Highland Dram: A Malt Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

SUMMARY: The beautiful valleys of Highland Perthshire are home to some of Scotland’s favourite Highland malt whiskies and provide a great introduction to distilling in Scotland.

Departing from Edinburgh this tour will travel across the iconic Forth Bridges to some of Scotland’s most glorious countryside and the chance to visit the home of some of the most famous whisky manufacturers in the world. Our visits can include a visit to Glenturret, the oldest distillery in Scotland, and home to Scotland’s favourite whisky, ‘The Famous Grouse’; Edradour, one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland; or Blair Athol, one of Diageo’s Classic Malts and home to England’s favourite, ‘Bell’s’.

There will be plenty of time to experience both the manufacturing process and to sample the finished product, a wonderful dram of Highland single malt whisky.

HIGHLIGHTS & KEY LOCATIONS: Tay Valley, Highland Perthshire, Malt Whisky Tastings, Glenturret Distillery, Edradour Distillery, Blair Athol Distillery.

ITINERARY: Our day starts by leaving Edinburgh and travelling north across the famous Forth Bridges to Perthshire and the old Highland droving town of Crieff, arriving in time for coffee at Glenturret; our first visit of the day. Founded in 1775 and now home to The Famous Grouse, this is Scotland’s oldest working distillery and was recently named Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions. We will enjoy a tour lasting approximately 60 minutes finishing with a tutored nosing and tasting of some of Glenturret’s best single malts.

After our visit we will travel to Pitlochry via the Sma Glen, a truly magnificent drive amongst Perthshire’s heather clad hills.

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

Following lunch we can travel the short distance to Edradour Distillery, which until recently was the smallest distillery in Scotland, or to Blair Athol, home to one of The Classic Malts. Here we will enjoy another tour and tutored tasting, perhaps enjoying a special dram drawn straight from the cask or some new and limited release expressions.

Our return journey to Edinburgh takes us through the beautiful Tay Valley, past Loch Leven, and crossing the Forth Bridges, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

OVERNIGHT STOPS & ACCOMMODATION: Although this is a one-day tour departing from Edinburgh, you may choose to extend your stay to include additional Perthshire highlights such as Blair Castle or historic Dunkeld. We are happy to provide recommendations.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: River Tay, Mountain Scenery, Glenturret, The Sma Glen, Forth Bridges (NB. although photography is not allowed within distillery production areas, there are opportunities to take photos in certain places within the distilleries).

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