Duration: 6 Days
COUNTRIES VISITED: Scotland
PLACES VISITED: Craigellachie, Aberlour ,Fochabers, Elgin, Keith and Dufftownc, Ballindalloch , Forres And The Coast
Arrive at Glasgow and move to Moray Speyside is located just a few hours’ drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, on arrival start the day with a basic tasting tour at Cardhu, The Macallan, or Aberlour. This will give you an overview of the distilling process. Cardhu is very traditional and one of the famous tours. The Macallan is quite fancy and contemporary. Aberlour is an historic distillery famous as well.
The Station Hotel in Rothes is just up the road in the direction of Elgin. Their Toots Cafe and Bar serves upscale versions of classic Scottish dishes. Try the haggis bon bons!
In Afternoon visit the Speyside Cooperage. It helps to have visited one distillery before visiting the Cooperage to learn about the barrel-making process. It helps to put things into perspective.
Enjoy dinner at the Copper Dog in Craigellachie, a casual Scottish pub with great food and a selection of local craft beers, including Spey Valley Brewery. After, visit the Quaich bar upstairs and try a dram or two of local whisky.
Visit another basic tour at Aberlour or Glen Grant in Rothes, then head up to the Gordon Castle Walled Garden. If it’s nice weather, walk the garden, and pop in for tea at their cafe. Then continue north towards the coast towards Buckie and then head east. Stop for photos at Bow-Fiddle Rock and continue to Cullen.
Enjoy Moray’s famous Cullen Skink in Cullen, either at Lily’s Kitchen Cafe or at the Cullen Bay Hotel.
There are a few options here. See about stopping in at Byres Farm in Fochabers for a bit of farm tourism. Learn about the local livestock industry and how they grow barley for the Glenlivet distillery. Or, pop into Elgin and hit the Elgin Cathedral, Johnson’s of Elgin, and visit the historic Gordon & MacPhail shop.
For a casual dinner, head back in the direction of Fochabers and visit the Fochabers Fish Bar. A super casual takeaway who won the Scotland’s number one fish and chip takeaway.
Start the day with a drive out to the Glenrinnes Estate, east of Keith and enjoy a visit to Eight Lands Distillery. This is a break in the Scottish Whisky Trail for a little gin and vodka. Eight Lands is a women-led distillery of organic gin and vodka, with stunning views even from the distillery floor.
Pop into Keith for lunch at Square Roots Cafe, which serves up burgers, toasted sandwiches, soups, and even local craft beer. Try the Keith Lager, a local craft beer.
Book one of the VIP experiences at Strathisla, a historic distillery on the Malt Whisky Trail. Strathisla is the symbolic heart of the Chivas company. Try their Whisky Blending Experience and take home a small bottle of your own malt whisky blend. Afterwards, continue heading south to Dufftown and enjoy a tasting flight at the world-famous Glenfiddich Distillery. Nearby is also The Balvenie as well as Balvenie Castle.
While in Dufftown, visit Seven Stills, a well-known whisky bar with a French chef whipping up interesting versions of traditional Scottish dishes. They offer a wide selection of daily specials that change with the seasons.
We recommend a VIP experience at one of the distilleries still on the list, which includes Glenallachie, Glenfarclas, or The Glenlivet.
The Glenlivet has a small cafeteria for a light lunch or snacks. Or make your way to Ballindalloch Castle, which has a cafe and tearoom serving up sandwiches for a light lunch. There is not a lot on offer for lunch in this area, so take a look at these options and figure out how far away you will be. In the end, even heading back towards Aberlour or Craigellachie is not too far out of the way.
Head to Ballindalloch Castle to explore the castle gardens and the interior rooms. Ballindalloch also has its own, newer distillery for a tasting, or Cragganmore Distillery is nearby.
Head towards Aberlour to dine at The Dowans Hotel. They offer two options, Spé and 57, as well as a stellar selection of Speyside gins and tons of options for Speyside whisky tasting.
There are a variety of ways to spend a morning in and around Forres at the western edge of Moray Speyside. Visit the Benromach or Dallas Dhu distilleries. Also near by is the Maclean Highland Bakery for a light snack or some food souvenir shopping of shortbread and Scottish oatcakes. Just a two minute drive from Maclean’s is Speyside Brewery, a young craft beer producer happy to do a tour and tasting. Also nearby is Logie Steading, and old farming estate during food and cultural destination, just south of Forres.
Make your way to the coast and check out Findhorn and then Burghead. Stop at The Bothy Bistro in Burghead for lunch, enjoying some local Scottish seafood.
Continue the drive along the coast. Perhaps stop at Windswept Brewery in Lossiemouth for a local craft beer tasting before winding down towards Elgin. If looking to squeeze in one final distillery, Glen Moray is located within Elgin.
Enjoy dinner at the Knockomie Inn for Scottish classics along with craft beer, local gins, and a good selection of the malt whiskies of Scotland.
Our tour ends with the most exotic experiences.
• Scotland Best Distilleries Tour
• Accommodation with Breakfast in 4*/5* Hotels
• All transfers & taxes are included.
• Customisation can be done as per choice.