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Triple Scotch: Highland and Speyside Malt Whisky Tour
SUMMARY: The Highland and Speyside Malt Whisky Tour is perfect for enthusiasts who wish to visit some of Scotland’s most famous whisky regions. This three-day tour explores the history, geography and flavours of Scotland’s Highland and Speyside Malt Whisky Regions, and will visit at least eight of our most famous distilleries. From Glenlivet and Macallan in Speyside to Dalwhinnie and Edradour in the Highlands, this is truly the opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the best whisky Scotland has to offer. As we follow the course of two of Scotland’s most famous rivers, the Tay and the Spey, we will be provided with the additional benefit of experiencing Scotland’s breath-taking scenery, history and fantastic cuisine.
Speyside and the Highlands are synonymous with malt whisky, with over 90 distilleries across these areas. This tour is designed to showcase these famous whisky regions, visit some of the most noted distilleries, explore the variations in taste and flavour, and experience ‘hands-on’ the different ways used to make malt whisky. To be called ‘Scotch Whisky’ there are three simple rules that must be followed: it must be produced in Scotland; aged for a minimum of three years; and be matured in oak casks. It is from contact with these oak casks that many of the complex flavours, which are unique to each distillery, come from.
At Select Scotland Tours, our qualified guides and whisky experts are always flexible, and this tour can be readily modified to incorporate your favourite whiskies, take in other areas of interest, or incorporate your ancestral heritage.
The starting point is based on departure from Edinburgh or Glasgow but can be altered to suit clients based in Aberdeen, Dundee, St Andrews or Central Scotland.
DURATION: 3 Days (depending on final choice of distilleries).
HIGHLIGHTS & KEY LOCATIONS: Inverness, Speyside, Perthshire, River Tay, River Spey, Cairngorms National Park
Day 1 Southern Highland Region and Selected Famous Blends:
The exact itinerary will depend on the starting point for the tour. For example, from Glasgow the first day will start at Glengoyne. Nestling below Dumgoyne and straddling the boundary between Lowland and Highland, Glengoyne claims to have the slowest distilling process of all distilleries. This will be followed by a visit to Deanston Distillery nestling beside Doune Castle and the River Teith. Alternatively, from Edinburgh the first day will start with a visit to Glenturret Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in Scotland and home to The Famous Grouse. This will be followed by a visit to Aberfeldy Distillery, home to the famous Dewars White Label but equally famous for its 12 Year-old malt. We will overnight in Pitlochry, a scenic Highland town with many great pubs and restaurants.
Day 2 Speyside: The Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Balvenie; overnight near Elgin in the spiritual heart of Speyside whisky.
Speyside is home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries producing whiskies renowned for their flavours of apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice. Speyside itself is traditionally split into eight defined towns and areas: Rothes, Strathisla, Lossie, Livet, Findhorn, Dufftown, Deveron and Central. Here we will visit some of Scotland’s most famous distilleries, taking time to appreciate the subtle differences between the whiskies of this wonderful region; from the light grassy tones of The Glenlivet to the richer, sweeter taste of The Macallan.
Day 3 More Highland Malts: Dalwhinnie, Edradour, Blair Athol
Leaving Elgin, we head south through the beautiful scenery of the Central Highlands, stopping to visit Dalwhinnie, Edradour and Blair Athol distilleries. Dalwhinnie is the coldest working distillery in Scotland, using water from a loch at 2000 feet. Located on an historic drove road, Dalwhinnie continues to thrive in extreme conditions. Blair Athol distillery in Pitlochry stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It uses water from the Allt Dour Burn to produce a whisky with mellow tones and an exceptionally smooth finish, which is used in Bell's, one of the most popular blended whiskies in the UK. The picturesque distillery at Edradour claims to be one of Scotland’s smallest, producing only 50,000 litres of malt whisky per year. It may be small, but this perfect little gem is well worth visiting. Our tour will continue south along the Tay Valley to our end point in Edinburgh or Glasgow
OVERNIGHT STOPS & ACCOMMODATION: 4* accommodation is available at all overnight locations on this tour, but we are happy to advise on a range of alternatives from family run B&Bs to restaurants with rooms.
For those with additional time to spend, we will happily extend this tour to include visits to North Highland distilleries such as Glenmorangie or Talisker on the beautiful Isle of Skye.