Whisky, Gin and Craft Beer Small Group Tour
One day tour
Discover the traditions of whisky making at Glenturret malt whisky distillery, home of The Famous Grouse. Travel through the picturesque scenery of Highland Perthshire to visit McQueen Gin, for a tour and tasting. End the day at friendly Allanwater Brewhouse to learn how craft beer is created using only natural ingredients.
Price range: £85 - £85
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Glenturret Distillery - visit the oldest whisky distillery in Scotland and enjoy a tasting
The Trossachs - tour through the National Park to experience a landscape of lochs and mountains
Pass of Leny - cross the boundary fault from the Highlands into the Lowlands
McQueen Gin - learn how gin is hand-crafted in unique flavours
Allanwater Brewery - meet a brewer to discover the magical process of brewing with natural ingredients
Movie locations - Rob Roy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Outlaw King
Full Tour Itinerary
We leave Edinburgh behind and make our way past historic Linlithgow Palace, the impressive Kelpies (equine statues) and historic Stirling Castle. In the attractive town of Crieff we will find Glenturret Distillery which was established in 1775 and is the oldest working distillery in Scotland. The whisky that is used in the Famous Grouse brand is produced here. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the distillery to learn how malt whisky is produced then have a tutored tasting of 5 whiskies from their range.
From Crieff we will enter the scenic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to reach the popular town of Callander which is known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’. Our next stop is at the Trossachs Distillery which is delightfully located on the outskirts of the town in the shadow of towering Ben Ledi. This craft distillery is the home of McQueen Gin which was created in 2015 by husband and wife team Dale and Vicky, who enthusiastically hand-craft their gin in small batches. We’ll have a tour, discovering all about ‘little maggie’ followed by a tasting of their delicious gins.
Next travel to Bridge of Allan to visit the Allanwater Brewery. Established in 1996, this microbrewery makes all their popular beers and ciders onsite. Join an expert brewer for a tour to learn how they create superb beers, smell the hops and enjoy a wee taste their latest creations.
After sampling the excellent beer and ciders of Allanwater Brewery travel back to Edinburgh, where your guide will be happy to recommend some interesting pubs for the remainder of your stay in Scotland’s Capital!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Connoisseur Tour?
Scotland is experiencing an explosion in the local production of craft beer, gin and whisky. For the discerning enthusiast this special tour will introduce you to the traditions and heritage of whisky creation; the creative process of gin making and the artistry behind craft beer production. Enjoy unique behind-the-scenes access as well as tutored tastings. This unique day out will give you a real taste of Scotland! Each tour is led by a professional driver/guide, who has been chosen for their enthusiasm, driving skills and knowledge. Admission fees and tastings are included in the price. This specialist tour is limited to a small group of just 16 fans.
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 children travel on this tour?
For all our tours, all guests must be a minimum of 18 years old. If you look under 25, you may be asked to provide identification at the distilleries we visit.
Will there be much walking?
You will need to be able to get on and off the bus on a regular basis and walk to attractions. There will be opportunities for walks so we would advise bringing suitable shoes Please note, some surfaces at attractions may be uneven.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Tours and tastings at Glenturret Distillery, McQueen Gin and Allanwater Brewery
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges other than those above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
We are sorry but children aged under 18 years cannot travel on this tour.
Distillery and brewery visits and tastings are included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.