If you want to experience the world’s most popular drink and taste some amazing whisky, join this spirit of Scotland whisky tour especially created by Spirit Journeys Worldwide. You will enjoy this exquisite holiday with a first-hand experience of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Come and make this tour become one of your precious memories!
During this holiday, you will stay overnight in superior hotels in a twin or double share basis. Single rooms are available at a supplement on request. Please contact Spirit Journeys Worldwide for a price to upgrade to deluxe hotels.
Spirit Journeys Worldwide chooses only eco-friendly hotels. For example, they use as accommodation in Inverness, the Glendoune, private house that has green tourism policy and has a set of regulations for energy and water usage. All hotels are owned by locals and they employ local people.
Though whisky belongs to the whole world, Scotland is its true homeland. The best quality whiskies are only made in Scotland. You will have a chance to try over 120 Malt whiskies and much more. You will grasp the adventurous history of this Uisge Beatha ‘water of life’ and learn about various legends and myths as an important part of the rich and long tradition and historical heritage of this magical potion.
On your way from Inverness to Glasgow, you can enjoy traditional, significant, and world recognized distilleries such as Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Talisker, Ben Nevis, Glengoyne. You will discover this Scottish national pride, follow the whisky trail with Spirit Journeys Worldwide, and enjoy the powerful and overwhelming taste of whisky.
On arrival at Inverness Airport (INV), Spirit Journeys Worldwide will transfer you to your hotel where you will stay for two nights. An evening of tasting Scotland’s famous “Uisge Beatha - ‘water of life’” will be served. The venue for the evening has over 120 Malt whiskies to choose from in their library bar, some of which are rare and cannot be found anywhere else.
Today is reserved for visiting two distilleries. By the tranquil shores of the Dornoch Firth, amidst the golden barley fields of Ross-shire, lies the Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been through its long and distinguished history.
With the help of expert guides, you will experience all stages of the whisky-making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Within Still House or Highland Cathedral stand the tallest stills in Scotland. Their long copper necks are the same height as a fully grown giraffe.
Your next stop is Dalmore Distillery, located in an isolated area on the banks of the Cromarty Firth, laid bare to the harsh winds of the North Sea. The buildings and warehouses have stood there since 1839 designed by the scratches of its founder, Alexander Matheson. The chance to explore the Dalmore Distillery is almost as special as the single malt whisky they create there. The whole experience will be a rare insight into the skill, expertise, and craft that goes into each precious drop of the Dalmore. After tasting and enjoying beautiful nature surrounding of distilleries, you are returning to your hotel.
After the breakfast, you will continue to explore the Highland distilleries. The first today stop will be Glenlivet distillery, situated on the edge of Cairngorms national park.
The wild and remote setting of Glenlivet has been the home of the single malt that inspired a region. From this beautiful glen, comes the raw elements of rich mineral spring waters of Josie’s Well, crisp fresh mountain air, and an uncompromising terrain that combined create the foundation of a whisky of infinite elegance. Over two hundred years ago, whisky was closely bound up in the lives of every family in the glen of the Livet.
It was local farmer George Smith who was renowned for his fine ‘illicit’ whisky, in 1824, seized upon the opportunity to obtain the first license to produce whisky ‘legally’ in the parish of Glenlivet. He knew exactly where to build his new distillery and went on to produce a spirit that would define the Speyside style of whisky which became the heartland of Scotch malt whisky production.
The Glenlivet is in the heartland of malt whisky country, and a visit to this grand distillery will take you on a fascinating journey to the source of one of the greatest names in Scotch whisky.
Back in the 19th century, William Grant and his family built their distillery by hand, stone by stone, and called it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer. William’s passion, determination, and pioneering spirit continue to guide you today. Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and is now the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, a true reflection of the founder’s innovative nature, passed down through the generations.
Today, you will travel to the magnificent Isle of Skye to visit the oldest and only working distillery, Talisker Distillery. Set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins, Talisker is an alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt that is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave.
Talisker is the only Single Malt Whisky made on the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote, rugged, yet beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Few whiskies tell the story of their origins better than those crafted at this distillery. You will try different types of whisky. You will stay overnight on the Isle of Skye.
Following the breakfast, you will leave the Isle of Skye and travel to Ben Nevis Distillery, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. Established in 1825 and situated at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, Ben Nevis Distillery is an impressive and historic place. Incorporated within Ben Nevis Distillery is The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Center built into an old distillery warehouse.
In a specially commissioned audiovisual presentation, you will meet Hector McDram, a mythical giant who will reveal the secret Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis. Following this, you will receive a conducted tour of the production areas by a trained guide and a complimentary tasting. Overnight is at Fort William.
After the breakfast, you will leave Fort William and travel to Glasgow. On your route, you will visit famous Glengoyne Distillery. The distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. In 1833, the local farmer, George Connell was granted the license to legally produce whisky in the area. He founded the Burnfoot Distillery, which became Glenguin Distillery in 1861, then, in 1906, became Glengoyne.
In 1984, Lang Brothers received a Royal Warrant, having supplied whisky to the Queen Mother. Now it is owned by Ian MacLeod who bought it from Edrington group. Glengoyne enjoys the slowest rate of distillation in Scotland (the spirit comes from the Still at around four to five liters per minute) which encourages the formation of ‘esters’ giving Glengoyne its characteristically sweet, smooth taste.
The spirit is then matured in oak casks from Spain, which have previously contained Sherry. Ian Macleod Distillers look after this whole process. You will have an opportunity to see the whole process of producing whisky and to taste samples from the cask and help Glengoyne select Distillery Exclusive Single Cask release. You will create your own Glengoyne Highland Single Malt. After visiting the distillery, you will travel on to Glasgow where you will stay overnight.
You will transfer to Glasgow Airport (GLA) for departure.
During the holiday, you will visit Highland distilleries including Glenmorangie Distillery, Dalmore Distillery, Glenlivet Distillery, and Glenfiddich Distillery, Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William, and Glengoyne Distillery in Glasgow.
The tour will take place in Scotland, UK.
Your daily breakfast is included in the prices, except the one on the first day of this tour. You will taste various types of Scotland whisky at every distillery that you visit.
Please book your flight to arrive at Inverness Airport (INV). Transfer from and to the airport is included.
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