This 4 day whisky tour itinerary is a blend of charming villages, idyllic countryside, striking castles and a steady procession of whisky distilleries. The whisky enthusiast will be kept entertained, but the route takes in many other attractions too.
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Arrive in Edinburgh – We provide directions for a choice of walking routes for discovering the Capital and some of its best Whisky bars and shops. The guide also includes some options for day trips around the surrounding area by car, bus or train.
Day 1 – The tour heads north from Edinburgh and passes through Fife, with opportunities to visit the beautiful country palace of the Stuart kings and queens, before travelling on towards Perthshire. In Perthshire we have recommended several options such as:
• visiting a conservation village with a ruined cathedral on the banks of the River Tay,
• a tour of two very different styles of distilleries,
• a gentle afternoon exploring the tourist attractions around Pitlochry.
We have also included drections for a scenic circuit from Pitlochry that visits one of our favourite lochs, a pretty village with thatch roofed cottages and yet another distillery!
Stopover in Pitlochry Area
Day 2 – The second day of this tour takes you along the route of the River Spey and into the famous whisky producing region of Speyside. Possible distillery visits on this day include Cardhu, Dalwhinnie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Strathisla and the Macallan. We provide information on how to book onto some specialist tasting tours.
Near the start of the drive, you can visit the grand Blair castle which is home to the only private army in Europe.
Stopover in Moray Area
Day 3 – Today’s route passes by more distilleries with familiar names before turning south to travel along a dramatic road that crosses over the Cairngorm mountains. At the end of Day 3, you arrive in Royal Deeside, where you may choose to follow our directions for a visit to the Royal Family’s Scottish residence or a tour of some of the sites associated with Queen Victoria.
Stopover in Royal Deeside
Day 4 – Is the return journey to Edinburgh, but along the tour route we suggest a visit to the Palace where Scotland’s Kings were crowned. If time allows, you may also wish to visit the “Fair City of Perth” before heading back to Edinburgh.