Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre

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From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whiskey distilleries. You’ll have a chance to sample the whiskey and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside. Day 1: Head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery. This modern Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first-ever recorded distillery in the country. After lunch in Pitlochry, sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey - your base for 2 nights. Day 2: Enjoy a whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whiskey region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, make your first stop of the day at Glen Moray distillery, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks. Travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage*, where you see another aspect of the whiskey-making process. After lunch in nearby Aberlour, visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here, travel back to Grantown on Spey. *Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures. Day 3: In the morning visit Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.  Then, enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside. Pass by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here, the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Perthshire, and back to Edinburgh.

Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

2. 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 Cardhu distillery. This is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. You leave Cardhu full of appreciation for whisky and arrive in Aberdeen in the early evening. It’s now up to you whether you continue the whisky tasting into the night.

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What people are saying about Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 51 reviews

We had the best day ever. Alice was fantastic, funny, kind and informative. We went to so many cool places and had such a memorable day. It’s actually the best tour we have done - it was the perfect mix of people and activities, the drive was magical and the scenery amazing. I even achieved my dream of kissing a highland cow on the nose! My partner had a birthday and she got given a tiny doll sized bottle of whisky by the shopkeeper which made us laugh with delight. We will be back for more tours with the same company again. Thank you Alice!

A great tour that we really enjoyed.

Newen as a guide was fantastic. Lots and lots of information about the country, history and other interesting details. The B&B accommodation was also superb, especially the breakfast. And of course the guided tours with the tastings in the distilleries. After a tour in Islay three years ago, I learned a lot of new things. Especially about the regional specialties and processes.

The tour allowed us to sample whiskeys from 6 distilleries over the weekend, broken up with amazing countryside and constant stories from our guide. Some slight trouble with distilleries being shut on weekends post-Brexit, but our guide found ones to go to regardless. Stayed in Granttown and would recommend heading to Craig's bar for a pie and drink.

Billy our tour guide was great! Great knowledge, nice sense of humor and he always kept us into schedule!!! Excellent accommodation in the Grantown on Spey It helped a lot the fact that we were a small group

Extremely enjoyable. Ewing was our guide and he was excellent.