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Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

1. Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

Leaving Aberdeen in the morning you’ll arrive first in Royal Deeside, one of the favored holiday locations of the British royal family. At the Cambus O’May forest, walk in the woods and reenergize in the pristine environment that makes this area such a draw for visitors. Invigorated by the walk, head deeper into the national park as you travel past Cockbridge and Tomintoul. This legendary stretch of road regularly sees the first of the snowy winter weather and crosses the mountain pass known locally as the Lecht. You’ll have plenty of time for photo opportunities on this unforgettable route. Then, delve into the home of whisky in the Speyside region. Stop at the Speyside Cooperage where you’ll get to know the history of Scotland’s oak casks. Next, head to one of the Speyside towns for lunch before visiting Strathisla Distillery, an iconic distillery with a pagoda-shaped roof that is the oldest in the Scottish Highlands and where the story of the Chivas Brothers started.   Savor this excellent single malt and learn about its relationship with famous Chivas Regal blends. Leave Strathisla full of appreciation for whisky and arrive in Aberdeen in the early evening where it’ll be up to you whether you continue the whisky tasting into the night.

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From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

2. From Aberdeen: Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands Tour

Make an early start in Aberdeen and head north to just outside Inverness for your first stop at Cawdor Castle. Dating from the late 14th century, the castle was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor and consists of an ancient medieval tower around the legendary holly tree. Visit the extraordinary castle itself and explore the three gardens. Next, make a quick outside stop at the site of the last major battle on British soil, Culloden Moor, the resting place of 1,500 Jacobite and 50 government soldiers who fought and died here in 1746. Time for lunch on the shores of Loch Ness at the Dores Inn. On a cold day, relax by the cozy log fire and savor lunch from a varied menu of home-cooked food. On a nice day, eat out on the sun terrace or enjoy a drink or two from the ‘The OutDores Inn’ bar soaking up the rays in the large beer garden. After lunch, head to Inverness, the Gateway to the Highlands, and enjoy some free time to explore. Wander through the city, peruse the shops and the best used book store, and stroll along the river taking in the views of Inverness Castle. On the journey back to Aberdeen, stop at Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands nestled at a height of 1164 feet (355 meters) on the northern slopes of the Cairngorm Mountains.

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What people are saying about Tomintoul

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Excellent excursion. Neil was great. Showed up in authentic quilt, very nice touch. Very approachable, very knowledgeable. Even added a secret stop with was above and beyond just because a member of the group asked a question.

gentle guide, cool tour, nice stops, delicious whisky