, from the magnificent islands of the Inner Hebrides and the Small Isles, filled with some of the most interesting and diverse distilleries in the country, like Talisker on the Isle of Skye. Conclude your incredible island hopping tour at famous Islay and the Kintyre Peninsula, where some of the most flavorful malts in the country are created and where the wild scenery is as bold as the region’s whiskies.
This is a vacation for nature buffs and bon vivants, for lovers of fine food and scintillating scenery, and for any who are looking for a truly unique exploration of one of the most fascinating countries on Earth. If you’ve ever wanted to discover the many offerings of Scotland, from the waters of Loch Ness to the water of life, then we have just the vacation for you.
$3,115 per person (excluding international flights)
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