Arrive Edinburgh Airport and pick-up self-drive
car. Spend the day exploring Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Visit the
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre located in a former school building on the Royal
Mile. The exhibition takes the visitors through the intricate process of
producing the Scottish national drinks and this is followed by a drive through
the history of whisky! A wee dram will follow before shopping possibilities in
the extensive whisky shop. Overnight Edinburgh.
This morning leave Edinburgh and head north across the impressive
suspension bridge over the Forth Estuary to Perthshire. Time for some
sightseeing in the small market town of Perth, also to visit nearby Scone
Palace, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield. Later follow the
A85 towards Crieff for a visit of the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret
Distillery on the site of Scotland's oldest distillery. Nestled on the outskirts
of Crieff, this distillery offers the perfect location to escape the stresses of
the world. The second part of the tour is an interactive experience based around
the Famous Grouse, the bestselling blended whisky.
This morning follow the A93 to Blairgowrie. Take
the A924 turning to Pitlochry. In this region you have a few choices of
distilleries to visit: Blair Atholl, Edradour, (the smallest distillery in
Scotland), or Aberfeldy. Return onto the A93 heading North. The road now climbs
steadily through the skiing region of Glenshee to Braemar. This is the region
known as 'Royal Deeside'. Overnight in Royal Deeside/ Aberdeen area.
Today spend the day exploring the Royal
Deeside region. The main distillery here is Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which
after a visit from Prince Albert in 1848, was given the “Royal” warrant and
supplied the Royal family with whisky for some time. Pass Crathie, possibly
stopping to see the church where the Royal Family attends Sunday service when on
holiday at nearby Balmoral Castle. Overnight Royal Deeside
Continue your journey, travelling through the Grampian Mountains,
along the A939 passing Tomintoul, the highest village in Great Britain, and on
to Grantown on Spey. There are a number of whisky distilleries in this
particular stretch of the route and whisky connoisseurs might have their
favourite whisky from this area. Some you may like to visit are: the modern
Tomintoul, Cardhu, Knockando, Glenlivet, Balvenie and Macallan Distilleries.
Take your pick! After your visit (or visits!), continue to Nairn, a popular
seaside resort famous for its golf course and its beautiful sandy beaches. Time
permitting, a visit to Cawdor Castle can be made before arriving for next
overnight stop in the Inverness area.
Inverness and drive south. Follow the shores of Loch Ness, the most famous loch
in Scotland. Stopping at the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre and nearby Urquhart
Castle from where sightings of the 'monster' are most frequently reported.
Continue along the A82 to Fort Augustus and finally arrive in Fort William,
situated at the foot of Ben Nevis Britain's highest mountain. Visit Ben Nevis
Distillery located just in the shade of Britain's tallest mountain and the soft
waters of its peak makes an important part of the character of the whisky. Still
produced in the old traditional way a visit here shows the intricate process of
producing Scotland's favourite drink. Continue along Loch Linnhe before arriving
in the Oban area for overnight.
breakfast visit Oban Distillery. Nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks
Oban, one of Scotland's oldest sources of single malt scotch whisky is but a
stone's throw from the sea. Take a guided tour and learn about the ancient craft
of distilling. Afterwards, drive inland via the Pass of Brander to Loch Awe.
Head south to Inveraray with a possibility to visit the castle, seat of the Clan
Campbell. Continue south on the A82 and follow the shores of Loch Lomond, the
largest and perhaps most beautiful of all Scottish lochs. Through to the
Trossachs region, passing Drymen along the A811. Turn towards Killearn. Here
visit the nearby Glengoyne Distillery. History records the distillery as
'Burnfoot of Glenguin' in 1836. You will see the malting, mashing, fermentation,
distilling and maturation. At the end of the tour we will have an opportunity of
sampling the famous malt. Unlike most other single malts, Glengoyne has been
preserving the essence of its flavour for decades by using air dried barley
rather than barley dried using harsh peat smoke. The result is a more subtle,
complex whisky in which all of the delicate flavours are freely allowed to
express themselves. Overnight Trossachs area
Travel to Edinburgh via Stirling and return car at airport before
checking-in for departure flight.