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Whisky Distillery and Tasting Tours - ‘uisge-beatha'

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The iconic distillery - Glenisla Distillery at Keith
Dalwhinnie Distillery - Scotland’s highest distillery location - Perthshire
Speyside Cooperage - The whisky cask repair yard near Aberlour
Some distilleries are in the most scenic locations

With over 100 distilleries in Scotland producing malt whisky a huge variation in taste, aroma and colour across the malts is inevitable. Whilst the actual whisky making process itself is virtually the same throughout Scotland, no two distilleries are quite the same, be it the smallest, biggest, island, lowland or highland, each one creates its own distinct influence over the spirit. Add to this the nuances of those distilleries that triple distill, or have particular shaped stills, or use combinations of casks and the outcomes are endless.

Our malt whisky tours are crafted to guest's personal choices and timescales, whether searching out new single malts or visiting the facilities of old favourites.

Visiting some of the lesser known distilleries is highly recommended, often illustrating peculiar or unusual equipment or processes and blending resulting in amazing whisky expressions.

In addition to scheduled tours it is possible to arrange private tours accompanied by a Malt Master or distillery owner or even a tutored session to create your own whisky blend. Every tour is tailored to suit your preferences and if preferred, visits can also be arranged to Scottish gin distilleries including tastings.

All tours take scenic routes and can include sightseeing visits en route as preferred.

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The Spirit Safe at Glenfiddich Distillery - Speyside
The Still House at Borders Distillery - Borders
The Washbacks at Royal Lochnagar Distillery - Deeside
The Still House at the new space age Macallan Distillery - Speyside

Malt Whisky Tour Examples

1 Day Tour

From Edinburgh travel north for a private tour of Lindores Abbey Distillery, where malt whisky was first distilled in 1494, and sample Aqua Vitae. Lunch, then travel west through Perthshire to Glenturret Distillery, the oldest commercial distillery in Scotland offering a superb range of expressions and a private tasting in the Lalique Bar. This visit could also be combined with dinner in the fabulous 2 Michelin Star Lalique Restaurant. Return to Edinburgh.

3 Day Tour

Day 1 - Distillery visits as above but terminating the day in the Highland village of Braemar on Royal Deeside. Overnight stay in Braemar at the Fife Arms Hotel.

Day 2 - Travel further north through the Cairngorms to Speyside, the epicentre of whisky production in Scotland. Speyside offers a choice of over 40 distilleries: from the well known ones like Macallan, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas to the lesser known gems like Balvinie, Craigallachie, Cragganmore to name but a few. Choice of distillery visits and tastings. Overnight stay in Speyside.

Day 3 - The journey south begins with a visit to either Ballindalloch, Knockando or Cragganmore distillery. Lunch, then continue south through Highland Perthshire to visit Dalwhinnie Distillery, the most elevated distillery in Scotland. Return to Edinburgh.

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