There are many ways to enjoy a dram in Scotland, whether it be in a pub or bar next to a roaring fire, or stopping in a distillery visitor centre as you journey around one of Scotland's whisky regions. One of the best ways to discover whisky, however, is with a knowledgeable Scottish guide on an organised whisky tour with Discover Britain and Ireland...

Scotland have five whisky producing regions; Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside that host an enormous number of distilleries. Depending on some of these elements, the Scottish water, location of the distillery, the peat in the land and barrels used, the unique Whisky flavours in Scotland will transport you back in time.

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Speyside Whisky Tours


Follow the Malt Whisky Trail and visit the oldest working distillery, Strathisla in Keith, Banffshire in the Highlands on the banks of the Isla River for its infamous single malt. The area has stunning scenery and about half of all Scotland's distilleries are based here. The rich supply of Scottish water help produces smooth unpeated whiskies with some sweet and fruity characteristics. Continue on the trail to Glenfiddich one of the most popular distillery tours where you can see the whole process from barley to bar. Stop here for lunch and sample local Scottish produce from fish cakes to Haggis, neeps and tatties. An accessible route from any of Scotland's major cities the trail can take you beyond the distilleries and ensure you see Scotland at its most beautiful.

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Islay Whisky Tours

islay-whisky-tour.jpgJourney through Scotland with your private guide stopping in Inverary or Oban to take a ferry ride or take off from Glasgow by plane to the Island of Islay just 25 miles long with eight distilleries. With a history of producing Whisky starting from as early as the 17th century Islay is renowned for its characterful single malts with their smokiness and notes of sea air and seaweed. It also delivers on spectacular settings, a warm Scottish welcome and somewhere you will not want to leave!

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 Campbeltown - The Whisky Capital of the World

The Mull of Kintyre offers three working distilleries in Campbeltown, Scotland's smallest producing region steeped in history as it was once the "Whisky capital of the world". The Whisky produced here retains unique characteristics with its smokey flavor and sea air mist. A visit here is not just about the Whisky but the landscape, beaches, golf and access to remote parts of Scotland.

 Lowland Whisky Tours

The Lowland distilleries offer light fragrant unpeated whiskies, thanks to the mild climate and flat land throughout. With distilleries ranging from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife to Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran the options are endless for those who may want to enjoy a day or two of Whisky. Tours can include culture, history, golf and other activities to enhance your visit to any of these regions of Scotland. For those who are beginning on their tour of Scotland's Whisky a customised trail can be created to experience the most about Whisky making, Scotland as a destination and the city and country highlights.

 Highland Whisky Tours

Stretching from Orkney in the north to the Isle of Arran in the south and Aberdeenshire to the Outer Hebrides east to west, the Highland region is the biggest geographical whisky area in Scotland. Visit the most northerly distillery on the Highland trail in Orkney and sample Highland Park that uses the 4,000-year-old heathery peat to dry its malted barley, which in turn gives it a sweet smokiness. It is one of the few remaining distilleries in Scotland which still malts its own barley. New distilleries are still opening in this region and all distilleries here offer diverse flavours from Aberdeenshire where the dry and fruity elements appear to the peated, full bodied western Highlands. The area is also known for The Jacobite steam train which, runs from Glenfinnan to Fort William and Mallaig, a special visitor experience which can be part of your overall tour.

 Small Group Tours

Our most popular tour for small groups is the Golf & Whisky trail that offers you the chance to sit back and relax. A dedicated driver will be with you from the start and escort you around the regions for tastings and distillery tours. Pre booked tee off times will ensure you access the best courses and enjoy lunch/dinner at locally sourced restaurants. Enjoy the scenery, an endless number of Whiskies and the local hospitality in Scotland.

 Family Genealogy or Celebratory Tours

These tours are also a popular way to see some of the country whilst visiting the distilleries. We can organize ancestral tours which can include research into your Scots Irish family name or Scottish Clan. We research and prepare bespoke tours that will allow you to visit some amazing historical sites, witness the beautiful countryside that Scotland and Ireland has to offer and allow you to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors whilst sampling a dram or two!

 Customised Tours

Customised tours can be created just for you and include creating your own clan Whisky, visiting private Castles, boat charters, fishing, Spa & wellness in addition to private guides to showcase Scotland at its finest. Everything will be taken care of for you and your guests, to enjoy the spectacular scenery and Scottish hospitality.

 Self-Drive Whisky Tours

We will create a personalized tour itinerary with all your travel pre booked from ferries to trains and car hire plus accommodation and dining if required. Specialised Whisky tours can be added with Whisky tasting or lunch. We will share all our recommendations for off the beaten track.

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Sample Itineraries for Whisky Distillery Tours

Discover Britain and Ireland Whisky Tours

We offer private or self-drive tours ranging from 1 day (9-10hrs) departing Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness visiting Whisky distilleries and places of interest to 4-day Island of Islay Tours that include all transport, accommodation and whisky tours with additional free time to explore the island. There are also several options to include specific highlights including The Jacobite Steam Train, Golf and Castles.

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