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

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £129.00 - £159.00
Concession Prices: £119.00 - £149.00
Departs: 09.00
Returns: 18.30 approx
Departing: Wednesday (Mar to Nov), Friday (May to Sept)
Rabbies Accommodation Information

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.

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Itinerary

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 around 18.30

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 a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
~All ferry and bridge crossings.

Exclusions
~Lunch, Dinner and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions.
Please note: Entry and tasting fees at the distilleries are NOT included in the price to give you more choice and the options of extra tastings on the day. Allow approximately £25-30 for the tours and tastings

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
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so 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. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

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.
John Wallace - 19/10/2016

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.
Bent Ritter - 01/06/2016

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.
Marie Åström - 27/07/2015

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.
Boyd penner - 25/05/2015

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.
Richard Howe - 19/05/2015

Great job Party Pete on the tour on 1/10/2014-3/10/2014
Andrew - 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.
Michael Phelps - 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
Frida & Tobias - 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.
Todd and Meg Kowalski - 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!
Alwyn and Faith - 26/05/2014

Traveller Photos

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Speyside June 2016 by Glyn

Speyside June 2016 by Glyn

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Speyside by Bent Ritter

Speyside by Bent Ritter

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Guess who likes whisky? :-) by Alessia

Guess who likes whisky? :-) by Alessia

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Special Whisky Tour by David Gillett

Special Whisky Tour by David Gillett

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Speyside tour 29 Nov by Annie

Speyside tour 29 Nov by Annie

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Speyside 3 Day Sept 2014 by Keith Fraser

Speyside 3 Day Sept 2014 by Keith Fraser

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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. 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. 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

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