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Speyside Whisky Trail 3 Day Tour
 
 
  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

Speyside Whisky Trail 3 Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Dunkeld and the Hermitage
~ Cairngorm National Park
~ The River Spey
~ Elgin
~ Speyside Cooperage (Wed departures only)
~ 4 Whisky Distilleries
~ Royal Deeside

A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries. Your 3 day adventure allows you to sit back and let us do the driving whilst you visit some of the finest whisky distilleries in Scotland and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside.

Stay 2 nights in Grantown on Spey in the Cairngorm National Park.

**For the Friday departures - days 1 and 3 of the itinerary will be reversed


Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 18.30 approx
Adult Prices:  £129 - £149
Discount Prices:  £119 - £139
Departing: Wednesday (April to October), Friday (selected dates May to Sept)
Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 takes you north to the historic village of Dunkeld and the stunning Hermitage forest waterfalls. After lunch in Pitlochry you can sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Warmed by the amber nectar you continue on your way through the Cairngorm National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey, your base for 2 nights. 

Day 2
A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive toward the coast your first stop of the day will be at the family owned Benromach Distillery for a personalised tour. From here it is a short distance to Elgin – home to Gordon and Macphail – one of the world’s leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers. From here you will travel back up the Spey to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside  Cooperage where you will see another aspect of the whisky making process (Wednesday departures only). After lunch here or in nearby Aberlour you will visit Cardhu Distillery. Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here is back to Grantown on Spey 

Day 3
takes you through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains on route back to Edinburgh. In the morning you will explore Glenlivet – not just a distillery but also a beautiful glen with great walks and wonderful wildlife. You will then enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside, passing by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass through Perthshire before arriving back in Edinburgh.

N.B. – the itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season and may not be the same described above, however there will always be a minimum of 4 distillery visits during the tour. 

Departure Point 
Rabbie's Café,  Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 
Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 
All ferry and bridge crossings. 

Exclusions 
Lunch, Dinner and refreshments.
Entrances to all Visitor Attractions.

Accommodation 
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

Discount Price 
Students, Seniors over 60. We do not carry children under 18 years on this whisky tour

Important Information  
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Great job Party Pete on the tour on 1/10/2014-3/10/2014
Posted by Andrew on 09/10/2014


Great three-day tour of Speyside departing from Edinburgh. Barney was our driver and guide and provided background on Scottish history and a friendly knowledge of whisky history and flavor, punctuated with just the right amount of contemporary Scottish and local Edindburgh politics (the drive-cursed trams were two weeks old at the time of our tour). Visited Benromach, Glenlivit and Dalwhinnie distilleries and the Speyside Cooperage as well as the Herimitage and Cairngorm National Park. The trip was paced to stop every hour or so and some of the best memories are from Barney's casual tales during those stops and visiting the small towns and even a sandy lakeside beach along the way. The trip is a big circle and we stayed at the Garth Hotel in Grantown on Spey each night (don't miss the best food and drink in town there). There were twelve of us on the tour. I'm not normally a tour-taker and so was happily surprised with Barney's company on trip and the comfort of the van on rural roads on some rather warm summer days.
Posted by Michael Phelps on 01/08/2014


We are beyond happy with our tour! Our guide Karen told us anything and everything about Scotland's history, whisky and culture. She made us all feel welcome and as if she truly enjoyed traveling with our group, and she managed to get more opportunities for "wee tastings" than we could have hoped for. She was also flexible and adapted the routes to the group's wishes. Our B&B was nice and the bus very comfy. All in all: We will most def come back for another "wee" tour! Best regards Tobias and Frida (AKA "Anne Arkler") Sweden
Posted by Frida & Tobias on 06/07/2014


We were beyond thrilled with Karen. She was personable, professional, knowledgeable and genuinely cared about whether we had a good time. I learned more than I had expected about Scotland's history and it's people and accomplished my intention of developing an appreciation for Whiskey... As did my wife. I will come back to Rabbie's again. If Karen is any reflection of Rabbie's as a business then there is nowhere else I could imagine feeling more comfortable. Thank you. P.s. Our other guests seemed to feel the same.
Posted by Todd and Meg Kowalski on 06/07/2014


Our tour guide, Pete is a wonderful guide that makes our honeymoon memorable. He is very knowledgeable of whisky and he answered all our questions very well. Pete has a warm personality that helps us bond together as a group. We are part of the famous 5 group that enjoyed our trip thoroughly. Thank you Pete!
Posted by Alwyn and Faith on 26/05/2014


Our guide Peter is a very knowledgeable guide with warm personality that makes our honeymoon memorable.
Posted by Faith on 26/05/2014


This tour was an amazing tour! Tthe B&B choice from Rabbie's was great with wonderful English breakfasts. Stops on the tour (both historic and distilleries) were perfectly planned and our guide even squeezed in special stops if they were along the way. Our tour guide Pete (aka Party Pete) was outstanding!! He made this trip special and suited to all of the travelers. He was a wealth of information about Scotland and the distilleries, he had the best recommendations for dining and pubs, and he was never overbearing, loud, or political (as we ran into on a tour from another company). The trip would not have been such a success without Pete. He took care of calling ahead to schedule the distillery tours and gather our fees so there was never any waiting to get to a tasting. Pete took care of us and educated us - we had a wonderful time because of him. THANK YOU PETE (and Rabbie's)!!
Posted by Kristina Oakes on 24/08/2013


excellent tour guide ,excellent tour ,really enjoyed it
Posted by kevin swinburne on 14/08/2013


This was a fantastic tour, Pete our driver was brilliant. He was nice and friendly, had lots of information on the history of the areas we visited and good places to eat. I would highly recommend this tour!!
Posted by Alison Feehily on 12/08/2013


Information provided by Eric Nicol was simply fascinating. He was immensely knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about Scotland and especially single malt whisky.
Posted by George on 16/06/2013


I really enjoyed the tasting and tour at the Benromach Distillery, and the stops for short walks in the forests and along river. And Eric was fantastic at answering all sorts of strange questions.
Posted by Trine on 14/06/2013


The selection of distilleries was varied and provided valuable information on the process and unforgettable tasting experiences. Eric, our guide, was very well informed and answered all our questions.
Posted by John Vazalinskas on 04/05/2013


This was an exceptional tour and I loved every minute of it. The most enjoyable part was when Mac took us to an off-itinerary tiny bar that held over 500 different whisky types and played the bagpipes for us.
Posted by Sarah Kristmann on 12/11/2012


Everyting!! The tour guide was funny, knowledgable and interesting. The sites were well thought out with plenty of wonerful photo opps and interesting stops. All the distilleries were wonderful.
Posted by Shona Williams on 07/11/2012


Just wanted to say a quick thanks to Mac for introducing me to Amy MacDonald. Just finished listening to her new CD "Music in a Beautiful Light" and was blown away by her lyrics. Music is just another way that Rabbies guides make memories long after the tour is over.
Posted by Susan Goodfellow on 14/10/2012


Mack was the best guide - fantastic knowledge and really took pleasure in finding places off the beaten track. The Benromach Distillery was the best of the tours - very informative
Posted by Alison Leeson on 23/09/2012


I'm not particularly a whiskey fan, so went on this tour mainly to see a part of Scotland I hadn't seen. Since it was August, the heather was in full bloom, and made everything look great, even on the rainy days. Many thanks to Mac - for the side explorations to the waterfall and the mill, for the photo stops, for the well-told stories with puns, and for the music. My two days on this tour were a lovely ending to the week and I recommend it to everyone, whether they like whiskey or not!
Posted by Susan Goodfellow on 03/09/2012


I liked it that we got to know very much of the Scottish history, Barney did a good job on telling it in a very interesting way. I also liked the many stops at different locations, so that we got to see a lot more than just distilleries.
Posted by Joris Wolters on 08/08/2012


Barney was great. Really enjoyed the distillerys and the rest stops along the way where they was something going on ie great photo op, or whisky shop, or monument, etc. really helped break up the trip so we didn't feel like we were on the coach for 5 hours of driving. The cupar stop was great too.
Posted by Chris Sherwood on 28/05/2012


The whole experience was fantastic and Eric was the same! Full of Knowledge and approachable. A likeable guy who even sang for us on tour. Top notch.
Posted by Shane Fielding on 11/10/2011


The entire tour was FABULOUS! It's hard to choose a favorite - we loved the distilleries, the visit to the Walker's cookie factory, and the scenic drive through the mountains.
Posted by Jennifer Voss on 09/10/2011


I already posted one review of my 3 day Speyside Whisky tour, but couldn't help posting one more about our driver/guide, Eric. He was simply too good for words to adequately describe him. Handsome, Personable, Knowledgeable, Laid-Back, Funny as hell and Right on Point. Some guides blather on when you want them to be quiet, or are silent when you want to know something. Eric was the perfect combination. If I ever get back to Edinburgh, I will only go on a tour if Eric is guiding it!!
Posted by Beth on 27/07/2011


Indulged a lifelong dream of going Whisky Tasting in Scotland recently. The tour was a dream and I was lucky enough to be in a small group of 7 like-minded individuals. I learned almost more than my brain could soak up, but I took notes and now have the most wonderful memories of this trip. Should anybody decide on this particular trip, be aware of 2 things... 1. The tasting fees are not included in the package price. 2. You MUST go with Eric - his personality, kindness, knowledge and experience helped make this trip so unforgettable. Should you want to read details of my particular trip...go to seeingmesquared.blogspot.com - look for he posts, "Driven to Drink", "Pieces to the Same Puzzle" and "Fun Facts and Funnies about Scotland"...all this was learned on my tour. Simply fantastic!!
Posted by Beth on 27/07/2011


Great tour! Mac is a godblessed guide, driver, helper etc. 3 wonderful days! Thanks from Maria, Mads, Jeppe, Marianne and Lars
Posted by Lars and Marianne on 15/07/2011


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Departing from Edinburgh at 09.00 your three-day Scotch Whisky adventure starts with the journey north into the Highlands. The first stop will be the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the forest to some atmospheric waterfalls. After lunch in Pitlochry you will make your first distillery visit at Dalwhinnie – the highest distillery in the country and the closest to the source of the River Spey. From here you follow the river north through the Cairngorm National Park to the small town of Grantown on Spey – your base for the next two nights.

Day 2 A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive toward the coast your first stop of the day will be at the family owned Benromach Distillery for a personalised tour. From here it is a short distance to Elgin – home to Gordon and Macphail – one of the world’s leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers. From here you will travel back up the Spey to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside  Cooperage where you will see another aspect of the whisky making process (Wednesday departures only). After lunch here or in nearby Aberlour you will visit Cardhu Distillery. Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here is back to Grantown on Spey 

Day 3 Takes you through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains on route back to Edinburgh. In the morning you will explore Glenlivet – not just a distillery but also a beautiful glen with great walks and wonderful wildlife. Later you will pass by the famous Balmoral Castle and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass then through the Perthshire before arriving back in Edinburgh around 18.30

Please note – itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season and may not be the same described above, however there will always be a minimum of 4 distillery visits during the tour.

 **For the Friday departures - days 1 and 3 of the itinerary will be reversed and the Speyside Cooperage is sadly not open.

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts