Hauf and a Hauf: A Malt Whisky and Craft Beer Tour from Edinburgh

SUMMARY: The Scottish Borders and the beautiful Tweed Valley are home to one of the finest Lowland Scotch Malt Whisky distilleries and one of Scotland’s oldest ‘craft’ breweries. These provide a great introduction to the history of both distilling and brewing in Scotland.

Our visits will include a ‘Hauf and a Hauf’, which in Scots means a beer with a whisky chaser! Our first visit, or ‘Hauf’ will be to Glenkinchie Distillery, one of Diageo’s Classic Malts. There will be plenty of time to both explore the manufacturing process and enjoy the finished product; a wonderful dram of Lowland single malt whisky. We will then have our second ‘Hauf’ at Traquair House where they’ve been brewing craft beer for over 250 years.

HIGHLIGHTS & KEY LOCATIONS: Tweed Valley, Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, Lowland Malt Whisky Tastings, Glenkinchie, River Tweed

ITINERARY: Our day starts by leaving Edinburgh and travelling south to Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in the Holywood Blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Built around 1485 it is home to some truly magnificent stone carvings.

We will then travel the short distance to Glenkinchie Distillery where we will enjoy a tour lasting approximately 60 minutes finishing with a tutored nosing and tasting of some of Glenkinchie’s best single malts.

After our visit we will travel south to the beautiful Borders Town of Melrose, a truly magnificent drive amongst the heather clad hills of the Southern Uplands.

Our lunch stop will be at a local pub, specialising in locally sourced produce and a chance to sample some more great single malts and local craft beers.

Following lunch we can travel along the beautiful Tweed Valley to Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest continuously inhabited house; home to the Stuart family since 1491. We’ll be following in royal footsteps too; Traquair has been visited by 27 Scottish kings and queens, and dates back to 1107.

Beer has been brewed at Traquair since the 1700s and became one on the original ‘craft beer’ pioneers in Scotland in the 1970s, resurrecting recipes from 200 years earlier. Our visit will allow us to sample a selection of these excellent Traquair Ales.

Our return journey to Edinburgh takes us along the beautiful River Tweed to the charming Borders town of Peebles where we then head north to arrive back in Edinburgh.

OVERNIGHT STOPS & ACCOMMODATION: Although this is a one-day tour departing from Edinburgh, you can choose to extend your stay to include additional highlights of the Borders, such as Abbotsford House or Floors Castle. We are happy to provide recommendations.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: River Tweed, Rosslyn Chapel, Borders scenery, Traquair House (NB although photography is not allowed within the distillery’s production areas, there are opportunities to take exterior photos).

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