Multi-day trip

From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

Multi-day trip

From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Sit back and let us do the driving while you visit some of the finest distilleries in Speyside, sample the whisky and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Highlands. Over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries are found along the Speyside Whisky Trail!

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 16 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel with a small, friendly group in a luxury mini-coach
  • Visit 4 of Scotland’s single malt whisky distilleries
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Scottish Highlands
Full description

A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whiskey distilleries. Sample local whiskey and enjoy the scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside, and Royal Deeside on a tasting trip from Edinburgh.

Day 1: Head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery. This modern Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first-ever recorded distillery in the country. 

After lunch in Braemar, you can sample the delights of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. The outstanding flavor of its whisky was appreciated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on one of many visits to their summer residence, Balmoral Castle. 

If your tour departs between November 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023, you'll visit the Whisky Castle instead of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery. At this whisky specialist shop, you can enjoy a tasting of 3 drams.

At the end of your first day, continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey, your base for 2 nights (accommodation included).

Day 2: Enjoy a whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whiskey region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, make your first stop of the day at Glen Moray Distillery, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks. 

Travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage (Monday and Wednesday tours only). At this location, discover another aspect of the whiskey-making process.

After lunch in nearby Aberlour, visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here, travel back to Grantown on Spey.

Day 3: In the morning visit Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. Then, enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside.

Pass by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here, the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Perthshire, and back to Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Driver/guide
  • Tour transportation in a 16-seat minibus
  • 2-night accommodation in a bed and breakfast
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Refreshments
  • Attraction entry fees
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note: From 1 February 2023 all tours from Edinburgh will depart from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
  • Transportation is by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for a more personal experience
  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour; Scotland can be a wet place
  • Accommodation: We use a selection of small, locally owned, guest houses and B&Bs in the town of Grantown-on-Spey. All rooms are ensuite. The guesthouses may be up to 20-minutes walk from the town center. For individual travelers please select the single accommodation option. For 2 or more people traveling together, please choose the twin room shared option
  • You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tour. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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A fabulous trip! We had no idea we were going to see so much of Scotland. Great visits to 6-6 whisky distilleries. Wonderful drives and visits to stunning forests and Highlands nature, the heather in bloom! Charming towns. Friendly people and good food and drink! Highly recommend!

March 27, 2023

We absolutely loved this trip with Rabbies. Our driver, Martin, was second to none! The wealth of knowledge he posseses and his delightful way of sharing his information...Great guy, we stayed in Garden park organized by them. Wouldn't stay anywhere else. The distillerys were all good. The best part for me? Seeing the countryside... overwhelmed with the beautiful places we saw...all the way from NZ, I'm coming back Deb

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March 27, 2023

The entire trip was wonderful. The driver / Guide Martin was such a wonderful host and the rest of the passengers from the states were so fun and friendly. The itinerary crafted was also excellent. Definitely will recommend this whiskey trails to my friends.

March 27, 2023

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