Royal Dee-Side and The Malt Whisky Trail


Enjoy a wee dram of whisky
The Lecht
Crathie Church

Monarchs, Mountains and Malts

Adult Price from £41
Child/Over 60 from £38

Tour Description


A day of Whisky and History…

On this one-day tour, learn a little about Scottish history, and find out just how the true spirit of Scotland is made!

Depart Inverness to Cawdor Castle…

Leaving from Inverness we'll journey to the nearby Cawdor Castle*. With a trio of incredible gardens, a nature trail and putting green there's something for everyone.

Learn how Scotland makes its most well-known export: Whisky…
We'll then make our way to the Royal Lochnagar Malt Whisky Distillery* where you can learn about the lengthy process of creating the perfect dram. The tour offers whisky lovers a chance to taste a wonderful 12-year-old single malt. 

On to Crathie Kirk…
Stopping in the Victorian village of Ballater, nestled amongst the beautiful Cairngorm National Park offers an insight into Highland life. Next, we'll take you to Crathie Kirk, The Royal Family's place of worship, set in some of the most spectacular scenery of the northeast.

Homeward bound through the mountains… 

You'll journey through some dramatic mountain ranges as we return to Inverness via one of Scotland's highest roads.

Please note, optional extra:
- Royal Lochnagar Distillery: £8.00 per person
- Cawdor Castle & Gardens: Adult: £12.50 / Concession: £11.50 / Child (5-15 years): £7.50
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience
-Please note option extras are subject to availability


Royal Dee-Side and The Malt Whisky Trail Route Map

Tour Highlights

Cawdor CastleCawdor Castle*

Beautiful Castle and Gardens

Glenlivet DistilleryA whisky Distillery

 Royal Lochnagar Distillery Visit


A charming Highland village


The Royal Family's place of worship

The LechtThe Lecht

Ski slopes on one of Britain's highest roads

Tour Details

Departure Days:
10th May to 27th September

9:15am/6:30pm (approx)
Reference: Tour No 23

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point


Tour Reviews

I have done two trips with Highland Experience. One to Royal Deeside with Ritchie and one to Applecross with Chris. Both went above and beyond expectations. I am not a 'tour-bus style' traveller. I am adveturous and independant and would much rather be out navigating my own way around. However, this is simply not possible in the vast expanse of Highland countryside. I would not hestitate to reccommend this tour to other travellers of all walks of life. The buses are small so you never feel like you're part of a hoard of tourists desending on the sights. The guides are knowledgeable, flexible and wonderful to be around. The buses are kept in great condition and despite the windy roads, I never once felt travel ill. The landscape is a once in a lifetime experience and Highland Experience is a practical, affordable and charming way to see it.

( briannamcclean - Trip Advisor - August 2017)

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