14 Day Scottish & Irish Whiskey Tour Itinerary

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Looking for a two-week ultimate tour of the home of whisk(e)y? Scotland and Ireland produce some of the best whisky the world has to offer, and we’ve packaged some of the very best distilleries - as well as a couple of lesser-known brands - into one incredible two-week tour. 

 

Covering two-countries, fifteen distilleries, and some incredible cities, and scenery along the way, this tour is the perfect two-week guide to our beloved Celtic spirit.

 

That said, all our tours are completely customizable, so if you’d like anything changed, or you’d we’ve missed out one of your favorite distilleries, just fill in the form at the bottom of the page to create your custom whisky tour and one of our expert tour planners will be in touch with you shortly to plan your perfect vacation!

Day 1:

Your two-week whiskey tour starts in the capital of Ireland: Dublin. Your private driver-guide will be waiting to welcome you to the island at the airport before showing you to your luxury vehicle and whisking you off for a short tour of the city center of Dublin. 

 

We’ll then arrive at The Teeling Distillery, in the heart of Dublin. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Visitor Center opened in 2015, but the family has been distilling since 1782. We’ll spend a couple of hours touring the distillery and getting some insight into how the Teeling family and their history with Irish whiskey. 

 

From Teeling, we’ll head to Glendalough - one of Ireland’s newest whiskey producers. Glendalough’s incredible immersive visitor center and delicious blend mean the young company is making quite an impression on the Irish Whiskey market and provides a fascinating contrast to the tradition and historic Teeling. 

 

Once you’ve finished the tour at Glendalough, your driver-guide will take your group back through Dublin and to your accommodation for the night. You may want to head out and make the most of Dublin’s fantastic range of restaurants and bars throughout the evening.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Ireland, Dublin | 14 Day Private Tour
Jameson Whiskey Experience and Distillery, Ireland | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 2:

The second day of your tour of Dublin starts off after breakfast at your Dublin hotel, as your driver-guide takes you a short tour of the city center in the morning; you may want to visit sites such as The Custom House, Dublin Castle, O’Connell Street, or the National Gallery of Dublin. 

 

After lunch, we’ll continue our whiskey tour with a visit to the famous Jameson Distillery Experience. The tour at Jameson allows visitors to learn the secrets of how Irish whiskey is produced as well as taking part in a comparative tasting test to emphasize how the traditional methods of Jameson are pronounced in their current blends. 

 

On the tour at the Jameson Distillery, your group will also have the chance to bottle your own whiskey to take home from the cask, or purchase a bottle of personalized Jameson to remember the experience by!

 

Once you’re finished your tour, we’ll head back to Dublin and to your accommodation ahead of Day Three.

Day 3: 

Today we leave Dublin shortly after breakfast to make the short drive to Walsh Distillery at Royal Oak. Walsh has been distilling wonderful blends since 1999, but recently built the Walsh Distillery at Royal Oak to guide visitors through their process in a unique and fascinating way. 

 

Following lunch, we’ll drive north towards the world-famous Tullamore Dew Distillery to take part in their distillery tour and tasting! Tullamore has been active since as far back as 1829 and offers a great insight into the company’s past throughout the tour. 

 

Once you’ve had your whiskey fill at the Walsh and Tullamore, we’ll head across to the West Coast of Ireland and arrive at your accommodation in Galway. 

 

The city itself has a wonderful array of local bars and restaurants to keep your group occupied throughout the evening, however, if you’d like a special tasting organized, please let us know and we’d be happy to help!

Walsh Royal Oak Whiskey Distillery, Ireland | 14 Day Private Tour
Slane Whiskey Distillery, Ireland | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 4:

In the morning of Day Four, your driver-guide will take your group for a morning tour of The Cliffs of Moher - the world-famous coastline of Ireland where the cliffs reach an incredible 668 feet at their peak!

 

From the coast, we’ll then head back across Ireland to visit Slane Distillery en route to Belfast. 

 

Slane Distillery is another relatively new whiskey brand, but have used the hindsight to create a truly inspired distillery experience and is one of the best-regarded blends to come out of the island in recent memory! 

 

From Slane, we’ll arrive in Belfast in the evening and head through the city center to reach your hotel.

Day 5:

On the morning of your first day in the North, we’ll start with a bit of tourism and history at the Titanic Museum - a fascinating and immersive step back in time for visitors to learn about Ireland of yesteryears and how this world-famous came to be built. 

 

Next, we’ll head out of Belfast to visit Bushmills Distillery; established back in 1784, Bushmills is the oldest distillery in the country and is world-famous for its unique light structures and fruity profiles.

 

Following your visit to Bushmills, we’ll head back to Belfast for the evening.

Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, Ireland | 14 Day Private Tour
Belfast City, Whiskey Tasting | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 6:

Today we’ll spend our morning exploring some of the tourist sites Belfast has to offer before we leave for Scotland. First, we’ll skip the hotel breakfast and head to St George’s Market in the city center; the last surviving Victorian covered market in the city, offering visitors a taste of traditional Irish food as well as a sprinkle of contemporary cuisine from all around the world.

 

Next, we’ll head for a quick tour of the Peace Walls to learn more about the troubled past of the Island of Ireland before heading out of the city center to visit two of our favorite attractions on the northern Irish coast: Carrick-a-Rede and The Giant’s Causeway. 

 

You’ll get a chance to explore both and if you’re feeling brave you may even want to cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which was originally built by fisherman over 350 years ago (don’t worry, it’s been reinforced since)!

 

Finally, we’ll head back into Belfast for the late afternoon where your group will take part in the Whiskey Walk - an incredible selection of Belfast’s whiskey bars!

Day 7:

Your week on the island of Ireland has come to an end as your driver-guide will be there to greet you in the morning at your hotel and take you across to the Airport in Belfast for a short flight across to the capital of Scotland: Edinburgh. 

 

When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by your local Scottish driver who will whisk you off for a short tour of the city center of Edinburgh, before dropping your bags off at your accommodation and settling in for a private whisky tasting session at The Balmoral Hotel. 

 

Here you can get a wonderful overview of Scotch tasting practices as well as explore a range of Scotland’s favorite whisky brands, young and old!

 

In the evening, we’ll drive through the cobbled streets of the Old Town before taking a short hike up to Arthur’s seat to watch the dramatic sunset over Edinburgh.

Balmoral Whiskey Tastings, Edinburgh | 14 Day Private Tour
Glenkinchie Whiskey Distillery, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 8:

On the morning of your first full day in Scotland, we’ll take a short drive from the city center of Edinburg to the town of Pencaitland where we’ll visit the Glenkinchie Distillery.

The distillery was initially founded back in 1837 and in 1969, Glenkinchie transformed multiple factory floors into a museum of malt whiskey - resulting in a truly fascinating and historic tour! 

 

In the afternoon, we’ll drive across from the East to the West Coast of Scotland to its largest city and cultural hub: Glasgow. 

 

Once in Glasgow, your driver-guide will drop you off at your hotel before spending the evening following the city’s ‘Whiskey Trail’ - a wonderful selection of the best bars and pubs which offer a diverse range of Scotch.

Day 9:

Today we start our exploration of Scotland’s famous whiskey isles; starting with a trip (including a short ferry ride) from Glasgow to the Isle of Arran. 


We’ll spend the afternoon exploring the island and getting a tour of the Isle of Arran Distillery.

In the afternoon, we’ll catch another ferry to a true whiskey giant of an island: The Isle of Islay. We'll stay on the Island and rest at a local B&B ahead of busy following.

Isle of Arran Whiskey Distillery, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour
Lagavulin Whiskey Distillery, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 10:

We’ll spend today explore the wonderful whisky cultural and produce of the Isle of Islay - a region whose whisky has such distinct characteristics that its identity is protected by Scottish Law. 

 

We’ll start off the morning by visiting the Lagavulin Distillery - a beautiful malt whisky distillery which was officially founded back in 1816! 


Following a tour and tasting at Lagavulin, we’ll head to its neighboring distillery: Laphroaig.

Laphroaig Distillery was established a year before Lagavulin (1815) and it’s long and tasty history is filled with fascinating stories and topped up with local smells and tastes that every true whisky fan should experience!

Day 11:

Today we’ll head off the Isle of Islay and get a ferry back to the Scottish mainland before driving up the beautiful West Coast of Scotland to visit Oban.

When we arrive, you may want to drop your bags off at your accommodation before heading off to the Oban Distillery and Visitors Center.

 

We’ll take a tour of the distillery and enjoy a tasting menu before spending the rest of the evening explore the town of Oban and sampling the local delicacies (and yes, this will also likely include copious amounts of premium Scotch whisky!).

Oban Whiskey Distillery, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour
Talisker Whiskey Distillery, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 12:

The morning of Day Twelve starts with a scenic drive through the stunning Glencoe Mountain Range, where you may want to stop for a short hike to see The Three Sisters, before visiting Ben Nevis Distillery (one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland).

 

From the Ben Nevis Distillery, we’ll take a drive over to the Isle of Skye - stopping on the way at Eilean Donan Castle, which is the most photographed castle in Scotland. 

 

Once we reach Skye, we’ll head straight to Talisker Distillery to do a quick tour and tasting before continuing our Skye whisky tour by visiting Torabhaig Distillery. 

 

Finally, once you’ve had your fill of Scotch for the day we’ll retire for the night at your accommodation on Skye.

Day 13:

Today, we’ll leave the Isle of Skye via the ferry to Mallaig - a small fishing village on the edge of the Scottish mainland - before taking a scenic drive to Dalwhinnie Distillery (perhaps stopping at the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct) where you’ll have the chance to taste the distilleries’ unique blend and accompanying artisanal chocolates. 

 

In the afternoon, we have a choice of Blair Athol Distillery, or we could visit the smallest distillery in Scotland: Edradour. 

 

We’ll then spend the evening in the quaint town of Pitlochry.

Dalwhinnie Whiskey Distillery, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland | 14 Day Private Tour

Day 14:

On the final day of our tour, we’ll leave Pitlochry and drive to Edinburgh, taking a short detour to Stirling to visit the village’s famous castle or to the House of Bruar (Scotland’s answer to Harrod’s).

 

When we reach Edinburgh, we can spend the afternoon shopping on the Royal Mile for last-minute gifts and tokens from your time in Scotland or ticking off any other tourist activities you want to see before you go such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, or the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

 

And, as we all know, all good things must eventually come to an end as your driver-guide drops you off at your Edinburgh Hotel to spend the night. Hopefully, leaving you with wonderful memories (albeit slightly blurred due to the amount of Whisky) of both Scotland and Ireland and their shared love for whisky… 

 

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