Discover the Lowlands and South Highlands Whisky regions
The Lowlands whisky producing area of Scotland is often overlooked by the single-malt drinker as there are many bulk distilling distilleries in the region which cater for blends. There are however, some hidden gems which merit discovery. The recommended start-off point for this tour is Glasgow as we will be heading North and South of the city to get acquainted with the stunning drams produced by the following distilleries:
4 Lowland distilleries:
3 South Highland distilleries:
The beauty of this tour is that it weaves it’s way through the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and South into the sweeping farmland and hills of the Southern Uplands.
The tours chosen give the enthusiast a great insight into each distillery and understand what makes them tick and also delves deep into their past, some have less of a past than others and some have had such a chequered history but are now flourishing. We like to give not only the taste of the Lowlands and South Highlands, but also the history of each distillery and get an idea of the future too.
ALL HIGH SPIRITS TOURS INCLUDE DISTILLERY TOURS WHICH ARE PRE-BOOKED WHERE AVAILABLE. ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES ALSO AVAILABLE AND CAN BE COSTED UP BASED ON YOUR BUDGET. WE WILL ALSO BOOK FOR YOU.
Day 1 – Meet in Glasgow we make our way North to discovery the very different distilleries making up the south Highland distilleries, Glengoyne, Tullibardine and Deanston. These small distilleries make some stunning whiskies. Each of these distilleries have much of interest. Deanston was opened in the 1960s and was formerly a cotton mill and that can be seen today with their interesting warehouse! Tullibardine officially opened in 1949 but there has been a beer brewery at the site since the 15th century! Glengoyne has a quirk in that the spirit is distilled in Highland whisky region and it is matured in Lowland! Therefore, is it a Highland Single Malt or a Lowland?
Day 2 – Back down to “The Big Smoke” of Glasgow. We will spend time exploring again, two very different distilleries. Clydesdale distillery is a beautiful distillery recently commissioned on the banks of the famous River Clyde. The site was originally a pump house. The story of the distillery traces back to the times when the river was industrial and a world centre for shipbuilding and trading. Many casks of whisky would have been shipped all over the world from this area. Auchentoshan Distillery is on the outskirts of the city near the town of Clydebank. Dating back to 1823, there is a long story to tell. The distillery is also famous for its triple distillation.
Day 3 – We venture South of Glasgow into Robert Burns country. Burns is Scotland’s most celebrated poet and whisky lover. We make our way “donn the water” along the coast to discover the old distillery at Bladnoch. Nestled beside the Bladnoch River in a sleepy Southwest village, this distillery has had a chequered past of boom and bust. Now in a boom phase it has been transformed and is now again living up to it’s name as “The Queen of the Lowlands”. Over 200 years of history to discover. From Bladnoch we travel east to the English border and stop off at the newly restored, Annandale Distillery. The distillery was closed in 1918 and it was not reborn until 2014!
Make our way back to Glasgow with a stop off at the historical village of Lanark where cotton mills used the power of the River Clyde to power the mill.
ACCOMMODATION CAN BE PROVIDED ON A SEPARATE PACKAGE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS. WE CAN ALSO RECOMMEND SOME GREAT RESTAURANTS FOR EVENING MEALS.
– 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.