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Malt Whisky Trail

SCOTLAND

OVERVIEW

 

Discover the secrets behind the art of whisky creation by visiting some of Scotland’s renowned distilleries. Speyside is famous for its wonderful whisky is often called ‘Malt Whisky Country’ and is home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries and the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail, making it a whisky lover’s paradise.

Follow the fantastic Malt Whisky Trail and see the amber nectar being made from barrel to bottle. Discover seven working distilleries, one historic distillery and the Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you can witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and even have a go at making your own mini-cask. Enjoy fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of the distilleries and, as expected, each distillery offers a sample of their unique, hand-crafted malts with dedicated nosing and tasting sessions. On the trail you can visit some of the country’s most unique distilleries. 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Arrive to Aberdeen or Inverness Airport

Private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Stay either at Rocpool Reserve or Culloden House.

Rocpool Reserve

Think of everything you know about hotels, then forget it all instantly. Rocpool Reserve will redefine the experience forever. It's about elegance, not exhibitionism. Glow, not glitter. Quality, not quantity. Our discreet new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant offers you wonderful luxury in the heart of Inverness. It's an invitation to come and indulge. An exclusive hideaway in the centre of the city.

 

 

OR…Culloden House

Elegant, historic Georgian mansion built in the Palladian style dating from 1788, offering high standard of service, cuisine and ambience. Set in 40 acres of grounds. 

 

Day 2 – Speyside

Meet your driver guide who will be guiding you for the rest of the trip.

Begin your tour of Speyside’s famous distilleries by visiting The Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire. Admission is free and the guided tour gives you an insight into the intriguing history of this spectacular single malt, concluding with a complementary dram of The Glenlivet 12, 18-years-old, or Nàdurra.

Drive 13 miles north to Knockandu for your next stop on the trail, Cardhu Distillery. Take one of the two tours offered to find out more about the only malt whisky distillery pioneered by a woman. Enjoy a dedicated tasting and nosing session with an expert at the end of the Glassic Tour which includes a complementary whisky glass to take home. 

Continue 9 miles towards Dufftown, considered by many to be the heart of the Speyside whisky region, where you’ll discover the spectacular Speyside Cooperage. At the only working cooperage in the UK you have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods and you can even have a go at making your own mini-cask.

Overnight – Rocpool or Culloden

 

Day 3 - Speyside

Start your second day with a trip to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. Built by William Grant and his family over a period of 18 months, the first drops of whisky flowed from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. For a truly memorable experience, book a place on the half-day Pioneer’s Tour where you get to bottle your Glenfiddich direct from the cask and enjoy a tasting and nosing masterclass.

A quick journey to Rothes takes you to the Glen Grant Distillery, the only Scotch whisky distillery that is named after its founding owners. Explore the distillery’s beautiful Victorian Garden then take a guided tour or private tasting session to find out more about the distinctive dram.

Take a 20 minute drive to Keith and take a tour of the Strathisla Distillery, the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands which dates back to 1786. One of the distillery’s fantastic tours will give you an insight into the art of blending as the distillery produces a range of Chivas Regal premium blended whiskies alongside its single malt Strathisla 12-Year-Old.

Overnight – Rocpool or Culloden

 

Day 4 - Speyside

Embark on your final day of the trail with a visit to Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, where a warm welcome awaits you. Soak up the brilliant atmosphere in the distillery and watch the small, dedicated team craft the single malt on the Regular Tour or, for an in depth insight, take the Fifth Chapter Tour led by the Distillery Manager.

Take the 20 minute journey to Forres and the Benromach Distillery which is home to the world’s first fully certified organic single malt. Uncover the secrets behind creating Benromach’s beautiful malts with an Exclusive Managers Tour or enjoy the hands-on Bottle Your Own Experience tour.

After a final 10 minute drive you can complete your exploration of the Malt Whisky Trail at Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, the idea of entrepreneur Alexander Edward. Spend time looking around the distillery, which finally closed for production in 1983, and find out more about its fascinating chequered past.

Overnight – Rocpool or Culloden

 

Day 5 – departure - Private transfer to Aberdeen or Inverness Airport. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* 4 nights accommodation with full Scottish breakfast, service charges and taxes included

• 2 airport transfers
• 3 days with driver-guide in the luxury vehicle
• Cardhu Distillery admission
• Glenfiddich Distillery admission
• Glen Grant Distillery admission
• Strathisla Distillery admission
• Glen Moray Distillery admission
• Benromach Distillery - Personal Distillery Manager’s Experience & Bottle Your Own 
• Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery admission
 

 

 

 

 

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