The Ultimate Whisky Tour
10 Day Scottish Whisky Tour by Land & Sea
Price per group up to 4 travellers
A marvelous and unique way to see the Scottish Highlands and Islands. It combines spectacular scenery, exquisite fresh Scottish cuisine, ancient history, and of course the pleasure of sampling quality whisky from the major producing areas around the country.
It involves touring for 5 days in a luxury Land Rover Discovery 5, staying in 4-star hotel accommodation.
The second half of the trip is on board the classic 47 ft Swan sailing yacht – Grampus. You will make your way to the islands of Mull, Jura and Islay to mention a few. You will have the opportunity to get hands-on with sailing the yacht and will stay on board for 4 nights.
Please note that on this part of the tour you will experience being part of the crew sailing the boat which may include limited personal space and luxury. Its very much a hands on tour!
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Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Day 1 – Edinburgh to Speyside
Pick up at 08:30 from: Edinburgh
Firstly we’ll visit Glenkinchie Distillery just to the south east of Edinburgh to let you sample Lowland whisky. From here we’ll head north through South Queensferry and over the spectacular Queensferry Crossing bridge and start making our way up north through the wilderness via Braemar, where you will stop for a bite to eat at The Fife Arms. Following lunch you will visit the Royal Lochnagar distillery – a Highland whisky – where we would recommend doing the tasting tour. Afterwards, we will head over to Balmoral Castle for an explore and then head through the Cairngorm National Park to your hotel.
Accommodation in Aberlour
Day 2 – Speyside distilleries
First stop today will be Balvenie Castle. This is a 12th century ruin with a long and interesting history. A pleasant wander around the ruins allows you to get a real feel for life in the Highlands in medieval times.
This will be followed by a visit to the nearby Glenfiddich Distillery. You will spend about 90 minutes here sampling some wonderful drams. This will be followed by lunch at the distillery. Following lunch you’ll head for the ultra modern and remarkable Macallan Distillery. A production tour here is a must as it is so different from anywhere else. They also have a lovely bar where you can sample their wares.
Accommodation again in Aberlour
Day 3 – Speyside to Orkney
Today will begin with a beautiful drive to Inverness before heading north to sample another famous dram – Glenmorangie. From here we will continue north to catch a ferry from the mainland to the remarkable Orkney Islands. We will end the day with a tasting tour of of Highland Park Distillery – Your first Island whisky and Scotland’s most northerly.
Tonight’s accommodation will be in Lerwick
Day 4 – Orkney to Tounge
Today will begin with a visit to two of the remarkable 5000 year old Bronze Age sites in Orkney – The Maeshowe Burial Chamber and the village of Skara Brae. We will then head to Stromness to catch the ferry back to the mainland. We disembark at Scrabster and will continue our journey along the top of Scotland with its wonderful cliffs and beaches to the Tounge Hotel.
Day 5 Tongue to Oban
Today will be a magnificent scenery day. Travelling south along narrow roads, through wild remote country surrounded by soaring mountains, castles, lochs and wonderful sea views. We will make our way to the pretty town of Oban. A tasting tour of the famous Oban Distillery is a must to finish the day.
Days 6 -10
For the next 5 days you will sail round the Inner Hebrides off the west coast. You will be overseen by one of the most experienced skippers on the west coast who will teach and guide you as you navigate ‘Grampus’ through some of the best sailing waters in the world.
The actual route will be weather dependent but below is a proposed route. You will be able to visit a number of wonderful distilleries on a variety of the islands including the world famous peaty Islay malts. Other drams on the map are Tobermory, Jura, and any of the Islay malts including: Bowmore, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Lagavulin or Laphraoig to name a few!
You have a good chance of seeing whales, dolphins, porpoise, eagles and otters and the scenery is breathtaking.
You will return to Oban on day 10 and be transported back to Edinburgh in the Land Rover having completed a wonderful trip you will remember forever.
- McIntosh Tours planning services
- 10 days guided tour for group of up to 6 travellers
- Exclusive transport in luxury Land Rover Discovery 5 and 47ft classic sailing Yacht
- Ferry Costs as required
- 5 Nights B&B accommodations in 4 star hotels
- 4 nights shared cabins and B&B/lunch on board the yacht.
- All specialized kit for sailing including waterproofs and lifejackets
- Skippering services on yacht.
- Lunch during land tour
- Evening meals
- Entry into visited attractions
All of the above can be recommended and booked as required for additional costs.