Glengoyne Distillery

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Glasgow: Glengoyne Distillery Guided Tour & Whiskey Tasting

1. Glasgow: Glengoyne Distillery Guided Tour & Whiskey Tasting

Follow the journey of whiskey-making through mashtun and washbacks to the swan-necks of copper stills. Discover how every ounce of flavor is captured before sending the spirit to the cask. In the cool confines of the stone warehouse, see where the magic of maturation takes place. Learn how the whiskey ages, from the difference the wood makes, to how the spirit deepens in color over the years. After the tour, enjoy a tutored tasting of 3 Glengoyne Whiskies. Each whisky is paired with a chocolate from award-winning, Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier.

From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

2. From Glasgow: Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Tour

Discover Scotland's glorious past on this exciting tour through the heart of the Highlands. Hear about heroes such as Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Marvel at the natural beauty of the forests, lochs, and mountains in Loch Lomond National Park. Depart from Glasgow in the morning and travel towards Stirling, along a route that was once the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, and was later used by the English King Edward I as he marched towards Stirling.  Approach Stirling and take in views of the magnificent castle that dominates the area as you make your way up towards the high volcanic rock where it imposes itself upon the surrounding land.  Go north to see the towering National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland’s great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie 'Braveheart.' Travel to Bannockburn castle where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II. From Stirling you will drive into the Highlands to an area known as the Trossachs National Park where the Lowlands meet the Highlands.  Stop to purchase lunch in the heart of the National Park forest outside Aberfoyle, where you can enjoy the magnificent nature all around you. After lunch you take the backroad to Loch Lomond.  Admire the country's biggest loch which takes its name from the mountain Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. Following a walk out in the west highland, continue to the picturesque Distillery of Glengoyne where one of the bestselling malt whiskies in Scotland is produced.  Have the option to tour the distillery or peruse the refreshments that are on offer at their "Slainte Mhath Shop." From there, it’s just a short drive back to Glasgow where you will arrive in the late afternoon. 

From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

Get better acquainted with Scottish whiskey on this day trip by van from Edinburgh. Explore the distilleries of Glengoyne and Deanston and go for a drive along the shores of the famed Loch Lomond. Depart from Edinburgh in the morning aboard a climate-controlled van and relax on the drive west past Stirling castle. Arrive at Glengoyne distillery and be introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. Unwind with a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond. Stop at a pub where you can purchase a hearty lunch and some local beer. After lunch, have the option to go for a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch before making your way to Deanston Distillery. Explore the interesting features of this distillery that was converted from cotton mill on the banks of the river Teith. Find out how they produce some unique whisky flavors. Return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavors of single malt whisky fresh in your mind.

From Edinburgh: Stirling, Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour

4. From Edinburgh: Stirling, Kelpies, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour

Embark on a guided day tour to Stirling Castle, Kelpies, Loch Lomond, and the Glengoyne Distillery, departing from Edinburgh. Get an overview of Scottish history and culture as you explore some of the country's most famous landmarks. Depart from Edinburgh and travel first to Stirling Castle. Discover the secrets of this historic castle, which was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. It is situated overlooking the River Forth, at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands. Visit the Royal Palace of the castle and witness lavish decor from the 1500s. Visit the last Royal Scottish building at Stirling, The Chapel Royal, and learn how Stirling castle is linked to famous names like King Robert the Bruce, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Jacobite uprising. From Stirling Castle, you will then visit the banks of Loch Lomond. Take a short hike on the shores and hear all about local legends along with the history, wildlife, and culture of Trossachs National Park. Learn more about the Vikings that landed and colonized this area many years ago. After hiking the banks of Loch Lomond, head to Glengoyne Distillery where you’ll get the opportunity to take a tour to learn about the whisky-making process. Discover how they create the famous “water of life” you’ll even get the chance to taste a delicious dram or two. Continue to the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk and marvel at the almost 100ft work created by Glaswegian Andy Scott. Learn about these mythical creatures that are said to be prevalent in Scottish waters, and who can cause a lot of havoc to unsuspecting locals with their shape-shifting abilities. Finally, relax on the journey back towards Edinburgh. Be dropped off in the city center and say your farewells as you enjoy the rest of your time in Scotland.

Stirling Castle, Highland Lochs & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

5. Stirling Castle, Highland Lochs & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Explore Scotland’s history on this unique tour. Start your day with a visit to Stirling Castle, home to the Scottish Royals until the early 17th century. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the castle itself or stroll around Old Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland. On your way to Loch Lomond you’ll see the famous highland cows, and pass a stunning landscape of lochs and mountains, reaching Loch Lomond at lunchtime. After lunch by the "bonnie banks," you’ll have the choice of a boat trip on the Loch or a short nature walk to a superb viewpoint over Scotland’s largest lake. You’ll finish the day at Glengoyne Distillery, situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands. The distillery, which takes its name from ‘Glen Guin’ or Glen of the Wild Geese, has been producing high quality single malt for nearly 200 years. You will, of course, have the opportunity to tour this beautifully located distillery and sample the delicious 10-year-old product for yourself!

From Glasgow: Guided Day Trip to Loch Lomond & Distillery

6. From Glasgow: Guided Day Trip to Loch Lomond & Distillery

See the highlights of Scotland including a historic castle, the Highland Whisky Distillery, and the Scottish Highlands. Learn all about the history of the area from your local guide. After departing Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and one that’s full of character, a great music scene, and plenty of wonderful restaurants, your guide will take you north to the historic city of Stirling. This is your chance to visit Stirling Castle, a notably prominent feature on the skyline steeped in some of the most magnificent history in the country. It’s believed to have been besieged at least 16 times and changed hands many times during the Wars of Independence. Enjoy free time to explore the castle and even join one of their scheduled tours led by the expert Castle guides. Next, your guide will whisk you over to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to experience the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Witness the Highland boundary fault line, the area of Scotland where the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands crashed together millions of years ago. Go for a short walk and truly experience the breathtaking Highland landscape in all its glory. Your guide will regale you with some of the wonderful histories of the area, and introduce you to the wildlife and what makes Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park such a special place. Next, it's time for the tasty part of the tour, a deliciously smooth Highland Whisky Distillery. Your guide will take you over to Glengoyne Distillery where you will want to take a tour and learn all about “uisge beatha” Gaelic for “water of life”. Hear about the entire whisky-making process and even get to delight your taste buds with a wee dram or two, and you might even want to take home a bottle for a nightcap occasionally. So, after having a wonderful day tour and experiencing a diverse range of what Scotland has to offer, your guide will wish you farewell and take you back to Glasgow for you to continue your Great Scottish Adventure. The Stirling Castle, Whisky Distillery, and Loch Lomond guided day tour may be explored in reverse.

From Balloch: Stirling Castle, Whisky & Loch Lomond Bus Tour

7. From Balloch: Stirling Castle, Whisky & Loch Lomond Bus Tour

Encompass a visit to Stirling Castle, Glencoyne Distillery, and the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond all in a bus tour from Balloch. Immerse yourself in Scottish history, flavors, and nature all while learning about the country's long and rich history from your local guide. Sit back and relax on your bus ride to your first stop: Stirling Castle — one of the most historic castles in Scotland. Besieged by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746 during the Jacobite Uprising, the castle has connections to Mary Queen of Scots and swapped hands between the Scots and the English during the Wars of Independence. Walk through the castle's historic walls and learn all about what makes it so significant. Then stretch your legs on a short hike in the iconic and dramatic Highlands of Scotland. Explore Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and hear all about the Highland boundary fault line and how this dramatic landscape was created millions of years ago. Listen as your guide shares stories of history, legends, wildlife, and explains why this area of Scotland is such a special location. Next, quench your thirst with the “water of life” and head to Glengoyne Distillery where you have the freedom to enjoy a guided Whisky distillery tour and see how Scotch whisky is produced. You can even sample a wee dram or two before heading back to Balloch.

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What people are saying about Glengoyne Distillery

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 575 reviews

Our tour guide David was absolutely great! He was a hoot, and very knowledgeable about scotch and the Glengoyne brand. With my husband being a well-versed scotch drinker, and myself not scotch experienced at all, he did a great job of providing the right information to help bridge the gap. The guided tasting with the paired gourmet chocolates was great! To be honest, I was worried about it because I do not drink hard liquor typically. But I was very happy for a couple reasons: 1) Glengoyne uses no peat! 2) the chocolates helped take the edge off. 3) David's instruction helped me taste the flavors rather than just the alcohol. We were extremely glad to have signed up for this tour. Just be well prepared for your travel up to the distillery if you have not rented a car. The taxi ride is expensive but only about 40 minutes from Glasgow, but the buses only run every hour from the train stop in Milngavie, so if you miss the train like we did, you may be in a tough spot!

There were many last minute cancellations by others who had booked the tour, due to which we landed up only being 3 members (another couple and me). Our tour guide, Allen, was phenomenal! Despite being a small group, he was very interactive and enthusiastic, giving us trivia along the way. We even made pit stops to take pictures at some beautiful spots. Allen went an extra step to walk us around Loch Lomond, while sharing local tales and history. Scotland is so scenic and serene, you will fall in love with the place! I would highly recommend buying entry tickets to both the castle and the distillery as it's a worthy experience. - The lunch break is by the Loch Lomond, and the only restaurant there has super slow service which doesn't leave you much time to explore the Loch. I would recommend skipping the restaurant and picking something on-the-go from the cafes.

Our driver Pete made the experience. Kept us informed of history areas and common bits of information. The Castle information was lovely, but the tour inside felt very commercialized. Loch Lomond was awesome as was the whistler.

It was interesting to learn about making whiskey and the brand itself. Good memories

So worth it! If Gill is your guide you will have an amazing time.