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Stimulating Whisky Vacation in United Kingdom

Travel to Scotland and enjoy a dram or two of Spey Side’s local whiskies! The Spey River is famous for providing the essential ingredient to the ‘The Water of Life’ or whisky. The region surrounding Ruthven House is known as ‘Malt Whisky Country’. Enjoy visiting local distilleries and tasting whisky. Combine your whisky seeking adventure with some local gourmet food. Join Ruthven House as they help you elevate and heighten your culinary senses!

Highlights

  • 1 gourmet dining
  • Whisky tasting and tour
  • Explore and enjoy the many attractions of Ruthven
  • Free shuttle from Kingussie Railway Station
  • Transportation for the whisky tour
  • 4 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying in Ruthven House which provides excellent bed and breakfast accommodation. Ruthven House is set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, recently voted one of the top 20 places in the world to visit by the National Geographic traveler magazine. The house itself dates back to the 1700s, and is steeped in history with the famous Ruthven Barracks a stone’s throw away.

The most famous guest believed to have stayed at Ruthven House was Bonnie Prince Charlie back in 1745. The Highlands of Scotland is of course home to many film locations, the most recently noted is the famous TV Series, “Outlander”, one of which is just three miles from Ruthven House! They offer guests four-star bed and breakfast accommodation in the main house and also have two cozy self-catering cottages, (Creag Bheag and Creag Dhubh, carefully converted from a former steading) with their own private parking and a large lawned garden to the front.

As you step through the front door, you'll be welcomed into the spacious entrance hall. This floor accommodates the guest dining room and the guest bedroom, Gynack, which has a king-sized bed with your own private bathroom just next door. This room was refurbished in February 2017 and now has a 39" flat screen TV.

They also have a second guest bedroom, Feshie, which can be a twin or king bedded room on the first floor with en-suite facilities. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your room but please feel free to make use of the dining room with large screen TV throughout your stay. Internet access is available to guests staying in the main house.

Full Scottish breakfast is served in the dining room, normally between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. In the event that you have not brought a favorite book with you, they also have a good selection for you to browse through. In the warmer months, you are also more than welcome to enjoy their garden, shaded by the rare and ancient Wych Elm Tree.

Program

During this five-day gourmet vacation, you will enjoy a gourmet dining night and a whisky tasting and tour at the award winning Dalwhinnie Distillery (inclusive of transport). You will have the day's at leisure for visiting Highland Wildlife Park, horse riding, hill walking, cycling, and opportunities to engage in many other activities.

Location

This whisky tour will take place in Kingussie, Scotland.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • River

Services

  • Parking lot

Food

This culinary experience includes one gourmet dining and one whisky tasting tour. Please advise Ruthven House in case you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Biking

There are cycle routes too numerous to mention in the local area in and around Glen Feshie and the Glen Truim, Etteridge, and Phones Estates. Also now open is the exciting new mountain biking center - Wolf Trax at Laggan. This fabulous new operation has over six kilometers of really challenging black routes, the same length of testing trails for intermediates and 1.5-kilometer of fun for beginners. They offer great base facilities too and all this is just 25 minutes away!

Bird watching

The area in and around Ruthven House is famous for it’s abundance of bird watching opportunities, taking a simple walk you will not be disappointed. From Ospreys to Kingfisher, Woodpeckers to Sandpipers. The Ospreys feeding is a sight not to be missed!

Golfing

The two closest courses are there in Kingussie and just down the road in Newtonmore - two very different courses, each very enjoyable and amply rewarding in its own way. There are also a number of other courses within a short drive of Ruthven House - plenty to play during your stay if, of course, golf is your thing.

Kingussie golf Club offers Ruthven House residents 15% off their published rates, excludes any special offers and must be booked in advance. On arrival at the golf club, you must produce proof of your stay with Ruthven House, which Ruthven House will provide you with, to receive your discount. Terms and conditions apply. The restaurant at the golf club is thoroughly recommended, especially the specials board! Please note the restaurant does not take credit or debit cards. Please note the discount only applies to the golf.

Horse riding

At Ruthven House and Holiday Cottages they are proud to live in a location so rich in trails, hacks and rides for equestrians. As horse owners they would be delighted to chat to you if you have plans to bring your own horses or ponies with you. For those who are looking to access riding lessons or rides Ruthven House is perfectly located. Riding is available at Highland Horse Fun, Kingussie just one-mile away, Alvie Stables just six miles and Rothiemurchus Estate, approximately 11 miles. There are different rides to suit all standards.

Photography

Whether you are interested in photographing landscapes, buildings, wildlife, birdlife, plants or simply in capturing wonderful holiday images this area offers you loads of opportunities to take some marvelous photos.

Skiing and boarding

Ruthven House's location offer skiers and boarders a choice of venues, doubling your opportunities to get on to the snow and offering different challenges, runs, and routes. Just over half an hour away, the Cairngorms are Scotland’s premier ski area, with Downhill, Snowboarding, Telemark, and Nordic all well catered for. A little further away, around an hour or so, is the smaller, more intimate Nevis Range for a change of scenery.

Shopping and groceries

Both Kingussie and Newtonmore have an interesting range of shops for you to browse in, Aviemore has an even wider choice and must not forget House of Bruar and others a little further afield. Kingussie train station is only a 15-minute walk should you decide to take the train for a day out in Perth or Inverness. Do let Ruthven House know if you need any essentials, they will be able to help or point you in the right direction.

Walking, climbing, and mountaineering

Nearby are three magnificent mountain ranges - The Cairngorms, The Monadliaths, and Nevis range. You are spoilt for choice with an excellent selection of Munros, Corbetts, and Donalds, all achievable in a comfortable day’s outing from here. There is also a whole host of very fine, lower level walks, forest trails and short walks (notably the paths around Uath Lochans, in the magnificent Glen Feshie and the seven-mile Wildcat Trail around Newtonmore just five minutes down the road).

The Badenoch Way runs nearby, the spectacular Corrieyairack Pass is just a short drive away and the long distance Speyside Way starts (or finishes if you prefer) just 20 minutes up the road in Aviemore. Ruthven House are more than happy to provide you with maps, routes, and guidance. Drying out and storing your kit at the end of each day is no problem; Ruthven House have good facilities for both.

Watersports

Ruthven House are lucky to have two great lochs nearby, the great widening of the Spey at Loch Insh and Loch Morlich nr Glenmore. The Loch Insh Outdoor Center provides windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, open canoeing, and river trips. Loch Morlich at Glenmore on the Ski Road. Either offer stunning locations and excellent hospitality.

What's included

  • Whisky tasting and tour at the award winning Dalwhinnie Distillery
  • Gourmet dining night
  • Transportation for whisky tour
  • Free shuttle from Kingussie Railway Station
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Inverness Airport (INV), which is 1 hour away from Ruthven House. Alternatively, you can also arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) or Glasgow Airport (GLA), which is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Ruthven House. From there you can hire a car or get a bus into Inverness and then get a train to Kingussie.

Arrival by train

Take a train to Kingussie Railway Station. Ruthven House can organize free shuttle from the railway station if required.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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