On this one-day tour, learn about Scottish history by visiting some of Scotland’s finest castles or find out just how the true spirit of Scotland, single malt whisky, is made.
Our day begins by departing Inverness and heading to Benromach Distillery*. This small independently owned distillery was founded in 1898 and produces just half a million litres of spirit a year. Explore this distillery with an in-depth tour followed by 4 contrasting drams to fully experience the spirit of Scotland. If you don’t fancy this distillery, why not visit the grand, 16th-century, Brodie Castle*, home to over 400 varieties of daffodil and the residence of the Brodie clan for over 400 years, or have some free time to explore the ancient market town of Forres?
Leaving Forres behind, we continue our way southward to the Spey. First, we’ll head to Glenfiddich, one of the few distilleries to still remain family owned, for lunch (own expense). While here, why not try a dram or two at their Malt Barn Bar? From Glenfiddich, it’s a short drive down to the Speyside Cooperage* for a chance to see the coopers at work. This is a must see in Speyside, you’ll be amazed at how fast the men build a cask! Over 150,000 casks are produced or repaired here each year.
Your final stop of the day before heading home will either be Glenlivet Distillery*, the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, or Ballindalloch Castle*, ‘The Pearl of the North’. Visit Glenlivet Distillery and find out about the Whisky known in Holland as ‘The single malt that started it all’, the whisky who in 2016 hit a new record of selling over 12 million bottles worldwide. Or end your day with a visit to one of the most romantic and renowned Castles in Scotland, located in the heart of Speyside. Ballindalloch Castle, has been continuously lived in by the same family who founded in, the Macpherson-Grants. The choice is up to you.
Please note, optional extras:
- Cooperage: £4.00 per person
At Forres, choose from:
1. Brodie Castle: Adult: £11.00/ Concession: £9.50 / Child: £6.50
2. Forres Museum: Free
3. Benromach – Contrast tour: £20.00 per person
At Ballindalloch, choose from:
1. Ballindalloch Castle & Grounds: Adult: £12.00 / Concession: £10.00 / Child: £6.00
2. Ballindalloch Grounds Only: Adult: £6.00 / Concession: £6.00 / Child: £3.00
3. Glenlivet Whisky Distillery: £15.00 per person
-Please note optional extras are subject to availability if you’d like to pre-book your visits to the distilleries, please get in touch with Scottish Routes directly on firstname.lastname@example.org