Less well-known than their Speyside cousins, this tour puts the spotlight on the intimate distilleries of the North East of Scotland in the North East Highland area, in whisky terms.
This tour offers an in-depth, connoisseurs discovery of these fantastic distilleries and their single malt delights. The tour combines exploration of these tiny distilleries as well as the wonder of the calmness majesty of the Northeast farmlands and coast. The pace of this tour is gentle. No rushing around from distillery to distillery. There is so much stunning scenery to explore also, why rush?
Over the 2 days, we will discover, in depth :
Glen Garioch – A Rare Pair (Glen Garioch pair their whiskies with cheese)
GlenDronach – Connoisseurs Experience Tour
Glenglassaugh – Behind the Scenes Tour (Min 4 people)
Strathisla – Chivas Blending Experience (Learn and then blend your own “Chivas” whisky!)
From the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside to the coastal plains by the North Sea, this tour delights everyone.
Accommodation and restaurant suggested will reflect the premium nature of this tour to add a little bit extra.
Sit back and let us do all the organising for your Premium whisky tour.
NB, the “Behind the Scenes” tour of Glenglassaugh requests a minimum of 4 people but we may still be able to get the tour with less people or at least a variation to the standard tour.
ALL HIGH SPIRITS TOURS INCLUDE ENTRY INTO SCHEDULED ATTRACTIONS/ DISTILLERIES. YOU PAY FOR NOTHING EXTRA EXCEPT ANY EXTRA TOURS YOU CHOSE OUTWITH DETAILED HERE PLUS FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION. ACCOMMODAITON PACKAGE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Day 1 – Glen Garioch and GlenDronach Discovery
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 or charm! 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, 15, 18 and 21-year old expressions are proving popular with our guests! In fact, that is pretty much most of them! A special part of this tour is a late afternoon/ evening visit to the quirky, Grouse Inn. It is about 30mins drive from where we will stay but it has a phenomenal collection of whisky that any enthusiast will appreciate, and well worth a visit. It is possible to request an accommodation package of your choice at the booking stage.
Day 2 – Glenglassaugh and Strathisla (Chivas Regal) Discovery
After breakfast, we make our way to the Moray Firth coastal village of Portsoy for a visit to the shy distillery of Glenglassaugh. Not one for shouting it’s praises it has been brought back from the dead and is now blossoming again. We will take in a “Behind the Scenes” tour. After this, we will take in some lunch. A suggestion can be the The Galley in Whitehills, it specialises in seafood including the famous chowder from the area, called Cullen Skink. Other options are available for non-seafood lovers.
We then drive back South to the town of Keith and the Strathisla Distillery, the home of Chivas, for a special blending session. You can roll up your sleeves and attempt to come up with the next Chivas Regal. A lot of fun for all! We will then make our way back to Aberdeen .
– 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.