Tour Details

Day 1 – Welcome to Whisky Country

Arrival: Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport

Accommodation: Ugadale hotel
Lunch: Loch Fyne Restaurant
Dinner: The Old Clubhouse Kintyre Restaurant

On arrival at Glasgow or Edinburgh airport your private driver will be waiting and your Scottish whisky adventure will commence.
You will weave through the west coast of Scotland on one of the country’s most scenic driving routes via:

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

‘The Rest and Be Thankful’ – this commemorative military road is a famous beauty spot

Stopping for Lunch at Loch Fyne Restaurant

Through the towns of Inverary, Lochgilphead and Tarbert.

You reach then reach Ugadale Hotel, your accommodation for the evening.
Based at the heart of  Machrihanish Dunes this luxury hotel has been restored to its former glory. You will enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Oceans, while being treated like royalty.

After a long flight and drive to your hotel, we recommend the first day being a recuperation day where you can enjoy the fabulous facilities at the hotel.

 


Day 2 – Campbeltown

Accommodation: The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, Islay

You will visit and tour Campbeltown’s Whisky Distilleries:
Springbank Distillery (10:00), GlenGyle Distillery (11:30) & Glen Scotia Distillery (13:30)

After a luxurious breakfast your private driver will be waiting and you will start your Campbeltown whisky adventure. Campbeltown was formally known as the whisky capital and is still home to some of the best whisky distilleries in the country. Springbank distillery will be your first stop of the day. Springbank distillery has a rich history and is the oldest family run distillery the country. You will experience the full whisky production process, from floor malting to bottling. After the tour you will be treated to a couple of drams.

You will then make the short journey to Glengyle Distillery. Glengyle Distillery originally opened in 1872 before closing in 1925. Over 75 years later it re-opened in 2004 and was giving the name “The Newest Old Distillery In Campbeltown”. You will enjoy a tour of this famous distillery and be treated to a few of their malts which have a light and sweet flavour combined with subtle salty notes.

Glen Scotia will be your final distillery of the day. Although one of the smallest distilleries in the country, Glen Scotia punches well above its weight and its fine single malt is highly regarded amongst whisky connoisseurs.

Your private driver will then escort you to Kennacraig Ferry port and you will make your way across to Islay.

Your accommodation for the next two nights will be the beautiful Machrie Hotel and Golf Links. Nestled in between towering sand dunes crafted by mother nature The Machrie Hotel has breath taking views over the rugged Machrie links course.

 


Day 3 – ISLAY

Accommodation: The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, Islay

You will visit and tour Islay’s Whisky Distilleries:
 Lagavulin Distillery (09:30), Laphroaig Distillery (11:30) & Ardbeg Distillery (15:00)
You will also visit the historic Kildalton Cross

After your relaxing breakfast at The Machrie, you will be picked up by your driver to begin your day on Islay. You first stop will be Kildalton Cross, this iconic Celtic cross dates back to the 8th century AD and lies in the shadow of an archaic church ruin. You will then travel to the south of the island, which is famous for being a whisky distilling paradise and producing fine peaty malts.

Lagavulin distillery will be your first stop out of the trio of southern distilleries. Famed for producing a very peaty malt with hints of iodine, the average Lagavulin is 16 years old and is loved by many discerning whisky fans. You will enjoy a tour of the distillery and be treated to a few drams at the end of the tour.

From Lagavulin Distillery you will make the short trip to Laphroaig Distillery. This ancient distillery opened in 1825 and still uses many of the traditional whisky distilling methods. Laphroaig produces a highly distinctive whisky known for its rich and peaty flavours. The single malt is renowned for being a timeless classic, the people of the distillery change overtime but the distilling methods stay the same. You will take the “ classic tour” and enjoy a small tasting at the end of the tour.

Your final stop of the day will be Ardbeg Distillery. Ardbeg Distillery is one of the world’s most famous distilleries. From 1981 to1996 it opened and closed numerous times. However in 1997 Glenmorangie stepped in and saved this ancient distillery. Ardbeg claims to produce the peatiest whisky in Islay. You will enjoy tour and learn about the distilleries past but sampling a few of their fine malts at the end of the tour.

In the evening you will return to the fabulous Machrie Hotel for your final evening on Islay.


Day 4 – HIGHLANDS

Accommodation: Isle of Eriska
Lunch: Ee-usk Restaurant

You will visit and tour Oban’s Highland Whisky Distillery:
Oban Distillery (14:40)

After breakfast your private driver will escort you to the ferry, for the 9:45 crossing back to the mainland.

You will then travel up the beautiful north west coast until you reach the small seaside town of Oban. You will stop at Oban distillery where you will embark on a fabulous tasting tour. Oban Distillery is filled with character and charm despite being one of the smallest distilleries in the country. After the tour you will be treated to a few drams.

 

You will stop for lunch at the fabulous Ee-usk seafood restaurant.

You will then travel to the Isle of Eriska, a luxury 5 star hotel based on a private island.
Your luxury accommodation has beautiful views over Loch Linnhe with the hotel combining exceptional service with fine dining.


Day 5 – SPEYSIDE

Accommodation: Boath House, Nairn

Lunch: Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

En-route to Speyside you will visit:
Glencoe, Fort William, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Ness

After breakfast you will embark on beautiful and you will take in some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. You first stop of the day will be Glencoe valley and village. Glencoe was carved out of volcanic eruptions and glaciers. With summits, glinting waterfalls, picturesque lochs and incredible views, Glencoe really is a paradise that will live in the memory forever.

Your private driver will continue to take you north until you reach Fort William. This traditional Scottish town is built under Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. You will have the opportunity to walk around this quaint town and take in the beautiful scenery. Catch a glimpse of the Jacobite steam train from the Glenfinnan Viaduct View Point and take in the ‘must see’ Glenfinnan Monument.

Lunch or Afternoon Tea at the stunning Inverlochy Castle, Fort William.

You will then visit Drumnadrochit based on the glorious banks of Loch Ness. We suggest having your camera at the ready, as the glistening waters at Loch Ness are hard to beat.

You will visit Urquhart castle. Urquhart Castle was built in the 13th century and played a key role in throughout the wars of Scottish history. We suggest walking up the Grant Tower and enjoying the breath taking view of Loch Ness and beyond. Tucked at the bottom of the castle is the ghastly prison cell which held many a man captive back in the day.

You will then take the short journey to the luxurious Boath House. This luxury 5 star hotel is situated in 22 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and its restaurant is revered nationally, making use of fine local produce.

 


DAY 6 – SPEYSIDE

Accommodation: Boath House, Nairn

You will visit and tour Speyside’s Whisky Distilleries:
Aberlour Distillery (10:00) Benromach Distillery (15:00)
In between you will visit Cawdor Castle & Gardens & lunch at The Sun Dancer Restaurant in Nairn,

After a luxurious breakfast your private driver will escort you to Aberlour Distillery. Aberlour Distillery lies in the heart of Speyside and utilises local spring water to create an exceptional single malt. You will enjoy a tour of this fascinating distillery and be offered the chance of a tutored tasting at the end of the tour.

Your private driver will take you west to Cawdor Castle. Cawdor was built in the 15 century for the Cawdor Clan. Legend has it the castle was built around a thorn tree. You will tour the castle where you will see the grand drawing rooms, old kitchen and great dining room.

Lunch at the Sun Dancer Restaurant, Nairn.

From Cawdor Castle your private driver will take you to Benromach Distillery. Although Benromach Distillery is the smallest distillery is Speyside, it punches well above its weight. The distillery only has two experienced distillers that craft this fine single malt using local spring water from the Romach Hills. You will take a tour and learn about the rich history of one of Speyside’s most recognisable distilleries.

After a long day of touring, your private driver will take you back to Boath House.
Enjoy a fabulous fine dining experience within the hotel and a relaxing evening.

 


DAY 7 – SPEYSIDE

Accommodation: The Fife Arms, Braemar

You will visit and tour Speyside’s Whisky Distilleries:
Glenfiddich Distillery, Macallan & Glenlivet Distillery

After a relaxing breakfast your private driver will be waiting and you will embark on a Speyside whisky adventure. The first stop of the day will be Glenfiddich Distillery. An independent family run distillery that has been in production since 1886. You will take the ‘explorer tour’.  At the end of the tour you will visit the tasting rooms and enjoy a few of Glenfiddich’s single malts.


You will then make the short trip to Macallan Distillery.
You will explore the beautiful grounds of Macallan Estate.
We recommend visiting the Brasserie which offers a great range of coffees, pastries and cakes.

Glenlivet Distillery will be your next stop. Idyllically placed in a picturesque glen, Glenlivet produces one of the finest single malts in the country. You will embark on the classic tour which showcases exactly how the whisky making process works in modern distilleries. Of course you will get to try a dram of Glenlivet at the end of the tour.

After an eventful day visiting Speyside’s finest distilleries you will travel south, weaving through the scenic Cairngorms National Park until you reach the Fife Arms. Described as ‘Scotland’s Hottest Hotel’, each room in the hotel is uniquely decorated providing visitors with a bespoke experience.

 


Day 8 – LOWLANDS

Accommodation: The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

You will visit and tour the Lowland’s Whisky Distilleries:
Lindores Abbey Distillery & Kingsbarns Distillery

After a relaxing breakfast your private driver will take you to the Lindores Abbey Distillery. This ancient distillery is believed to have made the first ever reference to “ Scots Whisky”. This really is a must visit for the avid whisky historian. The visitor centre opened in 2017 after a 10 million regeneration and you will see the three new stills on your tour.


From Lindores Abbey Distillery you will travel to Kingsbarns Distillery. Built into a farm steading this aesthetically pleasing distillery opened in 2004 and is one of the smaller distilleries in the lowlands. You will tour round this charming distillery before testing out some of their fine single malts.

Your private driver will then take you on a tour of the “Auld Grey Toon” of St Andrews. This medieval town is famously the “home of golf” and is a university town. You can enjoy panoramic views over the Old Course and West Sands beach before arriving at the Old Course Hotel.
This luxury 5 star hotel combines quality service with fine dining and is the perfect venue to relax after a long day travelling.

 


Day 9 – LOWLANDS

Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh

You will visit and tour the Lowland’s Whisky Distillery:
Glenkinchie Distillery (10:00)
You will the visit and tour The Scotch Whisky Experience (13:00)
Finishing with a tour of Edinburgh Castle (15:00)

After breakfast your private driver will escort you south as you make your way towards Edinburgh. Your first stop of the day will be Glenkinchie Distillery. Known for being the “ home of the Edinburgh Malt”, this distillery has stood the test of time. You will take a tour and see the “original malting floors” before enjoying a few complimentary drams at the end of the tour.

You will then travel into the heart of Edinburgh to the Scottish Whisky Experience which houses the world’s largest malt whisky collection. You will take a whisky tour through the replica distillery, where you will learn about all the Scottish whisky regions. You will then sample a variety of single malts with guidance from a knowledgeable guide.

Lastly you will visit Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most famous castle. You will enjoy a guided castle tour which explains this castles rich history. From housing the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland to the one o’clock gun show, Edinburgh castle is a magical experience.

After a long day of exploring the Scottish capital you will be escorted to the Waldorf Astoria.
This luxury hotel is based right at the heart of the city and offers beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle.


Dinner:
Grazing Restaurant
On your final evening you will dine at Mark Greenaways fabulous ‘Grazing’ Restaurant, Ranked in the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants.


Day 10 – Departure

Your private driver will escort you to Edinburgh Airport, where we must bid you a fond farewell to Scotland and the Luxury Scotland Tours team.