3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour From Edinburgh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:15 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Soak up the spirit of Speyside on a 3-Day small-group whisky tour! Explore Scotlands principle malt whisky producing region, which is noted for its elegant and subtle-tasting whiskies. Your small-group 3-day whisky tour will depart from Edinburgh with a maximum of 16 people and head to the north-east area of Scotland! The region of Speyside follows the path of the River Spey, stretching from the west of the Cairngorm National Park to the east coast. Boasting an impressive scene of winding lochs, green glens and dramatic peaks, the region has something for everyone.Enjoy visits to four of the regions famous whisky distilleries, Dalwhinnie, Benromach, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet and enjoy tastings and samples galore. Speyside is home to another 42 operating distilleries, so theres certainly plenty more to see if time permits! You will also visit Gordon and MacPhails legendary whisky shop in the Royal Burgh (town) of Elgin where you can shop for some of Speysides finest malts.

Highlights

Free drinks included

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Informative, friendly and professional guide

Small-group tour by minibus

Small group ensures personal service

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Grantown on Spey

Stop At: Lindores Abbey Distillery, Newburgh, Fife, Scotland
The oldest written reference to whisky mentions this location. Sample a dram at the modern distillery and drink in the history.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Dalwhinnie Distillery
Try not to get too light-headed as you sample whisky at Scotlands highest distillery.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Grantown on Spey

Day 2: A whole day exploring Speyside, Scotlands most famous whisky region.

Stop At: Benromach Distillery
They say all Speyside whiskies used to be smoky. This distillery brings the classic flavour back to life.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre
Learn about the lifecycle of a whisky cask.
*Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Scotland
A family-owned distillery that is known as the best-selling whisky in the world.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Grantown on Spey

Day 3: Grantown on Spey - Edinburgh

Stop At: The Glenlivet Distillery, Glenlivet, Moray, Scotland
Tucked away in a remote glen youll find one the most famous flavours of Scotland.
Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Balmoral Castle, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Throughout history, the Royal Family have loved exploring this gorgeous region of Scotland.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Itinerary:

Day 1
Leaving Edinburgh in the morning, your small-group tour will head northwards to the heart of the Scottish Highlands. There will be a stop at the popular village of Dunkeld, which is famed for historical links to the Jacobite rebellion, before enjoying a relaxing lunch in the wee town of Pitlochry. Tour the famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, and sample a few drams of its smooth, full-bodied whisky (known as the "Gentle Spirit of the Glen"). Following a route through the rolling hills of the Cairngorm National Park, your whisky tour will continue up to the small town of Grantown on Spey. This will be your base for the next two days – conveniently located in the heartland of the exciting Speyside whisky region.

Day 2 (B)
Take a scenic drive towards Scotland’s north-east coast, for a day of exploring the best that Speyside has to offer! Your first whisky stop of the day is at the Benromach Distillery for a personalized tour with an expert guide. The whisky here is made from the finest Scottish malted barley and water from the Romach Hills. The effect is reflected in the taste, and luckily you’ll have ample opportunity to sample a wee dram or two!

A short drive away is the Royal Burg (Scottish town) of Elgin for a spot of shopping and lunch. Elgin is the home of Gordon and MacPhail, the legendary whisky specialists to those in the know. Take this great opportunity to browse their shop, which reputedly has the largest selection of malt whiskies in the country! After your afternoon in Elgin, you will travel along the River Spey to reach the Cardhu Distillery for another tour. The Cardhu Distillery is the only Scottish whisky distillery to have been founded by a woman, and its produce is used in Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskies.

Time permitting, your small-group tour may take a brief tour of the fascinating Speyside Cooperage in nearby Craigellachie. A cooperage is a warehouse that produces whisky casks by an ancient art known as 'coopering.' The Speyside Cooperage is the last working one in the UK, so it is well worth a look!

Day 3 (B)
Passing through the dramatic scenery of the Cairngorm Mountains, your route down to Edinburgh allows time for one last whisky tour at Glenlivet. Besides seeing the wonderful Glenlivet Distillery, you will have a chance to walk through the glen and take in sights of the natural wildlife all around. Continue south past Balmoral Castle, and enjoy a final stop at the village of Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park before reaching Edinburgh in the early evening.

Inclusions

Accommodation included: 2 nights

Driver guide

Small Group Tour (16 people max)

2 nights overnight accommodation including breakfast, with private facilities in either a B&B or 3-star hotel

Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop off

Entrance fees for the distilleries

Entry/Admission - Lindores Abbey Distillery

Entry/Admission - Dalwhinnie Distillery

Entry/Admission - Benromach Distillery

Entry/Admission - Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre

Entry/Admission - Glenfiddich Distillery

Entry/Admission - The Glenlivet Distillery

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 14 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Minimum age for travel on this tour is 18 years

Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

Tour timings and stops are flexible and for reference purposes only.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 18-Oct-2019

    Me and my mate decided to go on a whisky trail with Rabbie's. We didn't know if they're any good but Viator suggested this package and we decided to go for it because it was convenient, reasonably priced and all in one package so no hassle!

    What a great choice! Our tour guide/driver (Grant) was an amazing story teller, very capable driver and very caring! The mini-coach was very comfortable and easy to hop on/off!

    The choice of distilleries was spot on and even when asked to squeeze in an extra one he managed to pull it through without losing time from our busy schedule!

    Even the choice of B and B was great! Our hosts were amazing and they made us feel like home!

    Thank you Viator, Rabbie's and Grant for a amazing experience!
    Kostas

  • 30-Sep-2019

    We were four couples on this excellent Speyside tour. Each day was outstanding. Our tour guide and driver was outstanding: knowledgeable, flexible and high quality!

  • 16-Jul-2019

    The tour was everything I hoped it would be! Dan Young, our guide, was excellent - knowledgeable alike on the history of Scotland as on the history of Scotch. Well-spoken, and great stories.

    Wonderful driving scenery; and excellently-chosen distilleries for the stops - each unique in its offerings of tours, whisky-making philosophy and lore. Highly recommended!

  • 11-Nov-2017

    Excellent tour. Our guide Stevie was the best. We saw beautiful, wild scenery as we drove through the Highlands and the Spey River valley. We had tastings at 4 distilleries and the Whiskey Castle. The stop at the cooperage was amazing. Our bed and breakfast accomodations in Grantown on Spey were very comfortable in a beautiful old stone house. On the tour we stopped at various historic and scenic sights, including Elgin Cathedral and some ancient stone bridges. Great tour.

  • 28-Sep-2017

    We had a really good time with Pete as our tour guide he kept the trip exciting. Our Bed and Breakfast place was exceptional Allan and Sylva were really great hosts. The weather was really good for September it only rained part of one day.

  • 31-May-2017

    The Speyside Whisky tour totally met expectations. Travelers were a mix of Europeans and North Americans and everyone was friendly and cooperative. Barney the tour guide and driver was amazing with his information and love of scotch whisky. He was articulate, irreverent, funny and knowledgeable. Clearly he enjoyed his job! We visited both small and large distilleries and got to taste lots of whiskey. Our B and B accommodation was immaculate and the homemade breakfasts were delicious. Everything went as planned and as promised. The tour is highly recommended.

    Bring lots of UK cash as you pay for the tours in advance to the driver. Credit cards not accepted for the tours.

  • 23-May-2017

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour - if you love whisky you must do this!
    The whole package was excellent from the accommodation to the lovely Keith our driver. We learnt so much about Scotland and it's history too!

  • 03-May-2017

    If I could give this tour more stars i would. Our tour guide was Stevie and he was amazing. We were a group of 14 plus the guide that spent 3 days on this tour. We all had a great time! All of the distilleries were amazing. Stevie was very funny and patient with all of us. I highly recommend this tour. This tour company Rabbi's is fantastic.

  • 26-Oct-2016

    Trip was incredible - would highly recommend it to anyone! Pete and Steve were just delightful and made each day exciting and full of fun.

  • 19-Oct-2016

    Great guide, great whiskey options, and a great learning experience.

    Only thing I suggest doing is check the hotel options in Grantown-on-Spey and work with Rabbie's to find a good option that has good reviews. In the group I was in, we were split over a few hotels and not all were great.

    Absolutely would do a tour with Rabbie's again and in fact maybe even repeat this specific one in the future.

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