Cairngorms, Royal Deeside & Speyside Whisky
1 day tour

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Sample the best drams of Scotland’s premier whisky region on this tour of the Speyside Whisky Trail.

Tour map

Highlights

Distilleries
Lochs
Mountains
National Parks

Places you explore


Speyside Cooperage – Find out how casks are made at this essential attraction of the Speyside Whisky Trail.

Aberlour Distillery - This sweet whisky is one of the smoothest you’ll ever try.

Glenfiddich Distillery - Arguably, the distillery that created the global demand for single malt whisky.

Cairngorms National Park - Pine trees line the rolling hills of this beautiful region of Scotland.


Your journey

Whether you're a whisky lover or a whisky learner, you're bound to get a taste for it in the beautiful region of Speyside.

Home to around 50% of all Scottish whisky distilleries, there's almost too much to see and drink. So on this tour, we help you get the most out of the region by taking you to two distinct distilleries. It’s a chance to learn about the incredible history, process, and flavours of Scotland’s national drink.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Aberdeen Bus Station, Guild Street, AB11 6NA
Returns
19.00
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

You leave Aberdeen in the morning and delve straight into the home of whisky, the Speyside region. But don’t worry if you’ve not had breakfast, at your first stop in the Speyside Cooperage, you’re learning about whisky rather than drinking it.

After learning about the beautiful oak casks here, you head for lunch at one of our favourite local restaurants.

And now you have the chance to try some whisky. Your first distillery is Aberlour. This whisky is famously easy to drink for beginners but also has enough depth to impress the connoisseurs.

You then head to one of the most famous distilleries in the world, Glenfiddich. The huge stills here and classic architecture are exactly what you’d imagine a Scottish distillery to be. But be careful in the shop, there’s always a temptation to buy a £300 whisky here…

After this, you have a refreshment stop at Huntly, a quintessential Scottish Highland village.

In the evening, you arrive back in Aberdeen where it’s up to you whether you continue the whisky tasting.

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FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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