BEYOND EDINBURGH TOURS
THE MALT WHISKY TRAIL
One of Scotland’s most famous (and most exported) products, the ‘water of life’ Scotch Whisky is synonyms with Scotland. At any given moment there are over 20 million casks in bonded warehouses maturing, that’s 4 casks for every member of the Scottish population!
A whisky tour of Scotland can include visits to historical monuments, breathtaking scenery and unique culture that makes Scotland unique. On either a one-day or multi-day tour let us tailor a Scotch whisky tour to your interests. Of course the most important part of any whisky tour is the driver to ensure your safe carriage from distillery to distillery.
Here are a few favourite whisky distilleries that we frequently visit on tour…
Located just outside Dufftown in the Speyside whisky region, Glenfiddich distillery is well worth the journey. Translated into Gaelic for ‘Valley of the Deer’, Glenfiddich produced its first spirit on Christmas Day 1887 and despite a few setbacks along the way, has gone on to be one of the most recognised whisky brands in the world.
Located just north of Glasgow and near Loch Lomond, Glengoyne is the southernmost highland whisky distillery, sitting on the Highland fault line. It is famous for producing whisky in the Highlands and maturing it in the lowlands. It is also unique in that is does not smoke its whisky but air matures it.
A lowland whisky distillery, Glenkinchie is situated about 15 miles east of Edinburgh and is the only distillery in East Lothian. Established in 1837 by two brothers the distillery but the enterprise failed. After a brief period as a sawmill, the distillery started production again in 1881. Its proximity to Edinburgh should make it a popular attraction but it is a relatively un-visited distillery, meaning that a tour is all the more special.
Situated in the heart of Speyside and in the Cairngorms national park, The Glenlivet offers an inspiring visitor experience at their distillery. King George was known to demand Glenlivet at official functions, the whisky offers a soft and delicate characteristic synonymous with Speyside Malts.
One of only two whisky distilleries on the Isle of Skye (the other being Torabhaig which is new), its lochside location requires a fair journey, but one that rewards the traveller who ventures across the sea to Skye. The strong peaty flavour epitomises the connection between the Island peat burned during production and the sea salt from loch Harport in the remote west of Skye.
The highest distillery in Scotland (and also the one with the coldest average temperature), Delwhinnie is located on the main road to the highlands. Its history started in 1897 when a consortium of whisky investors launched the distillery, then called ‘Strathspey’. Dalwhinnie is in the heart of Speyside and worth a visit on your way north or south.
The building and heritage of Deanston actually started in a very different industry. Cotton Milling was a profitable and flourished in Scotland. The mill, on the banks of the river Teith employed so many people that a dedicated town was constructed to house the workforce. A decline in the cotton industry saw the mill close in 1965 but in 1974 a new lease of life was given to Deanston as a distillery.
Launched in 1949, tullibardine distillery is situated in the northern foothills of the Ochils which provide the spring water source for the distilling process. Easily accessible in Blackford near Gleneagles Hotel, Tullibardine offers a range of distillery tours where guests can learn about the whisky distilling process and sample of of their Bourbon-aged and sherry-aged whiskies.