Speyside Whisky Trail
3 day tour

Relax with a dram in Speyside’s finest malt whisky distilleries on this tour from Edinburgh.

Tour map

Highlights

Distilleries
National Parks
Mountains
Lochs
Forests

Places you'll explore


Dunkeld - This cathedral’s architecture is a fascinating mix of Gothic and Norman styles.

Cairngorms National Park - Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.

The River Spey - One of Scotland’s most important rivers for salmon farming and whisky distilling.

Elgin - Visit this town and explore the best little whisky shop in the world.

Speyside Cooperage (Wed departures only) - Learn about the lifecycle of a whisky cask.

Four Whisky Distilleries - Compare and contrast the whiskies of four distinctly delectable distillers.

Royal Deeside - Throughout history the Royal Family have loved exploring this gorgeous region of Scotland.


Your journey


Join this tour and wake up in a whisky lover’s paradise. This tour takes you to Speyside, home of over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries. You get the chance to explore four distilleries, learn how whisky is intertwined with Scottish culture, and venture through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Rabbies Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place
Returns
18.30 approx
Discounts

Students, and seniors over 60

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
  • Unfortunately we don't carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour
Tour inclusions
  • Transported on a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Travel through the inspirational landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park
  • Sample your first delicious whisky of the tour

You head north to the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the forest to some dramatic waterfalls.

After lunch in Pitlochry, you can sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Once you’ve warmed with a little dram of whisky, you continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey, your base for two nights.

Day 2

  • Be amazed by the whisky selection in Gordon & MacPhail, Elgin
  • Understand the craftsmanship of the whisky cask at the Speyside Cooperage

A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, your first stop of the day is at the family owned Benromach Distillery, where you can go on a personalised tour.

From here it’s a short distance to Elgin. Here you can visit Gordon and Macphail, one of the world’s leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers.

You travel back up the Spey to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage, where you see another aspect of the whisky making process (Wednesday departures only).

After lunch here or in nearby Aberlour, you visit Cardhu Distillery. Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here you travel back to Grantown on Spey.

Day 3

  • Admire the peaks of the famous Cairngorms National Park
  • Walk in the footsteps of the Royal Family in the beautiful Royal Deeside region.

You travel through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains on route back to Edinburgh. In the morning you visit Glenlivet, which is both a distillery and a beautiful glen with serene walks and wonderful wildlife.

You then enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside. You pass 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, and back to Edinburgh.

Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.

Customer Reviews

Excellent tour

John Wallace Posted on 19/10/2016

I wanted to combine a liking for whisky with revisiting old haunts from my past, and this tour definitely hit the spot for me and met my expectations. We had party Pete as a driver and guide. Very knowledgeable - commentary was a good mix of history, culture and places of interest, as well as whisky. Really enjoyed the way he ran the tour, fitting in extras where we had time to spare, giving us plenty of time to indulge at the distilleries and whisky shops. I booked at short notice, and organised my own accommodation in Grantown on Spey - Haus Alba - Rabbies should consider it as an option - only two rooms but a superb BB. Travelled with nice folks from all parts of the globe - thoroughly enjoyable - great value. Would definitely travel with Rabbies again.

Great Tour with Keith

Bent Ritter Posted on 01/06/2016

Thanks for that wonderful Tour with our Guide and Driver Keith , he was very well informed about everything that did interest us.We saw so much besides the planned Tour.Great that the whole Tour was accompanied with the Musiv according to landscape , history or legends of that place.Very nice people on the bus and also in service at the Hotel and so on.Very nice accomodation on the tour.Phantastic pub in Granton on Spey.Thanks Keith and Rabbies.

Trip

Marie Åström Posted on 27/07/2015

The experience me and my family had during this trip was spectacular. Party Pete is absolutly wonderful as a guide. We loved every minute of our jurney. It made me want to vivite the highlands again.

amazing

Boyd penner Posted on 25/05/2015

We had an amazing tour / holiday with Keith as our guide. Amazing history and sites were shared. Keith played an amazing array of Scottish music too. We had an amazing stay at the Ravenscourt in Downton on Spey. In addition we had a great couple of nights with great pies at Craigs as well as many laughs and pints. Im sad to not be doing additional days on this tour as we had so much fun. I would recommend this tour in a second. The sites, stories, and the whiskey were great. Thanks, Boyd and Heather.

party Pete

Richard Howe Posted on 19/05/2015

Great tour guide, made us remember everything almost like revision. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour although my liver may have a second opinion. Lovely group of people also.

Party Pete

Andrew Posted on 09/10/2014

Great job Party Pete on the tour on 1/10/2014-3/10/2014

Scotland Memory - Speyside Whisky Trail 3 Day Tour

Michael Phelps Posted on 01/08/2014

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.

Karen's tour 4-6 July 2014

Frida & Tobias Posted on 06/07/2014

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

Karen Marr tour Guide

Todd and Meg Kowalski Posted 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.

Best tour guide - Party Pete

Alwyn and Faith Posted on 26/05/2014

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!

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in Grantown on Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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