Whisky Tasting in the North of Scotland

Join us on a whisky trail that takes us from Scapa Flow in Orkney to the heart of Speyside, with no fewer than seven distilleries involved. The carefully chosen tastings provide a wide variety of styles, from the peaty notes of Highland Park to the honeyed tones of Dalwhinnie, while a series of scenic excursions highlight the best of the Highlands. The tour will appeal both to whisky connoisseurs and those who are just getting to know the manifold delights of the ‘water of life’.

We begin with a long but highly scenic journey up the ‘backbone’ of Scotland, all the way to our hotel in Thurso in Caithness, where the welcome glass of whisky will be very welcome indeed! Next morning we take the ferry across the Pentland Firth to Orkney and the first of our distillery tours and tastings at the Scapa Distillery in Kirkwall. In the afternoon we contrast and compare at Highland Park where we enjoy the evocatively named ‘Viking Soul’ tour and double tasting.

Back on the mainland we turn south and head for the Glen Ord distillery near Inverness for a vertical tasting of three expressions of the Singleton of Glen Ord. The afternoon is a relaxed affair, with a cruise on Loch Ness and a wander round the ruins of Castle Urquhart before we transfer to our Speyside Hotel.

Over the next two we days we criss-cross the Spey valley with distillery tours and tastings at Cardhu, Glenlivet and Strathisla, as well as visit to the Speyside Cooperage and a trip on the Dufftown to Keith heritage railway.

Heading home we soak up the atmosphere of the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore before soaking up our last few drops of the amber fluid at the Dalwhinnie Distillery, not far from the headwaters of the great river that gives its name to this wondrous part of Scotland.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Tour highlights:

  • Sailing into Scapa Flow on the trail of Orkney’s liquid gold
  • Blind tasting at Cardhu Distillery
  • Rolling out the barrels at the Speyside Cooperage
  • Cruise of Loch Ness and visit to Urquhart Castle
  • Nostalgic train ride of the Keith and Dufftown Railway

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