Whisky Tours of Scotland
A Scotch Whisky Tour allows you to explore some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery whilst visiting the distilleries that produce your favourite malts. With me as your personal scottish tour guide, you can relax, take in the scenery, a little bit of local commentary and enjoy a dram or two along the way! Scotland's whisky producing areas are divided into six different regions: Campbeltown, Highland, Island, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Depending on the duration of your Scotch Whisky Tour, you could incorporate more than one area into a tour itinerary or you may choose to concentrate on one. A tour of the island distilleries for example, could take several days but you could cover a visit to one or two Highland and/or Lowland distilleries on a day trip from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The itinerary permutations are endless so the best thing to do is to contact me to discuss your ideas, I can then draw up a tailor made schedule based on your preferences and my local knowledge. I can also recommend and book hotels along the route for multi-day whisky tours.
Campbeltown Distillery Tour
Having been dubbed the whisky capital of the world with 34 distilleries at its height of production, the town of Campbeltown is now the smallest of the six whisky producing areas with just three working distilleries, the minimum number to qualify as a 'region'. Springbank and Glengyle have the same owners and as such you can tour both on the same ticket. It is possible to visit on day tours from Glasgow but would be a bit of a stretch from Edinburgh where two days would be ideal. For a longer itinerary, combine Campbeltown with a visit to Islay, Scotland's whisky island, with no fewer than nine distilleries, and not forgetting the distillery on the adjacent, remote island of Jura, famous for its hills, red deer and as the place where Goerge Orwell wrote the novel 1984. Oban is another distillery that could be tagged on to this schedule.
Highland Distillery Tour
Highland distilleries cover the largest area of Scotland, North West of the Highland fault line, providing great opportunities for a circular Scotch Whisky Tour. Contained in this vast area of wilderness are some of the most remote distilleries and also the highest (Tomatin) and the smallest traditional distillery(Edradour), as far south as Oban and as far north as Caithness. A visit to a Speyside distillery (see below) can easily be incorporated into a Highland distillery tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow with a minimum of two days needed.
Islands Distillery Tour
A Scotch Whisky Tour of the islands is the most logistically complicated to undertake owing to the geographical spread of the Hebrides Islands and Northern Isles. Jura is best combined with a trip to the distilleries of Islay and Arran can be combined with Campbeltown or Bladnoch distillery in Galloway. Tobermory and Talisker can be paired together on a three day tour and the Orkney distilleries would be best combined with a visit to the Highlands on a multi-day tour. As part of the wave of new distilleries opening in Scotland, you can now include the Isles of Raasay and Harris to the roster of eponymous island distilleries. In addition, Skye and Arran have second distilleries up and running with the opening of Torabhaig and Lagg, respectively.
Islay Distillery Tour
The unique island of Islay is home to some of the most iconic and distinguished whiskies on the planet such as Laphroaig and Bowmore and there are now, at the time of writing, nine working distilleries on the island, with another two in the pipeline. It is worth spending at least two or three days sampling the laid back charm of this whisky lovers paradise. There are some great places to stay on the island and some fine whiskies to taste!
Lowland Distillery Tour
Two of the Lowland distilleries, Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie are just outside Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively and can therefore be visited comfortably on a day trip from either city. Alternatively I would recommend pairing Bladnoch and Auchentoshan on a day trip from Glasgow or combine Bladnoch and Glenkinchie if travelling
from Edinburgh. Glasgow now has its own new craft distillery right in the city centre with the recent opening of the Clydeside Distillery.
Speyside Distillery Tour
Speyside, Scotland's most productive whisky region is also home to some of the most critically acclaimed Scotches such as Glenlivet and the Macallan. The River Spey and its tributaries provide the crystal clear waters that help make this area the centre of the malt whisky world. A minimum of two days from either Glasgow or Edinburgh is required for a Speyside tour. Amongst the 50+ distilleries in the region which are open to the public include;
Balvenie, Glenfarclas, Aberlour, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, Cardhu, Macallan, Glen Grant and Glenlivet.
A day trip from Glasgow or Edinburgh to the two distilleries of Auchentoshan, a triple distilled Lowland single malt made just outside the city in Clydebank, and Glengoyne, a Highland single malt produced at the foot of the volcanic Campsie Hills.
I would be more than happy to create some different Whisky Tours of Scotland itineraries, just let me know your favourite single malts and I will draw up some options to
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