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 a Highland and a Lowland distillery on day tours from Edinburgh or Glasgow, such as on my Glasgow Distillery Tour. The itinerary permutations are endless so the best thing to do is to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
From 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 two 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 tour, combine it with a visit to Islay, Scotland's whisky island with no fewer than eight distilleries and/or the picturesque port of Oban, where the town was literally built around the distillery.
Highland distilleries cover the largest area of Scotland, North of the Highland fault line and the River Tay, 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 (Edradour). A visit to a Speyside distillery can easily be incorporated into a Highland distillery tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow with a minimum of two days needed.
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.
The unique island of Islay is home to some of the most iconic and distinguished whiskies on the planet such as Laphroaig and Bowmore. 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 whisky to taste!
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.
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 whisky world. A minimum of two days from either Glasgow or Edinburgh is required for a Speyside tour.
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