Islay Whisky n Ale tours

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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4 DAY MEGA SPEYSIDE WHISKY & CRAFT ALE TOUR!!

This tour takes you to into the Scottish Highlands and the heart of ‘Malt Whisky Country’. You will experience stunning scenery, hear tales of Scotland’s history and uncover the secrets of our national drink.

Whisky or Whiskey? To which ever you prescribe, but only after realizing the subtle and dramatic differences between the two, although it can be clearly identified that the same result is waged.

Whiskey and whisky, the superfluous “e” is anything but, and though both are pronounced the same (hwis-kee) each spelling denotes a different product. The Scotch and Canadians produce whisky, while the Irish and Americans produce whiskey. While “whisky” was the original spelling – accurately, the original bastardization of the Gaelic word uisce beatha meaning “water of life” – American and Irish distillers adopted “whiskey,” with the extra “e”, in the late 1800’s to signify a level of quality.

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The Cooper at work… his barrels make the finest Malt Whisky and often end up in the attics of the Balsamico makers in Modena, Italy.

However, today the merit of the extra “e” is not withstanding. The Scotch, the Canadians, even the Japanese, all minus the “e”, have examples of outstanding whiskies, many of which are highly sought on the international market.

Malt whisky FWT

For us of course Scotch Whisky is the only one!!

Lecht in July FWT


Included on our fabulous tour

  • Minibus transport (max 16 guests so please book early!)
  • 3 nights B&B accommodation
  • Services of a professional driver / guide
  • Tour and tasting at the brand new Kingsbarns Distillery
  • Warehouse experience and tasting at Royal Lochnagar Distillery
  • A connoisseur’s tour and tasting at Glenfarclas Distillery
  • A visit to the Speyside Cooperage
  • A ‘Casks from the Past’ tasting at Aberlour Distillery
  • A special tour and tasting at The Glenlivet Distillery
  • A premium tour and tasting at Glendronach Distillery
  • An informal visit to Strathisla Distillery
  • A private ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour and single cask tasting at Tomatin Distillery
  • A tour and tasting at the Cairngorm Brewery

Day 1. 

After departing Edinburgh, you will escape the city and head north into the Kingdom of Fife. Here you will visit one of the finest bespoke, family distilleries in Scotland.


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We then travel north east through St Andrews and Dundee before delving into the region of Angus. The next stop is the traditional market town of Blairgowrie . There is time to take a walk around and enjoy a local lunch before heading up and over the mountain pass of Glenshee into Royal Deeside. You will enjoy a special warehouse experience at Royal Lochnagar Distillery, followed by a tasting of some absolutely stunning whiskies.

Your journey now continues through the eastern Cairngorms via the The Lecht.

The Lecht
This stunning drive follows one of the highest main roads in the UK towards Tomintoul, the self-proclaimed highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and home to the Whisky Castle. You descend  to the banks of the mighty River Spey and into Grantown on Spey.  Founded in 1766 by Sir James Grant, Grantown on Spey is your home for the next 3 nights.


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Day 2.

Today’s tour starts with a back road drive along the the northern bank of the River Spey, followed by a visit to  Glenfarclas Distillery. 

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This is one of the last independent, family-owned distilleries in Scotland and we have arranged a very special tour and tasting for you to enjoy.

Next up, you return to the banks of the Spey for the short drive to the beautifully restored Knockando Woolmill. Not only is this a great stop to find out more about it’s historical importance, but also provides the chance for delicious home-baking and morning coffee.

Now your journey continues to Craigellachie and a visit to Thomas Telford’s famous bridge across the Spey, before continuing to the fascinatingSpeyside Cooperage. Here you will get an insight into the often-forgotten art of the cooper –  the people responsible for the casks used by the distilleries.

You can then enjoy a delicious lunch in the restaurant at Glenfiddich Distillery (matched with a wee dram if you like) before heading to Aberlour Distillery where we have arranged a very special tasting to finish your first day exploring Speyside.


Day 3.

After a hearty breakfast it is a short drive to The Glenlivet Distillery to kick off your Saturday morning. The guides at Glenlivet will be taking you on a private tour before letting you sample some amazing distillery exclusives.

There is time for coffee and a freshly baked scone before taking the scenic drive along the back roads to Glendronach Distillery. Despite the short drive, you will now be in the Highland Whisky region and, after a warm welcome and look around, three outstanding Highland drams await you.

Lunch in Huntly is followed by a visit to 
to see one of the oldest operating distilleries in the Highlands and one of the most picturesque too.

It is then back to Grantown on Spey for time to relax, have some dinner and get a good night’s sleep in anticipation of tomorrow.


Day 4.

A leisurely start to the day is followed by a visit to the tiny village of Carrbridge and a chance to see the 298 year old packhorse bridge. Your guide will then drive you to Tomatin Distillery for a unique look behind the scenes and a phenomenal single cask nosing and tasting.

We will have lunch in Aviemore, the beating heart of the Cairngorm National Park,  before a visit to the excellent Cairngorm Brewery for a look around and sampling of their craft beers.

You will now return south and say farewell to Speyside, continuing through Drumochter Pass towards the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Straddling the River Tay, this village boasts a cathedral, smokehouse, great pubs and an incredible history. With time to explore the town, walk by the river or simply relax in a beer garden this makes for the perfect last stop before crossing the Highland line and returning to the Lowlands and back to Edinburgh we we say farewell with fond memories and new friends.

** Due to various reasons (weather, closures and special events) it may not always be possible to visit all distilleries mentioned. Please be aware that, if this is the case, we will ensure that suitable alternatives are found.


TOUR DATES 2016

4 Day Islay Dram Days Tour Departure Dates (Thursday – Sunday)
 
April 21st
April 28th
May 5th
May 12th
June 2nd
June 9th
June 16th
June 30th
July 14th
July 28th
August 11th
August 25th
September 1st
September 8th
September 15th
September 22nd
September 29th
 
4 Day Speyside Whisky and Ale Tour Departure Dates (Thursday – Sunday)
 
May 19th
May 26th
June 23rd
July 7th
July 21st
August 4th
August 18th