7 Day Private Scottish Whiskey Tour Itinerary
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The itineraries we offer on our site are a template, where we hope you can find out more about what you'd like to do and see in Scotland and Ireland, before getting in touch with our expert travel planners to design you a fully customized and truly unforgettable, private tour!
Your week-long Scotch Whisky tour of Scotland begins as your driver-guide collects you from Edinburgh Airport and welcomes you to our bonnie wee country!
Your driver-guide will then whisk you off for a quick city tour of Edinburgh, before dropping you off at your accommodation - The Balmoral Hotel. After you’ve checked-in, dropped your bags and refreshed, your driver-guide will take you to a private whiskey tasting session to give you a chance to try some of Scotland’s favorite whisky brands and find out more about scotch tasting practices ahead of your week-long tour.
In the evening, we’ll take a short walk up to Arthurs seat to catch the sun set beautifully over the new town and old town of Edinburgh before your driver-guide drops you off in the city center where you can take advantage of the city’s superb selection of bars and restaurants.
On the morning of day two, you and your driver-guide will take the short 15-mile drive from Edinburgh city center to Pencaitland and visit your first distillery on your whisky tour: Glenkinchie.
The Glenkinchie Distillery was founded around 1837 and produces two incredible single malts: 12 Year Old, and Distiller’s Edition.
The distillery also offers visitors a fascinating tour experience; indeed, back in 1969, Glenkinchie converted numerous factory floors into a museum of malt whisky and is one of our personal favorite tours.
Later in the afternoon, once you’ve had a chance to explore the museum and distillery, you and your driver-guide will travel west en route to Glasgow: Scotland’s largest city and cultural hub.
Once in Glasgow, your driver-guide will take you on a short city tour before dropping you off in the city’s West End where you’ll get the chance to explore some of the city’s fantastic dining options.
In the evening, you can either follow the city’s ‘Whisky Trail’ - a selection of excellent whisky bars and pubs which offer a wide range of Scotch, or your driver-guide can organize a private tasting session at one of Glasgow’s leading whisky bars.
Your accommodation for the second night will be the beautiful Blythswood Hotel in the city center.
On the third day of your Scottish whisky tour, you and your driver-guide will travel from Glasgow to the west coast to take a short ferry ride over to the Isle of Arran.
I’ll spend the rest of the morning exploring the Island - including a tour of the Island’s distillery (Isle of Arran Distillery). Opened in 1995, the distillery is one of Scotland’s newest whisky brands but offers visitors an immersive insight into the history of Scotch whisky and the islands of the West Coast of Scotland.
In the afternoon, we’ll travel from Arran to the Isle of Islay - a region whose whisky has such distinct characteristics that its identity is actually protected by Scottish Law.
You and your driver-guide will spend the night on the Isle of Islay.
On day four, we’ll spend the entire day exploring the wonderful Isle of Islay and it’s famous whisky producers.
We start off in the late morning with a visit to Lagavulin - a simply incredible malt whisky distillery which offers a variety of different ages & editions based in the town of its namesake (Lagavulin). Officially founded back in 1816, Lagavulin Distillery is a fantastically immersive experience for any whisky fan and a must-visit while on Islay!
Next up, we’ll make the short journey over to Laphroaig Distillery. Initially established in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston of the Clan Donald, Laphroaig’s long and wonderful history is filled with fascinating stories,(but most importantly) smells and tastes of this region.
Finally, your driver-guide will take you to your accommodation on the Isle of Islay, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy some local cuisine (and absorb some of that whisky) ahead of a busy day ahead!
In the morning of Day Five, we’ll leave the Isle of Islay - getting the ferry over to the mainland - before heading up the West Coast of Scotland en route to the beautiful town of Oban.
After a long drive up the coast, we can either stop off at your hotel in Oban or head straight to Oban Distillery and Visitor Center where your whisky journey will continue!
Once you’ve had your fill of the local delicacy, we’ll spend the evening exploring the town of Oban, where you may want to arrange a whisky tasting session at one of the local bars or pubs so you can try some of the lesser-known brands Scotland has to offer.
The morning of Day Six starts off with a scenic drive through the Glencoe mountain range (possibly stopping for a quick hike to see the Three Sisters) before visiting Ben Nevis Distillery - one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland.
We’ll then continue our journey north-west and head over the Skye Bridge - stopping en route at Eilean Donan Castle - to visit the Isle of Skye and its own distinct distilleries.
First up, we’ll head to Talisker Distillery to do a quick tasting and tour before continuing on to Torabhaig Distillery.
Finally, we’ll head to your accommodation on the Isle of Skye to allow you to rest up ahead of the final day of your whisky tour of Scotland.
On the morning of Day Seven, we’ll leave the Isle of Skye via the ferry to the small fishing village of Mallaig before taking a scenic drive - perhaps stopping at Glenfinnan Viaduct if you’d like - en route to Dalwhinnie Distillery. Here, you’ll have a chance to taste Dalwhinnie’s unique whisky blend and (for anyone with a sweet tooth) accompanying artisanal chocolates.
In the afternoon, we’ll take a tour of Blair Athol or Edradour Distilleries before heading to Edinburgh or Glasgow where your tour will come to a close.
We hope to leave you with fond memories of your time in Scotland (although depending on how much whisky you’ve consumed those memories may be blurry) and a truly fascinating insight into the Scotch whisky industry and culture.