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4-Night Scotland Whisky Tour

Price: From $1,698 Per Person.
4 Nights

This 4 day Scotland Whisky tour takes you on a journey through a blend of charming villages, idyllic countryside settings, striking castles and a steady procession of whisky distilleries along the way. From Dublin, take a flight to Edinburgh where you'll stay at the boutique Channings Hotel for the next two days. Introduce yourself to the country with a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience, where you'll learn of the rich history behind the famous malt liquor. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Get a good night's rest - tomorrow you'll head out on the Discover Malt Whisky Day Tour - which will take you around Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and to Glengoyne and Deanston Distilleries. On day three, pick up your rental car and head out to Fonab Castle in Pitlochry - your grand accommodation for the rest of the trip. Visit Blair Atholl Distillery for a guided tour and tasting, and finish your day sightseeing around Pitlochry. Your last day will take you on the Connoisseur Tour & Tasting at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, featuring Distillery and warehouse tours, a self-guided Heritage Centre experience, and 5 tastings! This is the ultimate tour for the Whisky Lover, but also visits a number of other attractions too.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION
  • Rental Car with Auto Transmission for 3 Days (Insurance & Taxes Included)
ACCOMMODATION
  • 2-Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation in Edinburgh
  • 2-Nights at Fonab Castle in Pitlochry

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 4 Scrumptious Full Scottish Breakfasts

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scotch Whisky Experience Tasting & Tour
  • Discover Malt Whisky Guided Day Tour from Edinburgh
  • Blair Athol Distillery Tour
  • Dewar's Whisky Connoisseurs Experience

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Royal Mile
  • Holyrood Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  • Pitlochry & Kinloch Rannoch
  • Cairngorms National Park

Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

Channings Hotel - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Scotch Whisky Experience

Edinburgh, Scotland

Beside Edinburgh Castle and at the top of the historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s five-star Scotch Whisky Experience is one of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions. The Centre has been purpose-built around the Whisky Tour, devoted to telling the story of Scotland’s most famous product - Scotch Whisky. Led by the resident ‘Distillery Ghost, the Centre features a unique, state-of-the-art ride, driving visitors through the replica distillery!

This family-friendly tour includes:
• Whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch Whisky
• Introduction to the aromas in Whisky
• A dram of Scotch Malt Whisky (Irn Bru for under 18s)
• World's largest collection of Scotch Whisky (almost 3,500 bottles!)
• Whisky tasting glass to take away
• Discount voucher for the Distillery Shop


Overnight Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.

Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare.  Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town.  Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future. 


Must-See Sites

The Royal Mile, Scotland

On The Map: The Royal Mile is located in Old Town Edinburgh, and runs between Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace.

The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare of Old Town Edinburgh, and boasts a number of famous historical sites and buildings, as well as an impressive array of shops, eateries and pubs. The Royal Mile is actually more than a mile by 107 yards. It starts at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle & ends at the gates of Holyrood Palace. There are several independently named streets which connect to make up the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate, and Abbey Strand. The major attractions on the Royal Mile are: Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The National Museum of Scotland & Camera Obscura - Scotland's oldest purpose-built attraction.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. From its lofty position on Castle Rock, the castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline, and is impossible to miss!

Edinburgh castle sits on a high, rocky hill with a narrow ridge running east above the Old Town of Edinburgh. There has been a fortification of some kind here for thousands of years. The castle has existed through layers of time and history, and it is indeed magnificent. Edinburgh Castle has highlighted the city’s skyline for 800 years, is a national symbol, and it is Scotland’s most popular site to visit. The castle was a vital possession in Scotland’s historic struggles. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

Channings Hotel - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Discover Malt Whisky Daytour

Edinburgh, Scotland

Discover the secrets behind the making of Scotland’s national drink and in particular the best variety of all - single malt whisky. Your tour takes you west from Edinburgh past Stirling to visit the first distillery of the day at Glengoyne. Beautifully situated at the foot of the Campsie Hills, which provide the water supply for the whisky making, this tour will introduce you to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water and yeast into whisky. From here you will take a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond in the heart of Scotland’s first National Park for a tasty pub lunch and the chance to sample some local beers. After lunch we recommend a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch and all its islands before heading off towards the second distillery of the day at Deanston. This converted cotton mill on the banks of the River Teith has many interesting features and produces some unique flavours in its whisky. After a relaxed afternoon visit here you will return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavours of single malt whisky fresh in your mind.

Inclusions:
*Full-day touring on a Mercedes 16 seater mini-bus - perfectly sized to go where larger tour buses cannot.
*A professional and experienced Driver/Guide. The uniquely small group size ensures a friendly & personal service.
Exclusions:
*Lunch & Refreshments
*Whisky Distillery Entrance & Tasting Fees (There are many tasting options to choose from at each location on teh day of your tour)


Must-See Sites

Blair Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Blair Castle is located in Perthshire in the centre of Scotland, just north of Pitlochry Town. The castle is accessed via the main A9 road that connects the towns of Inverness (to the north), and Pitlochry & Perth (to the south).

The only man in Europe still allowed to have a private army is the Duke of Atholl, who resides at Blair Castle! The sight of his magnificent, white castle on the main road north will stop you in your tracks. The oldest part of the castle was built in 1269.  During the Jacobite campaigns, it was designed anew, and the turrets were added.  A brilliant stroke of genius. The ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to the Atholl Highlanders, Blair Castle stands proudly against the magnificent backdrop of Highland Perthshire. With collections that fill over 30 rooms, there are few historic homes in Britain that can claim to have more comprehensive family treasures than Blair Castle, which portrays Scottish life over 700 years. After a tour of the castle you can enjoy the variety and tranquility of the grounds and gardens which form part of one of Scotland's great estates.


Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland

On The Map: Loch Lomond is located in Central Scotland, approx. 20 miles northwest of Glasgow. The main A82 road runs along the west shore of the lake en route to Fort William and beyond to Inverness.

Encompassing approx 720 square miles, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs became Scotland’s first National Park in 2002. Originally made famous by the novels of Sir Walter Scott in the early 1800s, The Trossachs has been enjoyed as the ‘Highlands in Miniature’ by tourists ever since. For two centuries, people have come here to walk, climb, cycle and sail, to breathe fresh clean air and drink in the spectacular views. The landscapes covered by the Park range from the uplands of Breadalbane to the sea lochs of Argyll, and included within its area is the whole of Scotland's largest loch, Loch Lomond. The northern end of the loch is deep and narrow, with mountains on either side, including the iconic Ben Lomond. The southern half of the loch is much more pastoral and is home to many islands. The surrounding mountainous areas include 21 ‘Munros’ (individual mountains over 3000ft); 20 ‘Corbetts’ (individual mountains over 2,500ft); and two forest parks. To appreciate the very best of the Trossachs, we recommend the route of the Duke’s Pass from Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine.


Pitlochry, Scotland

Accommodation

Fonab Castle - Pitlochry, Scotland

Castle
Room Type: Castle/Woodland Double or Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Blair Athol Distillery Tour

Pitlochry, Scotland

Today you'll enjoy a tour of Blair Athol Distillery. Established in 1798 in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Blair Athol stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the picturesque town of Pitlochry. From the water of the Allt Dour burn comes their 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish. Blair Athol wins hearts through its contribution to the Bell's Blend, the most popular blended whisky in the UK. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and provides a detailed explanation of the traditional art of malt whisky distilling, as well as an insight into the specialist craft of the Blender. A complimenary 'dram' of whisky is included with your visit, as is a discount voucher, which can be redeemed in the on-site shop against a purchase of a 70cl bottle of Single Malt Whisky.


Overnight Location

Pitlochry, Scotland

On The Map: Pitlochry is located in the very heart of Scotland. Cairngorms National Park is very close by to the north, and Edinburgh less than 1.5 hours to the south via the A9 road.

When Queen Victoria fell in love with the Highlands of Scotland, Pitlochry was a quiet village surrounded by the pine-covered hills of the Central Highlands. It became famous when she named it one of the finest resorts in Europe, and visitors began arriving to discover the magic of the Highlands. This vibrant town in the wooded valley of the River Tummel runs along a main street that’s lined with shops and eating places. It bustles with visitors, but relax and go with the flow. Look behind the busy-ness, and you’ll see the charming, Highland Victorian town that is still Pitlochry. Pitlochry is farther from the sea than any other place in Scotland, and it makes a good base for exploring the surrounding scenery, which is spectacular.


Must-See Sites

Blair Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Blair Castle is located in Perthshire in the centre of Scotland, just north of Pitlochry Town. The castle is accessed via the main A9 road that connects the towns of Inverness (to the north), and Pitlochry & Perth (to the south).

The only man in Europe still allowed to have a private army is the Duke of Atholl, who resides at Blair Castle! The sight of his magnificent, white castle on the main road north will stop you in your tracks. The oldest part of the castle was built in 1269.  During the Jacobite campaigns, it was designed anew, and the turrets were added.  A brilliant stroke of genius. The ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to the Atholl Highlanders, Blair Castle stands proudly against the magnificent backdrop of Highland Perthshire. With collections that fill over 30 rooms, there are few historic homes in Britain that can claim to have more comprehensive family treasures than Blair Castle, which portrays Scottish life over 700 years. After a tour of the castle you can enjoy the variety and tranquility of the grounds and gardens which form part of one of Scotland's great estates.


Pitlochry, Scotland

Accommodation

Fonab Castle - Pitlochry, Scotland

Castle
Room Type: Castle/Woodland Double or Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Dewar's Connoisseurs Tour

Aberfeldy, Scotland

Come to Aberfeldy Village, where John Alexander founded the Dewar's Distillery, and view first-hand the magic still in operation today! Walk through reconstructions of Tommy Dewar's plush London office, as well as Dewar's first Blending Room. Your tour also includes a short film on the Origins of Scotch Whisky, an Heritage Exhibition & Distillery Tour. You will then be treated to special whisky tastings of: Dewar's 12 Year Old, Dewar's 18 Year Old, Aberfeldy 12 Year Old & Aberfeldy 21 Year Old. Your experience is completed by Cask Tasting in the Warehouse & a complimentary 'nosing glass'. You will also receive a tasting tray of 5 x 15ml drams. Dewar's Distillery is open Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays. Last admission for tours, one hour prior to closing.

Please allow 2 hours approximately for your tour.
 


Must-See Sites

Kinloch Rannoch, Scotland

On The Map: The Village of Kinloch Rannoch is located on the eastern shore of Loch Rannoch, just 20 miles west of Pitlochry on the A9 & B847 Roads. GPS Coordinates: 56.702822, -4.189878.

The main economic activities in the area of Kinloch Rannoch are tourism, forestry and farming. Local tourist activities include rafting, cycling and trekking. Near the village is a hill reputed to resemble the head, shoulders, and torso of a man. It has been given the name of "The Sleeping Giant". Local myth says that the giant will wake up only when he hears the sounds of his master's flute. It also has a waterfall known as Fall of Allt Mor and there is a walkway to the hill. The village of Kinloch Rannoch is a good place from which to start exploring the Clan Trail. A series of interesting story boards have been placed at accessible points around the loch shore that tell the fascinating tales of clans prominent in the district before the 19th and 20th centuries. There is also a Crannog (artificial island) near the far west of the loch which was used in the 18th century as a base for outlawed members of the MacGregor Clan. The beautiful scenery surrounding Kinloch Rannoch (pictured), was used to good effect in the Outlander series, as the background for Claire and Frank's second honeymoon at the end of the war.


Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

On The Map: The Cairngorms National Park, (Scotland's biggest), occupies a large region in the northeast of the country. The nearest major town is Aberdeen to the east, but Cairngorms NP is quite central to all Scotland's large cities.

Scotland’s pristine National Park, the Cairngorms, have the highest, rugged mountain range in Britain rising to 4,296 feet. This country is heaven for walkers, skiers, rock climbers & nature lovers. A number of species of rare birds are attracted to the thriving, unusual alpine flora. Rock-climbers and skiers particularly love the challenge of the Cairngorms. Its craggy sides attract climbers from around the world—they practice at the Cairngorms before trips to the Himalayas! During the summer a funicular railway climbs Cairngorm. The views over the Spey Valley are spectacular. There’s also a steam railway, dating from 1863, that runs from Aviemore and Broomhila.  This is a great way to get up-close to nature if you’re not into the thrills-and-chills of mountain sports!  Also, many estates in the valley supplement their income by introducing visitors to the Highlands. See Britain’s only herd of reindeer and walk among them - the Cairngorm Reindeer Center is happy to take you to these lovely animals. With mixed woodlands at the base, and the summit forming a sub-polar plateau, the Cairngorms present a huge variety of flora.  Ancient Caledonian pines, once common in the area, still survive in Abernathy Forest.  Fragile and flourishing, Arctic flowers thrive in the heights.


Depart From

Depart from Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Return to Edinburgh Airport 2 hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

Edinburgh is a small airport, but offers a surprisingly large array of shops and restaurants. If you have some time on your hands after check-in and security, you won't be bored!


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Your Price Includes:

 
GROUND TRANSPORTATION
  • Rental Car with Auto Transmission for 3 Days (Insurance & Taxes Included)
ACCOMMODATION
  • 2-Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation in Edinburgh
  • 2-Nights at Fonab Castle in Pitlochry

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 4 Scrumptious Full Scottish Breakfasts

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scotch Whisky Experience Tasting & Tour
  • Discover Malt Whisky Guided Day Tour from Edinburgh
  • Blair Athol Distillery Tour
  • Dewar's Whisky Connoisseurs Experience

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Royal Mile
  • Holyrood Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  • Pitlochry & Kinloch Rannoch
  • Cairngorms National Park

Prices Based On:

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single Supplement Price Available for Solo Travelers
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

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