Less well-known than their Speyside cousins, this tour puts the spotlight on the intimate distilleries of Aberdeenshire.
Discover the single malt delights of this Aberdeenshire whisky tour. This tour combines exploration of these tiny distilleries as well as the wonder of the majesty of the Cairngorms National Park. The pace of this tour is gentle. No rushing around from distillery to distillery. The reason for this is that there is so much stunning scenery to explore also! Over the 2 days, we will discover:
4 Aberdeenshire distilleries
1 craft brewery
and some attractive seaside and farming towns and villages to sample some fine local beers by the harbour and maybe eat some amazing seafood.
From the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside to the coastal plains by the North Sea, this tour delights everyone. There will also be some advice give as to the best restaurants in the region for you to build up your energy for the following days touring.
ALL HIGH SPIRITS TOURS INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION AND ENTRY INTO SCHEDULED ATTRACTIONS/ DISTILLERIES
Day 1 – Meet in Aberdeen we make our way North to spend some time at the farm distilleries of Glen Garioch and GlenDronach. These small distilleries make some stunning whiskies, proving small in stature does not mean, small in flavour! Glen Garioch is a labour-intensive distillery that harks back to days of old! The 15-year old Glen Garioch is a favourite! GlenDronach produces predominantly sherry-casked whiskies which are a delight on the palate. The latest 12 and 15-year old batches are proving popular with our guests! Late afternoon we will focus our attention on beer and in particular the Brewdog brewery in Ellon. It is a quirky, funky place and popular with the locals. We will have a fun tour around the facility and get to taste the finished product too! Accommodation will be at a good standard of local hotel (3* level). Standard accommodation is included in the price. It is possible to request a higher standard of accommodation of your choice at the booking stage.
Day 2 – For Day 2 we make our way into the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park with frequent stops at various beautiful locations, many with historical significance. The two distilleries visited today are Royal Lochnagar beside Balmoral Castle and Fettercairn (summer only). Both of these distilleries are small farm style distilleries with the idyllic Royal Lochnagar having had royal connections back in Victorian times when Queen Victoria visited in 1848. Moving on to Fettercairn distillery set amongst lush, fertile farmland often surrounded by golden barley fields in Summer. A visit to the peaceful area of Glenesk is a joy. We will also visit the Victorian villages of Fettercairn and Edzell with a visit to Edzell Castle and Gardens before making our way back to Aberdeen city.
– Standard – Basic level accommodation costed in any tour priced including accommodation.
– Premium – Higher grade likely to include breakfast or standard level accommodation in an area where general costs of accommodation are higher due to seasonality.
– Luxury – Superior high level accommodation likely to be graded 5* by the Scottish Tourist Board and likely to include dinner in the package. Availability for this can be limited in some areas.
PLEASE NOTE: WHERE AN ADJUSTMENT TO COST OF ACCOMMODATION HAS TO BE MADE, UP OR DOWN, AN ADJUSTMENT INVOICE OR CREDIT WILL BE ISSUED ONCE ACCOMMODATION IS FINALISED.
Please note that this tour will require 2 consecutive days free in the calendar.