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Whisky is the closest thing to Scotland in a glass. It has been produced here longer than anyone can remember and to this day it remains the country’s most famous export. Join us on this whisky tour of Scotland’s finest distilleries and enjoy a wee dram of this world-famous elixir in its homeland. Fall in love with Islay, home to some of the most famous Scottish distilleries, ancient history and traditional culture. Go behind-the-scenes, sample the finest malts and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and unmistakable aromas of a traditional Scottish distillery.
By the end of this tour, you will surely gain a new-found appreciation for the craftsmanship, energy and patience that goes into every drop of this fragrant amber-hued spirit.
Arrive at Edinburgh airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to your hotel in central Edinburgh where you will stay for two nights. There will be a panoramic tour of Edinburgh en – route.
Check-in and the rest of afternoon is free to rest and relax.
After a leisurely morning in Edinburgh, travel to the beautiful East Lothian countryside for lunch at Greywalls, one of the earliest country house hotels designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901.
Afterwards, visit Glenkinchie distillery. Explore the distillery production area and learn how the ‘water of life’ is made. Finish your tour with an in-depth tasting of 5 Glenkinchie expressions, including exclusive cask samples.
In the evening, enjoy a whisky tasting at the famous Scotch Bar, home to one of Edinburgh’s largest whisky collections.
After breakfast, your chauffeur will take you to the world-famous Gleneagles hotel. Stop at Tullibardine Whisky Distillery for a tour and a tasting of three single malts on the way.
Check- in and the rest of afternoon is at your leisure. Relax and unwind at the Century Bar where you can sample a dram or two from their extensive selection of single malts before dining here or in one of the three further restaurants.
In the morning, have some fun and enjoy clay target shooting.
In the afternoon visit the Glenturret distillery, the oldest working distillery in Scotland and the spiritual home of the Famous Grouse. After your return to the hotel there will be an evening whisky nosing prior to dinner in the only restaurant in Scotland with two Michelin stars – Andrew Fairlie.
After breakfast, travel to the Victorian town of Oban. Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery with a tasting and have free time for lunch and some exploring before boarding your evening ferry to Islay. The ferry crossing is around 2hrs and offers beautiful views of the islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay.
Get ready for the distillery and whisky experiences today that will give you an insight into Islay’s most famous export. Enjoy a warehouse experience at Lagavulin, a tour and full range tasting at Ardbeg and take a look at the Laphroaig maltings with a few extra special drams to finish your day, of course!
Your second day on Islay brings a private tour of Bruichladdich and a chance to sample some of their whiskies or perhaps a Botanist gin is your idea of the perfect morning drink. You’ll then get a behind-the-scenes peek at the independent Kilchoman before a chance to gaze over the Sound of Jura from the Bunnahabhain before delving into some casks in their warehouse
After a final hearty breakfast, catch the morning ferry back to Kennacraig and head to the loch-side town of Inveraray, the seat of the Clan Campbell. Stop for lunch and some last-minute whisky shopping before continuing your journey to Glasgow area.
Overnight at Crossbasket Castle, a stunning 17th century castle just outside Galsgow.
After a leisurely morning at the hotel, travel to Glengoyne Distillery for a master class. Enjoy a wonderfully immersive day of nosing, swirling and tasting and create your very own single malt presented in a unique personalized bottle.
In the evening, enjoy a tasting menu with matching wines at Albert & Michel Roux Jr Restaurant.
Your chauffeur will take you to the airport for your return flight home.