SCOTCH WHISKY AND FOOD TOUR – ‘FOR THE WHISKY CONNOISSEUR’
8 Days / 7 Nights
DAY 1: Glasgow: Arrive into Glasgow or Edinburgh airport and collect your car. Drive the short distance to your accommodation outside of Glasgow to check in. You may choose to explore Glasgow on an open top bus, or maybe you would prefer to see Scotland’s largest city from the comfort of a red Routemaster bus while enjoying Afternoon Tea? The local beer is brewed near the historic cathedral precinct, and you can sample some on a tour of the Tennent’s Brewery, home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition and award winning beers. Overnight: Glasgow area
DAY 2: Isle of the Islay: Depart your hotel this morning to drive via Inverarary with its stunning castle, to Kennacraig to catch your ferry to the isle of Islay, one of the most famous whisky areas of Scotland. It is believed that Irish monks introduced distillation to Islay in the 14th century, as Islay was the perfect location for distillation due to its fertile ground for growing barley, with excellent pure water sources and plenty of peat. The peat makes Islay single malt whiskies some of the strongest flavoured of all malt whiskies. You will find the stronger flavours at the distilleries located in the south of the island, for example at Laphroig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg, and the slightly milder whiskies in the north, at distilleries like Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain, and Bowmore which is located in the middle of the island. Several of the distilleries welcome visitors, and depending on your ferry times you should have the time to visit a distillery this afternoon or the following morning. Check into your next overnight on Islay. Overnight: Islay area
DAY 3: Oban: You may have the time to visit an Islay distillery this morning, before catching a ferry back to the mainland. Drive north along the scenic west coast of Scotland to Oban, one of the biggest ferry ports in Scotland. The local distillery is located in central Oban, and is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, founded in 1794. The tour of the distillery finishes with a sample of their 14 year old single malt with some crystallized ginger – a taste sensation! You will also have the time to explore Oban, with its many shops, pubs and restaurants. In the evening, make sure to sample the local seafood, freshly caught just off the coast of Scotland. Overnight: Oban area
DAY 4: Loch Ness: Today you will drive from Oban to the Speyside region of Scotland, via the most famous loch in Scotland – Loch Ness. You may choose to visit Oban Distillery this morning, before heading up along the coast, driving through Fort William to Spean Bridge where you can stop to visit their woollen mill. At Fort Augustus you will get your first glimpse of Loch Ness, and if you feel adventurous you can take a cruise on the loch to look out for Nessie, the legendary monster. For stunning views, stop to visit Urquhart Castle which is a ruined castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Drive through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, on your way to your hotel in the Speyside region of Scotland. Overnight: Speyside area
DAY 5: Speyside: Today you will get the chance to visit the distilleries behind the world’s most famous, and some would say finest malt whiskies. Speyside is a must visit destination for any whisky lover, and this is where you find Glenfiddich, Macallan, The Glenlivet and many more famous distilleries along the river Spey. In addition to a distillery, you may also want to include a visit to the Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in Britain where you can experience the ancient art of producing whisky casks from oak. You can also stop at Dean’s of Huntly to experience how shortbread is made and sample some of this local delicacy with a cup of tea or coffee. Speyside is also beautiful scenery, historic castles, picturesque villages and towns, so you will not be stuck for things to do. Overnight: Speyside area
DAY 6: Pitlochry – Edinburgh: Depart Speyside this morning, and start your drive south to Edinburgh. Along the way you can stop to visit one of the many castles in the area, such as Blair Castle, or stop to explore villages and towns like Pitlochry and Dunkeld. Why not stop near Pitlochry to sample local chocolate at an artisan chocolatier. On your way to Edinburgh you may choose to head east to St Andrews, the home of golf, and explore this beautiful university town on foot. There is also the opportunity to sample some local cheese at St Andrews Cheese Farm. Continue south across the Queensferry Crossing to Edinburgh. Overnight: Edinburgh area
DAY 7: Edinburgh: Welcome to Edinburgh! Spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city. An open top bus tour is a great way to explore the city, and you may also want to visit some of its many attractions such as famous Edinburgh Castle. At the top of the Royal Mile you can stop to visit the Scotch Whisky Experience where you will learn even more about Scotland’s different whiskies, including blended whisky. Or why not visit Edinburgh Gin Distillery, to find out more about the most British of drinks. You may want to join a food walking tour of Edinburgh, to sample some local delicacies, and many of the cozy pubs serve a wide selection of whisky – Slainte Mhath! Overnight: Edinburgh area
DAY 8: Goodbye: Return your car to Edinburgh Airport and join your flight home.
Suggested Visits: Afternoon Tea on Routemaster, Tennent’s Brewery, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Inveraray, the Isle of Islay, Islay Distilleries, Oban Distillery, Speyside Region, Fort Augustus, Urquhart Castle, Speyside Distillery, Speyside Cooperage, Blair Castle, Pitlochry, Edinburgh Castle, Scotch Whisky Experience, Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, Loch Ness cruise, Dean’s of Huntly, Chocolatier near Pitlochry, St Andrews, St Andrews Cheese Farm, Food walking tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Beer Factory
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 full Scottish breakfasts
- 8 days car rental**
- Service Charges & Taxes at existing rates
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