“The ultimate Malt Whisky Tour, a must for every malt whisky enthusiast.”
If you’re reading my blog there’s a good chance you’ve been to a distillery or two already and if not you’re no doubt planning a visit. But why limited yourself to just seeing one or two distilleries when you could have a guided tour to over 20 distilleries? Select Scotland Tours have been running bespoke Malt Whisky Tours for a while, but now they’ve come up with something new – Whisky Galore: The Ultimate Scotch Whisky Tour.
Their tour guides are Scottish Tourists Guides Association ‘Blue Badge’ holders, 3 are Whisky Ambassadors and all are Whisky Enthusiasts. One of their team also spent his working career at Bollinger and is very senior in the wine industry, so there are no worries about them not knowing their stuff!
The tour lasts for 10 days (depending on final choice of distilleries) and covers the following areas/distilleries:
Day 1 Edinburgh and Lowland Region: Glenkinchie, Deanston and Auchentoshan; overnight by Loch Lomond.
Day 2 West to Campbeltown: Glengoyne and Springbank distilleries; overnight near Kennacraig.
Day 3 Islay: Laphroaig & Lagavulin; overnight on Islay.
Day 4 Islay: A Full day to continue our exploration of Islay Malts; overnight on Islay
Day 5 On the West Coast: Oban Distillery; overnight near Fort William.
Day 6 From Skye to The Black Isle: Talisker Distillery; overnight Cromarty.
Day 7 Highland Malts: Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Glen Wyvis, Ben Dronach; overnight near Elgin.
Day 8 Speyside: The Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, The Balvenie; overnight near Elgin.
Day 9 More Highland Malts: Dalwhinnie, Edradour, Blair Athol; overnight near Pitlochry.
Day 10 Grains and Blends: The Famous grouse, White Label and Johnnie Walker.
For those with additional time to spend wishing to sample even more distilleries they can extend the tour to include visits to Old Pulteney before crossing to Orkney, home to Highland Park and Scapa distilleries.
I don’t know about you but 10 days touring over 20 distilleries sounds like a perfect holiday (not sure the wife would agree though!). Now for the important part that I know you’re all wondering about – the cost! This is hard to give a specific figure for as it will vary depending upon which distilleries you choose to visit, what accommodation you pick etc. Select Scotland Tours will be happy to help you choose accommodation that suits your budget and personal taste, however they estimate the cost for medium range accommodation plus transportation and the services of a Select Scotland Tours expert to be around £1,750 based on 6 people sharing twin rooms. Additional spending money will be needed to cover food, distillery tours, ferry to Islay and those all important extra purchases 😉
For a more detail quote you can contact them directly through their website: www.selectscotlandtours.com
As well as the Whisky Galore 10 day tour they have a range of customisable options to suit your needs and budget. This even includes one day tours such as their Spirit of Speyside Speyside Malt Whisky Tour.
*All photos courtesy of Select Scotland Tours.*