The Essential Whisky Experience - 1 day tour
The Essential Whisky Tour
One day tour
Follow the whisky trail and let a dram or two tingle on your tongue at two of Scotland’s most famous distilleries – Dewar’s and Deanston. Along the way, gaze across the waters of tranquil Loch Lubnaig and Loch Leven and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the town of Aberfeldy. End your perfect day with a photo at the world-famous Doune Castle.
Price range: £38-£42
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery - experience the famous whisky and chocolate tasting tour
Loch Leven - see the castle where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned and learn the story of her tragic life.
Aberfeldy - enjoy free time in this picturesque village
Deanston Distillery - discover how Scotch whisky is made using traditional methods
Doune Castle - see this once Royal residence which stars in the hit TV series Outlander
Loch Lubnaig - explore one of Scotland’s most picturesque lakes
Movie locations - Braveheart, Effie Gray and Outlaw King
Full Tour Itinerary
Heading north from the capital, we journey through the rolling Kinross countryside to our first stop – Loch Leven. Here, we gaze across its tranquil waters to Lochleven Castle, whose imposing walls held Mary, Queen of Scots captive in 1567 before her daring escape.
The historic theme continues as we reach Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, where world-renowned single malt has been carefully crafted since 1898. Enjoy a guided tour of its ancient vaults before sampling a range of its finest whiskies, each golden dram accompanied by local artisan chocolates.
The picturesque market town of Aberfeldy is our destination for lunch, where you can relax and explore the charms of its winding streets. Suitably refreshed, we then head to the banks of Loch Lubnaig and admire its glass-like serenity.
More delights await at Deanston Distillery, where the pure waters of the nearby River Teith help create the finest Highland malt. Wander the echoing rooms of this former cotton mill and sample its traditional fare in an expertly-hosted whisky tasting session.
Our final stop of the day allows plenty of time for snaps at stunning Doune Castle – star of TV’s Outlander and Game of Thrones – before we retrace our steps back to Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour the optional visits are:
Following the links above will give you more information on each attraction including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
Where does my tour depart from and return to?
Our tours depart from a central location in Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile/High Street which is easily reached by public transport. Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process. Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English.
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 08:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.