A tour specifically designed for enthusiasts of Highland whiskies. Visit each of the distilleries and spend time with those who produce them who can tell you anything you want to know and tempt your tastebuds by giving you fabulous samples, many with special drams! Be tempted to purchase some bottles too! We have various levels of accommodation we can offer. These should be agreed at time of booking enquiry. We of course will not just be sampling the whiskies of the North. On our time outs from savouring the fine malts we will visit some of the Highlands best known attractions and even some little known hidden ones! Recommended meeting point for this tour is Inverness as travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow takes up a lot of the tour time.
Day 1 – Start off at Inverness, head South to the remote distillery of Tomatin to have their ‘Single Cask Experience’ tour which allows you to delve into the world of cask selection and get to nose and taste 5 different single cask expressions. -Lunch at the delicious Mustard Seed restaurant in Inverness on the banks of the River Ness. (at own expense). -Explore Inverness at leisure after lunch. -Leisurely drive to the large distillery of Glen Ord for the ‘Experience Tasting Tour’ -Dinner at Kincraig Hotel (at own expense) -After dinner tasting of 4 local whiskies tasting at the Kincraig ‘Whisky Snug’ (included in price).
Day 2 – After a hearty breakfast take the remote, beautiful route to the Balblair distillery in Edderton.
-Take the Balblair Enthusiasts tour to discover the history of the distillery and the brand and even have the chance to purchase your own hand-filled bottle of singe-cask Balblair!
-Travel over the Dornoch bridge with stunning views over the firth to the cathedral ‘city’ of Dornoch. Take a stroll along the beautiful white sandy beach before having lunch at the Dornoch Castle Hotel (own expense) with it’s astonishing whisky bar! After lunch we take a look at the tiny, very new Dornoch distillery in the hotel grounds and discover what they are up to and sample some of the gin already being produced.
-We then make our way north to the stunning gothic castle at Dunrobin.
-We then take the short drive to the outskirts of Tain to visit the iconic Glenmorangie Distillery on their in depth ‘Signet Tour’.
-Dinner of your choice. Suggestions available. Accomodation for night in Dornoch (selections available. Please detail in advance what level of accommodation you would like and we will do the rest).
Day 3 – After a hearty breakfast we head North again paying a visit to the stunning gothic castle of Dunrobin then move towards the iconic Clynelish and Brora distilleries where we will sample a ‘Taste of the Highlands’. After our delicious stop at Clynelish we head South along the coast then over the stunning Struie Hill and stop off at the stunning Cadha Mor view point. Grab a light lunch and some retail therapy at the Storehouse of Foulis. A great place to soak up any sun rays.
-Visit the beautiful Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer before making leisurely return to Inverness.
– 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 3 consecutive days free in the calendar.