Scotland for Whisky Lovers - 5 day tour
Scotland for Whisky Lovers
5 day / 4 night tour
Discover the world’s most delicious drams and enjoy the true flavour of Scotland in this unique odyssey. Cross from coast to coast to sample the many different varieties of whisky, stopping at Glenkinchie, Blair Athol, Dalwhinnie, Ben Nevis and Oban distilleries. See at first-hand the traditional methods and craftsmanship that go into every golden drop of the ‘water of life’.
Scotch Whisky Experience - discover the history of Scotch Whisky told through high-tech exhibits
Glenkinchie Distillery - head into the rolling farming country of East Lothian to visit one of the four corners of Johnnie Walker
Pitlochry - enjoy an overnight stay in this delightful Victorian resort in the heart of “big tree country”
Ben Nevis Distillery - explore one of the oldest licensed whisky distilleries in Scotland
Oban - spend a night in this bustling seaside town known as Scotland’s seafood capital
Movie locations – Loch Ness, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and Seachd, The Inaccessible Pinnacle
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh Arrival - Scotch Whisky Experience
Where better to begin our unique whisky pilgrimage than in the capital of Scotland itself? With the skirl of bagpipes ringing in your ears, make yourself at home in your welcoming hotel before heading out to explore this fascinating city.
Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and other illustrious figures with a stroll along the cobbles of Edinburgh’s bustling Royal Mile, leading up to the grandeur of Edinburgh Castle.
Keeping watch across ‘Auld Reekie’ for centuries, a guided tour of its ancient walls and ramparts will reveal exhilarating tales of battle, bloodshed and betrayal. Don’t miss the chance to see the glittering Honours of Scotland and squeeze into tiny St Margaret’s Chapel too!
A stone’s throw from the castle is our first whisky stop – the Scotch Whisky Experience. Learn the history of uisge beatha and how it’s made before enjoying a tour of the replica distillery and choosing a delectable dram from the world’s largest collection of whisky.
Back on the Royal Mile, there is no shortage of welcoming bars, bistros and restaurants where you can spend the evening sampling even more single malts, with flavours to suit the palate of connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
Overnight: Holiday Inn, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day 2 - Edinburgh - Glenkichie Distillery - Pitlochry
After a hearty breakfast in our hotel, we journey east into the undulating hills, pretty villages and lush farmland of East Lothian, where we soon arrive at the celebrated Glenkinchie Distillery. Here, we will enjoy a unique tour and hear the fascinating story of its founding in 1825 by farmers John and George Rate.
After learning how the whisky is made and used by famous names like Johnnie Walker, you’ll have a chance to taste three divine drams and a whisky cocktail before we head back to Edinburgh for the second distillery visit of the day.
Heading north by train through the splendour of rural Perthshire, our destination is the charming resort of Pitlochry.
Here, we’ll unpack our bags before heading off to Blair Athol Distillery, where whisky has been lovingly crafted for more than two centuries. Named after the Allt Dour river which flows through the grounds from the slopes of nearby Ben Vrackie, you’ll learn how the crystal-clear waters are an integral part of the distillery’s famously mellow 12-year-old single malt. After a tour of the stills, you’ll of course have the opportunity to sample the whisky for yourself before we retire to our hotel for the evening.
Overnight: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry or similar
Day 3 - Pitlochry - Dalwhinnie - Inverness
Day three dawns with a leisurely breakfast, after which we board the train for the next stage of our odyssey. Chugging gently along the Highland mainline, our scenic surroundings include the Pass of Killiecrankie and fairytale towers of Blair Castle, the ancestral seat of the Duke of Atholl.
Heading north through the Grampian Mountains we soon reach the dizzying 1,484ft Druimuachdar summit – the highest point in Britain’s railways.
Once over its peak, we stop at the small village of Dalwhinnie, nestled at the western edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Here we find Scotland’s highest distillery, its gleaming whitewashed walls standing 1,164ft above sea level and home to one of the Highlands’ most celebrated single malts, known as ‘the gentle spirit’. Created in the shadow of brooding mountains, we’ll learn how its flavours are shaped by local spring water and the peat from nearby bogs. Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, so once again we’ll enjoy a well-earned sampling under the watchful eye of our expert distillery guide.
Overnight: Redcliffe Hotel, Inverness or similar
Day 4 - Inverness - Fort William - Oban
Today we swap the train for a coach as our journey sees us turning south-west in search of more exceptional whisky.
From Inverness, we meander through the Great Glen and along the banks of the Caledonian Canal until we arrive at Loch Ness. Travelling beside its icy depths, keep your eyes peeled for its famous monster resident and also the ruins of the once-mighty Urquhart Castle.
Another landmark can be seen when we reach the village of Fort Augustus, where the impressive flight of five locks should not be missed.
Arriving on the edge of Fort William, we pay a visit to the penultimate whisky stop on our journey – Ben Nevis Distillery. Standing in the shadow of the mountain after which it was named, it’s been making single malt since 1825 and is alive with fascinating stories and secrets.
After being welcomed inside, we’ll be treated to a personal tour by an expert guide, followed by an all-important tasting to sample the golden bounty for ourselves.
With our tastebuds well and truly tingling, we continue to Scotland’s seafood capital, Oban, where we can enjoy the freshest of fare among its welcoming Victorian streets before turning in for the night.
Overnight: Royal Hotel, Oban or similar
Day 5 - Oban - Loch Awe - Glasgow
With today’s distillery just a stone’s throw away, we have plenty of time to enjoy a relaxing breakfast before sampling our final single malts.
Nestling snugly beneath the town’s craggy cliffs, Oban Distillery is one of the oldest – and smallest – distilleries in Scotland, with its roots stretching all the way back to 1794. Little has changed since the building was refurbished in the 1890s, with whisky still made the traditional way in two pot stills. This pride in craftsmanship will be firmly on show during our bespoke tour, during which we’ll see first-hand how Oban makes its celebrated 14-year-old West Highland Malt. A tasting afterwards is essential too!
With just enough time to savour more delicious fresh seafood on the town pier, we hop aboard our train and take the West Highland Line south.
From Dalmally, we snake past the hamlets of Tyndrum and Crianlarich and hug the famous shores of Loch Lomond and Loch Long before following the ripples of the Clyde Estuary to our journey’s end in Glasgow.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Eco Tour?
These tours are ideal if you are an independent spirit as they offer the perfect blend of structured sightseeing, point to point travel by train or coach and relaxing free time to explore on your own.
Each carefully designed itinerary embraces the concept of responsible travel. Our travel planners have selected eco-friendly hotel accommodation that offers comfortable and friendly lodgings in convenient locations for sightseeing and onward travel. Most are recipients of a VisitScotland Green Tourism Award.
Inter-city travel is by scheduled train or coach, including the UK’s first all-electric coach service between Edinburgh and Dundee. Seat reservations are included, where available, and all tickets are electronic - just show and go!
Discover the history and heritage of Scotland’s great cities on an informative walking tour led by a local guide. If your itinerary includes a visit to a whisky distillery, you’ll join an expert for a behind the scenes tour followed by a tutored tasting of some fine malts!
Excursions are provided by air-conditioned mini or midicoach hosted by a local driver guide who will provide an entertaining commentary. There will be stops along the way to visit attractions and take in the local scenery.
The tour documentation will be emailed to you approximately 7 days prior to travel. Your train tickets will be conveniently downloaded to the ScotRail App on your IOS or Android smart device, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect:
Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed
Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - two people sharing one large bed
Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person)
Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
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.
How much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour.
Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you will be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.
When should I book my tour?
We would recommend making your booking as soon as your travel plans are finalised. Booking early will ensure that you can travel on the departure date of your choosing.
The tours featured on this website are very popular and sell out quickly.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Edinburgh (1), Pitlochry (1), Inverness (1) and Oban (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (4)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Tour and tastings at Glenkinchie Distillery, Blair Athol Distillery, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Ben Nevis Distillery and Oban Distillery
- Admission to the Scotch Whisky Experience (Gold Tour)
- Single standard class train tickets from Edinburgh to Inverness and Oban to Glasgow
- Seat reservations (where available)
- One-way coach ticket from Inverness to Oban via Fort Willian
- Customised tour itinerary & Official Whisky Guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Holiday Inn
132 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh EH12 6UA
The tour will end in Glasgow on arrival at Queen Street Railway Station
Check-in: 13:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:50 hrs
We are sorry but children aged under 18 years cannot travel on this tour.
IMPORTANT: Once booked this tour cannot be changed or cancelled
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Distillery visits and tastings are included in the cost of this tour.
The times shown above are for guidance only. The train times for your journey will be shown on your tickets and itinerary.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.