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From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

Departing Edinburgh at 9:30 AM, your tour takes you west past Stirling to Glengoyne distillery. Here you will be introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. From here, you take a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond for a tasty pub lunch and the chance to sample some local beer. After lunch it is recommended to take a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch before heading towards the second distillery of the day. Deanston Distillery is a converted cotton mill on the banks of the River Teith has many interesting features and produces some unique whisky flavours. After a relaxed afternoon visit here you return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavors of single malt whisky fresh in your mind. You will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:15 PM.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

2. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

As you drive north from Edinburgh on this 9-hour excursion you’ll marvel at the engineering miracle of the Forth Railway Bridge. Then, as you travel through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart, and explain his link to the area you're passing through. Your first stop is the city of Stirling, where you'll have ample time to visit the stunning castle (admission not included) or enjoy a walk along the atmospheric, ancient streets that surround it. You'll then have the opportunity to visit one of Scotland's best known distilleries, where you’ll learn how they make their whisky and get a dram of their Highland Single Malt Whisky (optional extra). The tour route takes you past Loch Lubnaig and then through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, home of the Highland rogue Rob Roy. Stopping at some of the best view points, you’ll be able to take in the view from the An Ceann Mor platform at Inveruglus and then walk the shore of Scotland’s biggest loch at Luss.

From Glasgow: Loch Lomond and Whisky Full-Day Tour

3. From Glasgow: Loch Lomond and Whisky Full-Day Tour

Meet your guide in Glasgow and travel the short distance towards Loch Lomond, one of the largest lochs in Scotland. Stop on the southern shore of the loch, where you can choose to join a 1-hour boat cruise and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and castles. Those who wish to remain on dry land can admire the stunning landscape from the shore. The next stop is in the picturesque conservation village of Luss. Walk around the center and take photos of quaint cottages, or stroll along a little beach on the bank of Loch Lomond and admire the view of Ben Lomond. There will be plenty of time for you to enjoy lunch here. After a day filled with mountain air, lochs, and forests, travel back to Glasgow’s Clydeside Whisky Distillery. Located in the famous Queen’s Dock, this state-of-the-art distillery brings the production of single malt back to the city. Take a tour and see how this whiskey is distilled from grain to glass. If you’re not a whiskey fan, your guide can drop you off at Buchanan Bus Station earlier, so you can explore the city’s vibrant bars and music venues.

From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

4. From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Edinburgh and climb into a private car or minivan to set off on your customizable tour. The route can be changed according to your personal interests and what you would like to see. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops throughout the journey. Venture into the Scottish Highlands and be blown away by the scenery, highland cattle, and castles that are older than some countries. Visit the graves of some of the most famous Scots who ever lived, namely Rob Roy McGregor.  Make a stop at the world-famous Deanston Whiskey Distillery, where you will have the option of touring the distillery or enjoying a tasting. Savor a sip of the 18-year-old single malt which comes thoroughly recommended.  If your feeling brave enough, have the chance to try haggis in one of the famous Scottish Gastropubs. Alternatively, have lunch in Deanston Distillery or the villages of Doune or Callander. Spend more time visiting the Scottish countryside or make a stop at Doune Castle - the choice is yours! Finally, return to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Stirling Castle, Whisky and Scenic Scotland from Edinburgh

5. Stirling Castle, Whisky and Scenic Scotland from Edinburgh

Head out from Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile for a drive along the Forth Valley to Stirling Castle. On the way you'll stop to see the spectacular Kelpies, which are 30-foot-high metal horse sculptures erected at the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Arrive at Stirling Castle and have 90 minutes to tour the castle’s great halls, dungeons and narrow wynds or visit Stirling's Old Town, before you continue on to the Highlands. Experience the Mountains, Lochs and Glens of the beautiful Trossachs, and see Loch Lomond, considered by many to be the bonniest in Scotland. At Balmaha you can take a leisurely stroll along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. If you’re feeling energetic, take the high level millennium path for spectacular views across the whole expanse of the Loch. After lunch in the village of Aberfoyle, you'll take a short nature/fores walk to see the Little Fawn waterfall, before stopping to see some Scottish Highland cattle. Visit Loch Katrine, stepping into Sir Walter Scott’s poem, The Lady of the Lake, inspired by this beautiful place.  Afternoon Option 1: Arrive at Deanston Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Take a 45-minute tour of the working distillery. Experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with an opportunity to taste the whisky. Afternoon Option 2: Your other option is to visit the nearby Doune Castle, dating from the 14th century, and a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. You'll have 45 minutes to tour the castle if you'd prefer this option to the Whisky Distillery Tour. Depart Deanston Distillery/Doune Castle for the trip back to Edinburgh, arriving 18:30.

Berriedale: Moorilla Wine Tutoring and Tasting

6. Berriedale: Moorilla Wine Tutoring and Tasting

Learn some tips on the finer points of decanting and wine tasting. For this introduction to Moorilla’s wines, you’ll begin with an informative private stroll to the vineyard, escorted by one of Moorilla’s resident wine-savants. Venture to the underground wine bunker for a comprehensive tasting of the Moorilla range, including wines from their Praxis, Muse, and Cloth Label series. Enjoy any extra interesting wines currently pouring, all decanted into crystal glassware. To say goodbye, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of wine from the Muse or Praxis series, as well as a 15% discount on any purchases made from the cellar door on the day of your tour.

Isle of Arran Adventure: 3-Day Small Group Tour from Glasgow

7. Isle of Arran Adventure: 3-Day Small Group Tour from Glasgow

Marvel at the wild and windswept scenery of Scotland’s west coast on a relaxed 3-day sightseeing tour, traveling by small minibus for a more intimate and personalized experience. You will spend the night on the Island of Arran, one of Scotland’s largest and most beautiful off-shore landscapes. Discover Neolithic standing stones, ruined castles, artisan craft shops, and microbreweries. Cross the famous Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass, learn about Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns at his birthplace, and enjoy country walks in Culzean Country Park. Day 1: Depart Glasgow at 10.00 and travel south west, where you can visit Whitelee Wind Farm, Europe’s largest wind farm generating enough energy to power 180,000 homes. Travel into Ayrshire to visit Culzean Castle, associated with the Kennedy family since the 14th century. Enjoy its dramatic cliff top setting, fine furniture, and beautiful architecture by the famous architect Robert Adam. Enjoy the walks in Culzean Country Park (entrance fee), with nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and paths through majestic woodlands and secluded ponds. There is a café for lunch, or you may wish to have a picnic in the castle grounds. After lunch, head into the heart of Burns Country and learn about Scotland’s national poet. Continue to his birthplace in Alloway and discover many of the places mentioned in his poems and songs. Stop at the redeveloped visitor center to find out more about this remarkable man. Continue to Ardrossan to catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. Arrive in Brodick, the largest village on the island, with stunning views of the imposing Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Brodick for the night. Day 2: Known as “Scotland in Miniature,” Arran is alive with wildlife, rugged countryside, beaches, pubs, restaurants, and cottage industries. There are many options for your day, depending on the weather and the groups interest. Your driver will arrange the best day for you. Explore the mountainous north, including Goatfell, believed to mean “Mountain of Wind.” Go to the village of Corrie and neighbouring Sannox to find some of the nicest beaches on the island. Discover the ruins of Lochranza Castle, and visit Arran Distillery, one of the last remaining independent distilleries in Scotland. See some of the stone circles and standing stones of the Neolithic and early Bronze Age. Travel south through the harbor villages of Blackwaterfoot, Sliddery, and Kildonan, stopping at the Arran Cheese Shop to taste local cheeses, or the family-owned Arran Aromatics to purchase bath products made only from natural ingredients. Marvel at Brodick Castle, and sample the beers of Arran Brewery, a microbrewery located in the shadow of the imposing red sandstone castle. Day 3: Today, return to the mainland via the small ferry that runs between Lochranza and Claonaig. The 30-minute crossing takes you to the lush green landscape of the Kintyre Penninsula, where you will travel the coastal road to the charming fishing village of Tarbert on the narrowest strip of land between the 2 bodies of water. In the past, ships would dock in one loch before their loads were carried across the peninsula to the other loch, where they were reloaded and shipped onwards, thus avoiding the dangerous Mull of Kintyre. Follow Loch Fyne to the whitewashed village of Inveraray, with some free time to explore and have lunch. Continue over the mountain pass “The Rest and Be Thankful.” From here, it’s a short drive to Luss and the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, before returning to Glasgow.

Private Scottish Lowlands Countryside Tour

8. Private Scottish Lowlands Countryside Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your knowledgeable local guide. Drive to Trossachs National Park to take in some of the most breathtaking views in Scotland. See the famous Loch Venachar backed by low, rugged mountains and plenty of sheep. Stop in at the picturesque village of Callander and indulge your fantasies of Scottish countryside life.  Drive on to Blackness Castle, recently featured in the Mary Queen of Scots movie, or Linlithgow Palace, Queen Mary's actual birthplace. Check out Doune Castle (featured in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail) or visit Stirling Castle, the historic site of the Battle of Banockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated King Edward's army. From there, it's a quick journey to the impressive monument built in memory of Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero. Last but not least, a stop at Deanston Distillery to sample the world-famous 18-year-old single malt is not to be missed. Let your guide know what interests you most and be sure to get the most out of your time in Scotland. 

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What people are saying about North East Scotland

What can I say, the day was excellent from start to finish. The tours were so informative and the distillery’s were great. But for me, the day was made possible by the excellent Kevin, our tour guide and bus driver. His knowledge, humour, information, music knowledge and track list just made it fantastic. Rabbies tours are great and having Kevin as a tour guide is the icing on the cake. I will be back and I hope to have Kevin as my tour guide again. Thank you Kevin for an awesome experience, you are a great person.

Good organization and division of the day. The departure point is centrally located and can be easily reached by public transport. Roger was a careful driver and imparted a lot of interesting information. Unfortunately, we were only informed on the trip that the tastings now have to be paid extra - around €18 per person and tasting (2 pieces). You should communicate that beforehand. But otherwise - great!

I took my grandson on this trip and we both loved it. It was so well organised and everything ran smoothly from start to finish This was all down to Ben who was out guide and driver. He knew his stuff and passed it onto us. The mini bus was really comfortable and spacious.

Nice and interesting excursion to two different whiskey distilleries. Good guides at both distilleries, and a good and friendly driver / guide (Mike) on the bus. Recommended!

Our group really enjoyed the tour. Particularly our guide Cameron, he was very knowledgeable, we felt very welcomed to Scotland.