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Scottish Whisky Journey

From Heather to Peat

(7 days / 6 nights)

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DISCOVER SCOTLAND’S WHISKY AND ADMIRE ITS BEAUTY

With your very own private driver-guide behind the wheel, this week-long tour will take you to three of the most popular whisky regions of Scotland. You will have some time to discover the capital Edinburgh, before heading into the Highlands and into the world-famous Speyside region. From there you’ll head to the west coast to explore Islay, passing, along the way, through some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, including the Cairngorms National Park, and Glen Coe. We have not included any distilleries in the tour to allow you to tailor distillery tours and tastings to your preferences.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 3085 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Scotland
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Tour Highlights

  • Visit world-famous distilleries and sample various whiskies
  • See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Discover the Speyside region and its whiskies
  • Admire the beauty of the west coast of Scotland and island of Islay
  • Take in the breathtaking beauty of Glen Coe
  • Explore Oban, the gateway to the isles
  • See Neolithic and Bronze Age stone circles and remains around Kilmartin Glen
  • Stroll up the Royal Mile and discover the capital city Edinburgh
  • Hassle-free travel experience with a local and experienced driver-guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Highlands i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Whisky i

Season

Mar - Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1129/704 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

    Upon your arrival in Edinburgh, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you to your hotel in the city centre. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. You could also take in the largest private collection of whisky in the world at the Scotch Whisky Experience or taste some unique drams at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: THE HISTORY OF WHISKY AND THE HIGHLANDS

    Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel to start your journey into the Scottish Highlands. We’ll cross the Firth of Forth, giving you scenic views of the UNESCO Forth Railway Bridge. On the way north, there are various distilleries you may wish to visit. We recommend Lindores Distillery, where, it is said, distilling has been taking place since at least 1494. We’ll continue into Highland Perthshire, where you could stop at some great whisky shops for tasting, or even tour the Edradour Distillery. As you continue your drive, there is also Dalwhinnie Distillery, where they pair their whisky with locally made chocolates.

    Spend the night in Speyside.

    Average Driving Distance: 261 km / 162 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 - 9 Hours

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  • Day 3: EXPLORE SPEYSIDE

    Today we’ll delve into the Speyside Whisky region. Home to over half of Scotland’s Distilleries, there are many different options for tours and tastings depending on your preferences. You may wish to have a post-breakfast tasting at the independently-owned Benromach Distillery before heading to the famous The Macallan Distillery. You will have time to wander along the banks of the River Spey and admire Thomas Telford’s iron bridge at Craigellachie. In the afternoon, we recommend taking an intimate tour at Balvenie Distillery, visiting the Speyside Cooperage or going for a tasting at Aberlour Distillery

    Spend another night in Speyside.

    Average Driving Distance: 97 km / 60mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 - 9 Hours

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  • Day 4: SPEYSIDE TO ISLAY

    This morning we’ll make our way over to the west coast, passing through Laggan from where you’ll be able to see Ben Nevis in the distance, the UK’s highest mountain. There will be time to admire the breathtaking beauty of Glen Coe, Scotland’s most famous valley, before passing through the pretty seaside town of Oban. Continuing south, we’ll drive past beautiful sea lochs to the historical Kilmartin Glen. This area is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. In the early evening, we’ll board the ferry to the Isle of Islay.

    Spend the night on Islay.

    Average Driving Distance: 381 km / 237 mi. (including Ferry Crossing)
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 10 - 12 Hours (Incl. 2 hours Ferry Crossing)
    Ferry Duration: 2 Hours

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  • Day 5: EXPLORING ISLAY

    You have all day today to explore the best that Islay has to offer. It is home to nine distilleries, offering you plenty of choice of tours and tastings. In the south of the island, there are the smoky and complex Kildalton distilleries, including Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. In the north, you‘ll have a choice of lighter smoked whiskies with salty coastal notes, at Bruichladdich Distillery or at the newest distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe. While discovering the island‘s whiskies, you can also stop at some of its many wonderful sights, including the peat bogs, a vital part of Islay‘s peaty whisky flavour, and the 8th-century Kildalton Celtic Cross. And don‘t miss taking a walk along the beautiful Machir Beach and learning more about weaving at the Islay Woollen Mill.

    Spend another night on Islay.

    Average Driving Distance: 80 km / 50 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9 - 10 Hours

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  • Day 6: ISLAY TO EDINBURGH

    Today we will catch a ferry back to the mainland and make our way back to Edinburgh (you can choose to end your trip in Glasgow in the optional activities below). We‘ll drive along the beautiful Loch Fyne and stop at the pretty whitewashed village of Inveraray. Here you can see Inveraray Castle, the home of the Duke of Argyll, and make any last-minute purchase at the Loch Fyne Whisky Shop. We’ll then continue our journey, passing by the viewpoint Rest and Be Thankful and along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

    Back in Edinburgh, your driver-guide will drop you off at your accommodation. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at one of Edinburgh‘s many gourmet restaurants and spend the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

    Average Driving Distance: 310km / 195 mi. (Incl. Ferry Crossing)
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9 - 10 Hours (Incl. 2 hours Ferry Crossing)
    Ferry Duration: 2 Hours

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  • Day 7: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

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Price per person from

Approx 3085 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, the itinerary, accommodation, and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR PRIVATE TOURS
This package is one of our private tours, which means you will have a dedicated and private local guide at your side throughout the trip. You will enjoy private transfers to and from the airport, and a private drive around the Highlands. Because it is just you and your guide, that means it will be easily tailored to your unique needs and interest. Get in touch to customise this package further, for any additional nights before and after the trip or other changes to the itinerary.

YOUR PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced Scottish tour guide, who will drive you around Scotland and share their local knowledge, including hidden gems and stories, with you along the way. Depending on availability and on the size of your travelling party, we can offer a range of vehicles from a 4x4 luxury car to a 16-passenger Mercedes-Benz mini-bus.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels and guesthouses around the country based on personal experience and comfort. Please note, that generally in Scotland, whilst room sizes may vary, our room types are based on European standard sizes. Please be aware that, due to the historic nature of the properties we often select, most of the rooms are only accessible by going up stairs, as there are, in some cases, no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

WHISKY DISTILLERY VISITS
To allow you to tailor distillery visits to your preferences amongst the wide selection of distilleries around Scotland, our private whisky tours do not include distilleries. After booking your tour, your personal travel consultant will work with you to design an itinerary that takes in a range of tours and tastings, so you make the most of each day.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE FROM GLASGOW
If you are planning on arriving in Glasgow, you could book a private transfer from Glasgow Airport to your accommodation in Edinburgh to start the journey in a comfortable way. During certain tours, you will have the options to end your trip in Glasgow, rather than Edinburgh, if that is more convenient for you.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in British Pounds (£, GBP). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

IMPORTANT & USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR 
We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour.

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