Speyside Whisky Tour
17-20 October 2020

From: £1,050.00

Think of single malt whisky then think of Speyside! Centred around the River Spey half of all Scottish distilleries are based in this beautiful region of Scotland. Famous names like Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallan sit alongside smaller, artisanal producers and all have their own individual style. We will be staying in a beautiful private mansion near Forres, where we will have a very special, professionally catered dinner with matching whiskies the first evening – think of it as a private houseparty. We will explore several distilleries, learn about the fascinating process of making single malts and taste more than a few drams! We will even visit a cooper who make the all-important barrels used for ageing the spirit. If you’re a malt whisky lover you won’t want to miss this tour!

Itinerary

Speyside whisky tour
Day 1: Saturday 17th October
Meet at Inverness airport at 11.10 (to coincide with the Easyjet flight from London Luton). Group transfer by coach to Lossiemouth overlooking the ocean (1 hour) where we will have free time for lunch. The first steps in making whisky involve creating a strong beer and so to better understand this process, our first visit will be to the Windswept Brewery where we will have a tour and tasting of several beers. Continuing to Forres we visit Dallas Dhu distillery. The distillery is no longer operational but has been turned into a museum where we can step back in time to see and hear how whisky was made in the 1900s. Late afternoon we check into the private mansion, our base for the next 3 nights.

On our first evening together, we will enjoy a very special whisky and food matching multi-course dinner. A whisky expert will present a tutored tasting of 5 Speyside whiskies from distilleries which are not open for tours. This will be accompanied by a 5-course dinner prepared by a professional chef.

Day 2: Sunday 18th October
Today we head to south Speyside where we visit Glenlivet in the town of the same name. Here we will have a tour and tasting followed by lunch in their café. In the afternoon we will visit Cragganmore distillery, whose 14-year old whisky is part of the Classic Malts collection, for a tour and tasting.

Late afternoon return to Dalvey House. Free evening to visit one of the restaurants in Forres or perhaps order a take-away and relax ‘at home’.

Day 3: Monday 19th October
This morning we head back to Speyside and visit the Speyside Cooperage to experience first-hand the art of barrel-making. We continue to Macallan for a tour and tasting in their remarkable contemporary distillery, followed by lunch in their brasserie. In the afternoon we will have a tour and tasting at Aberlour distillery.

Late afternoon return to Dalvey House. Free evening to visit one of the restaurants in Forres or perhaps order a take-away and relax ‘at home’.

Day 4 Tuesday 20th October
This morning after breakfast we say farewell to Dalvey House and drive to Elgin for a brief stop at Gordon & Macphail, the famous whisky bottlers. It’s a short walk from there to Glen Moray distillery where we will have a tour followed by lunch in their café. Early afternoon we head back to Forres for a tour at Benromach distillery. Late afternoon, maybe after a last dram or two in a local pub, we drive back to Inverness airport in time for the Easyjet flight to London Luton which departs at 20.40.

END OF TOUR Speyside whisky tour

Please note: some distilleries do not accept bookings for tours more than 3 months in advance, therefore some visits are subject to change.

TRAVEL

Please note that flights are not included in the cost of the tour so you will need to book your own travel to/from Inverness airport. The recommended group flights are with Easyjet:

  • Saturday 17th October: EZY153 departs London Luton 09.40 arrives Inverness 11.10
  • Tuesday 20th October: EZY156 departs Inverness 20.40 arrives London Luton 22.05

Transfers by coach to/from Inverness airport are included and will tie in with the above flights. If you make alternative travel arrangements you will need to be at Inverness airport in time to meet the Easyjet flight on 17th October. The tour will end at Inverness airport around 19.00 on 20th October.

Travel throughout the tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned midi-coach.

ACCOMMODATION

Dalvey House is a magnificent Adam-style Georgian Mansion dating back to the 1770s. Set in well maintained grounds, with a front lawn surrounded by woodland, the house takes centre stage and is a stunning retreat. We will be in the main core of the original building, with its fine twin-stair entrance, leading to the grand entrance hall. Beyond this are the wonderful drawing room, dining room, TV room, family sitting room and functional kitchen, with the 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms on the floor above. The layout of bedrooms is: 4 double/twin with en-suite; 1 double/twin with private bathroom; 2 double rooms sharing 1 bathroom; 2 twin rooms sharing 1 bathroom.

Please note that due to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and layout of the accommodation 2 people sharing a double or twin room will have priority for the en-suite rooms. Therefore if you are a single traveller we cannot guarantee en-suite facilities. If you select this option in the booking form we will let you know whether or not this option is available.

PRICING INFORMATION

Price Includes:

  • £1,050 per person sharing a double or twin room
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Dalvey House with daily breakfast provided by a caterer
  • Collection from and return to Inverness Airport, and private transport by Midi-Coach throughout the tour
  • A welcome gala dinner at Dalvey House with a 5-course food and whisky matching presented by a local expert and catered by a professional cook
  • 3 lunches at distilleries or local restaurants
  • Tours and tastings at 7 distilleries, planned to be Dallas Dhu, Cragganmore, Macallan, Aberlour, Benromach, Glenlivet and Glen Moray
  • Tour & tasting at Windswept Brewery
  • Tour at the Speyside Cooperage
  • Services of Criterion Wine tour guide

Supplements:

  • £150 single supplement with en-suite or private bathroom (if available)
  • £100 single supplement with shared bathroom

A non-refundable deposit of £262.50 per person is payable when booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the start of the tour. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and is fully protected.

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