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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 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.

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. For lunch, a visit 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. Next, on to Loch Ness where you have a photo opportunity of the Loch and have time to dip a toe in the water. On the journey back to Aberdeen, a stop at Carrbridge the location of the packhorse bridge, one of Scotland's oldest bridges. Travel along the Snow Roads Route through the East Cairngorms and stop at some of the viewpoints along the way.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 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!

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