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Scottish Castles and Whisky Tour

Scottish Castles and Whisky Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Castle Accommodation

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Starting in the capital, Edinburgh, this tour travels north and east to explore Scotland’s castles and world famous single malt scotch whisky. Along the way you will discover each castles colourful history and mixed with sampling the magic of Scotland. Stay four nights in a wonderful medieval castle.

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This tour begins in the capital city, Edinburgh and takes you through the stunning scenery of the Highlands to the centre of malt whisky production of Speyside. You visit some of the most important and glamorous castles in the country and visit the best distilleries, where you see the production process from start to finish and sample the fine whiskies created here. Staying in a luxurious castle, you have the chance to experience the cuisine of Scotland in a lavish setting.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Royal Mile - Castle

Day 1: Edinburgh - Royal Mile - Castle

We start our tour in one of the World’s most famous streets, the ROYAL MILE. At the top is Edinburgh CASTLE. Dating from the C12th, you will see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and hear the castle's stories. Half way down is ST GILES CATHEDRAL - Scotland's principal church. At the bottom is the Palace of HOLYROODHOUSE best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots and now the Queen’s official residence. The SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE will help you discover the stories and magic behind the art of whisky production. It is an introduction to the processes you will see in greater detail later in the tour.

Day 2: Stirling Castle - Trossachs - Dewars

Day 2: Stirling Castle - Trossachs - Dewars

Travelling north to STIRLING CASTLE, was once the residence of the Scottish Kings and perched onto of an extinct volcano. Some of the country’s most famous warriors lived and fought here including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The TROSSACHS National Park is regarded as quintessential Scottish scenery. The area combines the wilds with accessibility – all the lochs can be reached by car. Dewars is one of the world’s best selling brands. Started in Aberfeldy over 160 years ago by JOHN DEWAR as a small family business, by the end of the C19th, it was one of the premier blended whiskies.

Day 3: Glamis Castle - Fettercairn - Dunnottar

Day 3: Glamis Castle - Fettercairn - Dunnottar

GLAMIS CASTLE is more a French Chateau than a medieval castle. Built of red sandstone and set in beautiful grounds, for over 600 years it has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore. It was also the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Travelling towards the coast, FETTERCAIRN Distillery nestles into the Cairngorms and was established in 1824. The Old Single Malt is the tour highlight. Set is a spectacular position the ruined remains DUNNOTTAR CASTLE tell the story of much of the country’s history. Prominent people from history from St Ninian to William Wallace have stayed here.

Day 4: Castle Stay - Speyside - Glenlivet

Day 4: Castle Stay - Speyside - Glenlivet

We are now in the SPEYSIDE area, the largest concentration of distilleries on the planet. BALLINDALLOCH Castle one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. Known as the Pearl of the North it has been the home of the Macpherson family since 1546. The GLENLIVET, This is the biggest selling malt in the American market. It is a whisky of structure and complexity with a flowery, peachy style, derived from the light peating and the hardness of the mountain water which runs underground for many miles. Dufftown is the capital of Speyside and we can stop off at the famous WHISKY SHOP. Tonight, you will stay in a CASTLE.

Day 5: Macallan - Aberlour

Day 5: Macallan - Aberlour

MACALLAN and ABERLOUR have comprehensive tours of the distillery process and today, these two tours will give you a full understanding of whisky production. Macallan is Speyside’s best known heavyweight. Following the tour, you will have the opportunity to sample the oaky, resiny, sherried flavours of the whiskies. Their fine collection of old whiskies range in price from $110 to$33,000 per bottle. Aberlour is one of the most respected whiskies in Scotland. You are able to hand-fill your own personally labelled bottle of Aberlour from a sherry butt and a bourbon barrel, both fine examples of the distillery’s style.

Day 6: Cawdor Castle - Glen Moray - Glen Grant

Day 6: Cawdor Castle - Glen Moray - Glen Grant

CAWDOR CASTLE is magical place. Made famous by Shakespeare as the home of Macbeth, it is a fairly tale castle over 600 years old. Today, it is a family home with three gardens and even a golf course. GLEN MORAY distillery on the banks of the River Lossie. Famous for its wine finishes, the distillery uses Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc barrels and has recently introduced the Vallee du Rhone. Close-by is GLEN GRANT, named after its founders John and James Grant in 1840 and having sampled the malts, we stroll around the delightful Victorian garden created by James Grant’s son.

Day 7: Cardhu - Glenfarclas - Glenfiddich

Day 7: Cardhu - Glenfarclas - Glenfiddich

Today, we will visit some of Speyside’s famous names. Firstly, CARDHU which is Gaelic for “black rock”. This is an historic distillery started in 1824 and the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. Then to GLENFARCLAS, where the stills are the biggest in Speyside. GLENFIDDICH is the best selling single malt whisky in the world. The production plant is little changed since 1866 when William Grant and his family founded the distillery. Time permitting; we can visit the SPEYSIDE COOPERAGE. Since 1947, this family owned business has produces the finest casks from the best American Oak.

Day 8: Dalwhinnie - Blair Castle - Edradour

Day 8: Dalwhinnie - Blair Castle - Edradour

Travelling along the whisky smuggler’s route south, our first stop will be at DALWHINNIE. Dramatically set 1073 feet this is Scotland’s highest distillery. Close-by is BLAIR CASTLE, a classic castle and a major stately home. Set in a wonderful estate, this is the seat of the Murray family. The castle has vast collections of weapons, paintings and furniture. The pipes of Bonnie Prince Charlie are also on show. Our last stop is EDRADOUR, Scotland’s smallest distillery, producing fine single malts on a farmhouse scale. From here, it will take about a couple of hours to get back to Edinburgh or Glasgow.


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