whisky tour in Scotland

scotch whisky, single malt, Highland, Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, Lowland...

Custom Crafted Private Tours

Allow Serenity Scotland to tailor-make a tour, or a package, to the verdant countryside of Scotland, and craft the perfect balance of distilleries, meeting Scots people, and other distinctive Isle of Islay Whisky Tourexperiences for your trip. This can be a brilliant way to augment your vacation time/ stay in Scotland. Start from where you choose and have your own dedicated guide (and driver) to make the most of your personal Scottish whisky trip.

Here is a highly enjoyable and successful custom made private tour designed for four people travelling to Speyside Scotland in September 2011:

Day One - pick up at 23 Mayfield in Edinburgh at 10:00 am and travel to Highland Perthshire, stop and view Loch Leven (famous for its' castle from which Mary Queen of Scots escaped, and for its unique strain of brown trout), via the world's tallest hedge to Glenshee (Glen of the Fairies) stop for lunch at the charming highland village of Braemar and travel over the high road of Lecht through Glenlivet to Speyside; stay at the delightful country house hotel that is: Dowans.

Classic Highland Speyside Whisky Tour

Day Two - visit Glenfiddich Distillery including the history and tour of the Distillery, overview of the whisky making process, tour of the traditional warehouses, snack lunch in Dufftown, tour The Balvenie Distillery at 2pm - three hours in-depth tour starting with a coffee and chat and including a visit to the working malt barns, floors and kilns, the cooperage. followed, most naturally, with nosing and tasting of 4 different varieties of Balvenie, from first-fill and refill casks. Overnight at again at the Dowans Hotel with the opportunity to dine at the: Mash Tun (locally sourced food and great whisky bar selection) in Aberlour.

Guide Whisky Tour Islay

Day Three - head from Speyside by Cromdale to the Drumochter Pass; a stop at the House of Bruar (a highland emporium), via the Queen's View of Loch Rannoch and the shoulder of the fairy hill of Schielhallion to Fortingall for possibly Europe's Oldest Tree; via resplendent Loch Tay, the Falls of Dochart and Loch Lomond (reknowned in Jacobite song) to stay at the conveniently situated, friendly and stylish boutique hotel bed and breakfast, 15 Glasgow.

Day Four: A Free Day to explore Glasgow including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, catch A Play, A Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor, or if you are not 'distilleried-out', make your way to Auchentoshan Distillery in the former shipbuilding town of Clydebank; stay another night at the wonderful 15 Glasgow.

Small Group Whisky ( and Whiskey ) Tours
Whisky Tour Scotland

For more than six people, your whisky guide and raconteur will be Scotsman, Jock Shaw, twice whisky nosing and tasting champion of the Netherlands where he is the brand ambassador for the following whiskies: Bruichladdich, Tullibardine, Tomatin, Compass Box, Dun Bheagan, Chieftains, Murray McDavid, Cadenhead, Duthies, The Whisky Agency, Liquid Library, Daily Dram, La Maison du Whisky, The Single Malts of Scotland (SMS), Middleton Irish Whiskey (Redbreast, Green Spot, Powers John's Lane), Nikka Japanese whisky and its dependancies (e.g. Yoichi, and Myagikyo and Taketsuru) and soon to market: Penderyn Welsh Whisky and MackMyra Swedish whisky. Laphroaig Whisky Tour ScotlandJock specialises in combining his extensive whisky knowledge with his own brand of 'cabaret' storytelling and musical entertainment. Jock can also do whisky masterclass tours for established groups of Speyside, Highland, Lowland, Islay and Campbeltown whisky (and whiskey) lovers. Jock is also available to lead groups in other countries for whisky, whiskey, grappa, gin, rum tours. Please email Iain with your ideas for a tour.

Scotland tour at its best

2 or 3 Day Highland/Speyside Whisky Tour:

This three day tour is an excellent, three day tour for those short on time but who want to maximise their tutored enjoyment.

Day One: Leave Edinburgh or Glasgow for Glengoyne Distillery (beautifully nestled in the hills and Scotland's slowest distillation process) Tulibardine Distillery (where James IV sourced ale in 1488), past the old drover's town of Crieff to take in the wonders of the Sma' (small) Glen; stay in the Victorian Highland resort town of Pitlochry at: Craigatin House and Courtyard.

Day Two: Travel via the high Drumochter Pass to Speyside, late morning visit to Glenfarclas Distillery (luxuriously sherried whiskies - the 15 year old is a particular favourite!), pop in to visit the Aberlour Distillery, lunch at the Mash Tun (locally sourced food) in Aberlour. Afternoon visit to Balvenie Distillery, where, uniquely in Scotland, we can see, at first hand, the malting barn and kilns, as well as view the coopers at work on the casks. Back to Craigatin House, Pitlochry for early evening.

Day Three:

Morning to explore Pitlochry (or a trip to HIghland Perthshire including the Queen's View; afternoon visit to Blair Atholl Distillery (mellow aroma, fruity flavour and smooth finish), a stop at Dunkeld and Birnam (ancient cathedral 'city' and great example of an early 18th Century village on the banks of the majestic River Tay), and then via Loch Leven (views of the castle) and the famous Forth Bridges to Edinburgh for early evening.

For two days, this can be done as Day One and Day Three.

Whisky Tour to Islay

A typical four day custom, private package to the delights of the Island of Islay may include a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast stay at the Port

Port Charlotte Bruichladdich Private Whisky Tour

Charlotte Hotel with great pub and superb food, and distillery visits, for example, to Lagavulin , Ardbeg, Laphraoig and the farm distillery (opened 2005) at Kilchoman on one day, and Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhainn and Caol Ila on another. This can be combined with a trip down to Campbeltown to sample the wonderful Springbank in situ and/ or Scotland's only triple distilled Scotch whisky, Auchentoshan in the old shipbuilding town of Clydebank.

Over the past eight years whisky experiences have been customised with for example: conference facilities, for a Swedish company (2004 and 2005); a tour in 2008 starting In Aberdeen and taking all the 'wee-est' roads to culminate (triumphantly) in Islay (doing some superb walking and fish eateries along the way); in 2009 and 2011, a return tour for three happy Canadians covering the distilleries of Islay and Speyside, Highland and Orkney (with little walking but a certain aplomb!) In 2011, other tours included a whisky and seafood tour of Islay and Speyside, and a whisky connoisseur tour of Speyside. A tour of of the Lowland and Campbeltown distilleries is in the pipeline.