A Whisky tour of the Highlands & Islands 2018
For the perfect holiday, take one part stunning scenery, two parts touring and tasting, three parts delicious whisky, and serve chilled. Our suggestion? Serve up with a side of expert guidance and convivial company.
A dram of whisky at home, in your very own chair, unfettered by time or outside demands, is a beautiful thing. But sometimes, an adventure can be even better. So why not take your love of whisky on the road with our spectacular tour of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands, bursting with notes of sea spray and mountain air?
From the Highlands of mainland Scotland to the majestic windswept islands of Mull and Skye, we sip and swirl to our hearts’ content. Visit distilleries at Ardnamurchan and Tullibardine; tantalise your tastebuds with expert-led tastings in the shadow of Ben Nevis and the colourful coast of Tobermory; and enjoy sumptuous Scottish produce at elegant restaurants and modern, laid-back whisky bars.
We depart from our pick-up points this morning and make our way north, passing along the very bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, as well as through the splendid Highland scenery of the Trossachs. We arrive in time for lunch at Oban, a picturesque west-coast town known as the gateway to the Hebridean Islands. Having lined our stomachs it’s time for our first whisky tasting of the trip, as we enjoy a tour of Oban Distillery, one of the oldest producers of single malt scotch in the world. Our highlight here is most certainly Oban’s 14-year old blend, traditionally served with a piece of crystallised ginger.
After a restful night in our harbourside hotel, we begin today with a ferry ride to Mull, keeping our eyes peeled for whales, dolphins and porpoises on the way. Upon arrival we enjoy a private visit and tastings at the Tobermory Distillery, which was established back in 1798. Following lunch we board a ferry to the mainland via Kilchoan, Britain’s most westerly village. From here it’s a short ride to the Ardnamurchan and Adelphi Distilleries, where we enjoy our second round of tastings for the day. Our journey continues via the Corran Ferry, and leads to Fort William, our base for the next two nights.
Let the fresh air and cool breezes restore you during our glorious morning cruise over Loch Linnhe. This our chance to take a peek at the resident seal population as well as – fingers crossed – some local golden and white-tailed eagles. We also drink in the incredible scenery of Ben Nevis and its surroundings. After lunch at a loch-side seafood restaurant we make a photo stop at the crumbling ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle, before the golden drams of the Ben Nevis Distillery beckon. A tasting in the shadow of Great Britain’s highest mountain crowns the day.
It’s over the sea to Skye this morning, as the ferry carries us across to Mallaig, on the island’s southern shores. The journey alone is worth the trip, but the treats don’t stop there: instead our coach continues north, rewarding us with a visit to the Talisker Distillery in the gorgeous rural village of Carbost. Lunch brings us to the well-stocked Seumas Bar, with its collection of over 400 malts – you won’t be surprised to learn that this has been the winner of “Whisky Bar of the Year” for four years running!
Our final stop today is Gaelic Whiskies, an independent company bursting with non-chill-filtered flavour…
Today we cross the Skye Bridge, beginning our scenic journey back to Central Scotland. But first we stop at Eilean Donan Castle, a romantic 13th-century pile on the shores of the Kyle of Lochalsh. This island spot is a true Scottish icon, situated at the majestic meeting point of three sea lochs. We resume our drive through the Highlands, pausing for a visit to Edradour, one of the country’s smallest distilleries, with over 25 varieties of single malt scotch to tempt us.
Our day ends in bustling Perth, where we enjoy a jovial farewell supper with the group.
It may already be our final day, but there’s still time for one last tour and tasting. Get set for the Tullibardine Distillery, an independent, family-run haven of handcrafted single malts. Distilling, maturation and bottling are all done on site, making Tullibardine somewhat of a rarity in today’s whisky industry.
We sip down the last drops of nectar, break for lunch, and prepare to say our goodbyes. This afternoon we return to our pick-up points, and head home.
- Five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation: one night at the 4* Perle Oban Hotel, Oban; two nights at the Highland Hotel, Fort William; one night at the 4* Duisdale House Hotel, Skye, and one night at the 3* Salutation Hotel, Perth
- Six lunches and five dinners with wine
- Return coach transfers from pick-up points in Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Ferry crossings to Mull, Kilchoan, Mallaig and Corran
- Comfortable coaching across the Highlands and Islands
- Visits to Oban Distillery, Tobermory Distillery, Ardnamurchan Distillery, Adelphi Distillery, Old Inverlochy Castle, Ben Nevis Distillery, Talisker Distillery, Gaelic Whiskies, Eilean Donan Castle, Edradour Distillery and Tullibardine Distillery
- A morning cruise along Loch Linnhe
- Services of a specialist guide as Brightwater Holidays tour manager
2018 Insurance Prices
As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below:
Under 65, from £18.00 | 65-74, from £35.00 | 75 and over, from £52.00
Under 65, from £32.00 | 65-74, from £64.00 | 75 and over, from £96.00
Prices on application