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Edinburgh & Speyside Whisky Trail tour

Edinburgh & Speyside Whisky Trail

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 1,995 $ 333 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • In Edinburgh, take a selfie in front of the famous Edinburgh Castle, which sits atop an ancient volcano.
  • Enjoy a personalized tour of a family-owned distillery!
  • Have the opportunity to sample whiskies and taste the regional differences.
  • On your guided journey, make a stop at a village based in the middle of a national park!
  • Treat yourself to a pint at Scotland's oldest licensed pub, the Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh!

Short Description

Scotch in Scotland, what could be better?! Explore the hilly capital city of Edinburgh as well as Speyside, Scotland's most prominent whisky-distilling region in this 5-night vacation package.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Edinburgh
End City Edinburgh

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Edinburgh (EDI)
  • Private round-trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh at the Mercure Princes Street or similar
  • Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-On/Hop-Off Pass (24-hours)
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tour with lunch
  • Speyside Whisky Trail 2-night Small-Group Guided Tour, including:
  • 2 nights in Grantown-on-Spey at the Craiglynne Hotel, or similar
  • Four whisky distillery visits
  • Transportation by luxury private 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Service charges & VAT tax
  • 1 night in Edinburgh at the Mercure Princes Street or similar
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh!

Accommodation: Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street Hotel

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport and enjoy a private transfer to your first accommodation. After getting settled in, start taking advantage of your included Hop-On/Hop-Off bus pass.

In the evening, consider heading over to Scotland's oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn, to celebrate your first night in Scotland!

Transfer to Edinburgh hotel

Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour

Discover the best of Scotland’s Capital with City Sightseeing Edinburgh, 24-hour tour. Take in the city’s major sites including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Grassmarket, Scottish Parliament and the Scottish National Gallery.

Visit the city’s Old Town and Georgian New Town - both of which enjoy UNESCO World Heritage status. The full loop takes approximately 60 minutes - however, you can hop on and off wherever and whenever you'd like, along the way.

Day 2: Edinburgh

Enjoy your tour and tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tour with Tasting & Lunch

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a private members club with an award-winning dining room, and the world’s foremost authority on single cask, single malt whisky, and only ever bottles whiskies from individual casks or barrels - which means each is exceptional and limited in availability.

Housed in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse on Queen Street with magnificent views across the waters of the Firth of Forth, the Society’s elegant rooms range over three floors reached by a sweeping staircase which ascends to a cupola framed by exquisite plasterwork.

After a tour of the members’ rooms, guests will be able to enjoy a delicious two-course lunch, followed by a tasting of 2 Society malts in the members bar.

Day 3: Edinburgh - Grantown-on-Spey

Accommodation: The Craiglynne Hotel

Please arrive by 8:30am for a 9:00am departure, from the Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

Departing from Edinburgh, your three-day Scotch Whisky adventure starts with the journey north into the Highlands. The first stop will be the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the Hermitage forest to some stunning waterfalls.

After lunch in Pitlochry you will make your first distillery visit at Dalwhinnie – the highest distillery in the country and the closest to the source of the River Spey. From here you follow the river north through the Cairngorm National Park to the small town of Grantown-on-Spey – your base for the next two nights.

Day 4: Grantown-on-Spey

Spend a whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive toward the coast, your first stop of the day will be at the family-owned Benromach Distillery, for a personalized tour.

From here it is a short distance to Elgin - home to Gordon and Macphail - one of the world’s leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers. From here you will travel back up the Spey to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage where you will see another aspect of the whisky making process (Wednesday departures only).

After lunch here or in nearby Aberlour you will visit Cardhu Distillery. Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here you'll return back to Grantown-on-Spey.

Day 5: Grantown-on-Spey - Edinburgh

Accommodation: Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street Hotel

Today you’ll travel through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains en route back to Edinburgh. In the morning you’ll explore Glenlivet - not just a distillery but also a beautiful glen with great walks and wonderful wildlife.

You will then enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside, passing by Balmoral Castle, making a stop in the village of Braemar, in the heart of the National Park. From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass through Perthshire, before arriving back in Edinburgh at approximately 6:30pm.

Day 6: Depart Scotland

In accordance with your departure flight, enjoy one final private transfer to Edinburgh Airport.

Transfer to Edinburgh airport (EDI)

Fly home!

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Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Additional Information:

Please note:

  • Entry and tasting fees at the distilleries are not included in the price, to give you more choices and options of extra tastings, on the spot. Please allow approximately an extra 25-30 GBP for the tours and tastings.
  • The itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season, and may be different than those described in the itinerary. However, there will always be a minimum of four distillery visits during the tour.
  • On Friday departures, days 1 and 3 will be done in reverse, and the tour will not visit the Speyside Cooperage (another site will be substituted).
  • Lunches are not included. However the tour will either stop in small villages with a choice of lunch options, or at a local family establishment where there is a choice to suit all budgets. These places are always chosen for their charm and character - to give you the taste of local hospitality.

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Meals Included:

Daily Breakfast

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