Speyside Whisky Trail 2024

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3 Days / 2 Nights (B 'n B)
Availability : Year Round
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Speyside Whisky Trail: 2 nts Grantown-on-Spey

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Join this tour and wake up in a whisky lover’s paradise. This tour takes you to Speyside, home of over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries. You get the chance to explore four distilleries, learn how whisky is intertwined with Scottish culture, and venture through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Lindores Abbey Distillery – The oldest written reference to whisky mentions this location. Sample a dram at the modern distillery and drink in the history.

Dalwhinnie Distillery – Try not to get too light-headed as you sample whisky at Scotland’s highest distillery.

Cairngorms National Park – Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.

Benromach Distillery – They say all Speyside whiskies used to be smoky. This distillery brings the classic flavour back to life.

Speyside Cooperage – Learn about the lifecycle of a whisky cask.

Cardhu Distillery– The first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming

The River Spey – One of Scotland’s most important rivers for salmon farming and whisky distilling.

Glenlivet Distillery – Tucked away in a remote glen you’ll find one the most famous flavours of Scotland.

Elgin – Visit this spirited town and explore the best little whisky shop in the world.

Royal Deeside – Throughout history, the Royal Family have loved exploring this gorgeous region of Scotland.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:30am (tour departs at 8:45am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
6:30pm

Price Includes

  • 2 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • Tour and tasting at Lindores Abbey Distillery
  • Tasting Flight
  • Tour and Tasting at Cardhu Distillery
  • Tour of Speyside Cooperage
  • Masterclass tasting at Dalwhinnie Distillery

Meals

  • 2 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Grantown-on-Spey

You head north through the Kingdom of Fife, stopping for refreshments along the way before heading to Glenshee viewpoint for a view out over the kingdom. You then enter the UK’s largest National Park, Cairngorms National Park. This will be a stunning drive, so keep your cameras ready. 

You stop in Braemar and have some time for lunch and a little explore. A bite to eat is a good idea though because your next stop is Royal Lochnagar Distillery*. The outstanding flavour of its whisky was appreciated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on one of many visits to their summer residence, Balmoral Castle.

Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, you continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown-on-Spey, your base for two nights. If the group is feeling up to it, you can stop in at The Whisky Castle shop for another cheeky tasting along the way.

 

​​​​*If your tour departs after 1st April 2024, on this day you’ll visit Lindores Abbey Distillery and visit The Whisky Castle instead of Royal Lochnagar Distillery.

Day 2Grantown-on-Spey

Time for some fun. Today you spend the whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. Your first stop is Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label.

After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you travel along the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage*, where you see another aspect of the whisky making process.

After a scenic drive towards the coast, you head to Glen Moray, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks.

Time permitting, your driver-guide might stop in at Sueno’s Stone for a quick photo, where you can admire this incredible Pictish standing stone. From here you travel back to Grantown-on-Spey.(B)

*Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.

Day 3Grantown-on-Spey - Edinburgh

In the morning you visit Scotland’s highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. 

You then leave the Highlands and journey south to Perthshire. Lying in the heart of Scotland, Pitlochry is a beautiful little town with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The time is yours to explore and have some lunch.

From here the route south takes you to the stunning wee village of Dunkeld, where you’ve got some time to explore before heading to your final whisky experience of the tour. 

Lindores Abbey Distillery is a modern Scottish distillery built on the site of the first ever recorded distiller in the country. The beautiful flavours of their whisky have been enjoyed since 1494, owing its origins to the Tironensian monks that lived at Lindores Abbey, or the ‘Church by the Water’, over half a millennium ago.

You then over the Firth of Forth, take in the magnificent South Queensferry bridges, and head back into Edinburgh. (B)

**Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.

*​​​​*If your tour departs after 1st April 2024, on this day you’ll only visit one distillery – Dalwhinnie Distillery 

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: January to March – Wednesday $770 $830
2024: April to May – Monday & Wednesday $880 $1,050
2024: June to September  – Monday & Wednesday $900 $1,080
2024: October – Monday & Wednesday $880 $1,050
2024:  November to December – Wednesday (Except December 25) $830 $1,010
2025: January to March – Wednesday (Except January 1) $830 $1,010

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: January to March  – Wednesday $850 $925
2024: April to May – Monday & Wednesday $990 $1,220
2024: June to September  – Monday & Wednesday $1,020 $1,250
2024: October  – Monday & Wednesday $990 $1,220
2024:  November to December – Wednesday (Except December 25) $950 $1,180
2025: January to March  – Wednesday (Except December 1) $950 $1,180

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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