Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

A Scottish Whisky Experience (10 days)

Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Aug 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel None

Arrival Edinburgh


Upon arrival at Edinburgh airport you are met by your Guardian Angel and privately transferred to your hotel.  Your GA will assist with check-in and run through your itinerary.  The remainder of today is at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or maybe start exploring this wonderful city independently.

Day 2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Edinburgh


The capital city of Scotland is undoubtedly one of the most dramatically situated cities in Europe; this setting has had a profound effect on its historical development and today your expert local guide will unravel these themes on a half day sightseeing tour (4 hours) by private vehicle.  The focal point of the city is Edinburgh Castle, a royal fortress that symbolises the Scottish nation. The Royal Palace is home to the 'Honours of Scotland', the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the British Isles. From the impressive military installations there are stunning views of the city.  The Royal Mile stretches down on from castle through the 'Old Town' of Edinburgh, at the heart of which is St. Giles Cathedral. This fascinating gothic church is topped by a fine medieval spire in the shape of a crown. At the foot of the Royal Mile is Holyrood Palace, the Queen's Official Residence in Scotland. If no member of the royal family is staying, you will tour the staterooms that are noted for their ornate plasterwork ceilings, and visit the historic apartments in which Mary, Queen of Scots resided. The palace's neighbour is the much more recent Scottish Parliament Building; its striking contemporary designs are in eye-catching contrast to the classical style of the palace


Optional extra:

Scotland is the home of whisky, and you might want to participate in an optional private whisky tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. An expert on Scotch whisky guides you through a tutored tasting of up to five malt whiskies chosen from distilleries in various regions of Scotland.

Day 3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

St Andrews and Glamis Castle


The main route to the north of Edinburgh starts by crossing the Forth Bridge. On this full day excursion (8 hours) with a driver-guide visiting some of the best-known places in Scotland, you will start by crossing this bridge, from here admire the Victorian railway bridge, an amazing feat of engineering. Take the highway north past Perth, the historic bridging point over the River Tay, and then continue into the wide rural valley called Strathmore. This countryside is noted for soft fruit production, in particular for raspberries that feature prominently in many Scottish desserts. The Earl of Strahmore lives at Glamis Castle, a turreted medieval fantasy that was the childhood home of the Queen Mother. The staterooms of the castle display many treasures of the Bowes-Lyon family; and like all Scottish castles, there are many ghosts whose presence is often felt!  From here the road passes south over the Sidlaw Hills to Dundee, the city forever associated orange marmalade. It stands on the north end of the Tay Bridge, over which you will travel to into the 'Kingdom' of Fife, a peninsula that extends out into the North Sea. On one of the easternmost parts of the coast is St. Andrews, the town known throughout the world as the home of golf. Stop outside the iconic Royal and Ancient Clubhouse to see the 1st tee and 18th green of the world-famous Old Course. There is however much more to this historic town; in the Middle Ages, St. Andrews was the ecclesiastical and educational capital of Scotland. At the east end of the town are the evocative ruins of the largest cathedral ever built in Scotland, which was gradually dismantled by the townsfolk following the Reformation. The oldest university in Scotland is still very much an active institution and the faculty buildings are present throughout the town. It was here that Prince William first spied his future bride, Catherine Middleton. Return to Edinburgh through the agricultural countryside of Fife and back over the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh.

Day 4
Inverness, United Kingdom
Culloden House Breakfast

Edinburgh to Inverness via Perth


Leaving Edinburgh, head north with your driver-guide (8 hrs) into the Highlands of Scotland.  Start by crossing the Forth Bridge, admire the adjacent Victorian railway bridge, an amazing feat of engineering. Take the highway north past Perth, the historic bridging point over the River Tay, and then follow this river upstream to the quaint town of Dunkeld, preserved by the National Trust for Scotland; the once extensive cathedral buildings sit gracefully on the river bank. Your route takes you into the heart of the Grampian Mountains where you will soon encounter evidence of the most important industry in the region - malt whisky! Take a tour of the Edradour Distillery, the smallest of its kind in Scotland, to see how craftsmen turn barley into the 'water of life', with a sample of the wares at the end. Nearby is the picturesque town of Pitlochry  that welcomes visitors to the Highlands of Scotland; it lies just south of the scenic Pass of Killiecrankie where Jacobite forces were victorious over troops loyal to King William in a battle fought in 1689. On the other side of the pass is the romantic site of the white turreted Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Athol. A tour of the castle is a fascinating insight into the history of the major Highland clans; you may see representatives of the Athol Highlanders, the duke's own private army. The final part of the journey passes through some spectacular countryside including the peaks of the Cairngorms.

Day 5
Inverness, United Kingdom
Culloden House Breakfast, Dinner

The Speyside Whisky Trail


Your driver-guide will be avalaible for a full day excursion into Speyside, the area to the east of Inverness.  Home to half of all the whisky distilleries in Scotland.  The pure water of the  streams and the superior quality of the mountain peat has given rise to the term ' Speyside Malt' to the whiskies produced here.  Your route will take in part of the fabled Whisky Trail that runs around many of the best-known distilleries in the region.  You stop at the romantic Glenlivet distillery for a tour of the installations.  At Glenfiddich Distillery, arguably the home of the best known of all single malts, enjoy a tour which includes the on site bottling plant.  Other well-known brands include Macallan and Strathisla; the latter produces much of the spirit for the well-known Chivas Regal blend.   If you have a particular interest in a particular whisky then do mention it to your driver-guide who can then adapt the route to try and include a visit.

Day 6
Inverness, United Kingdom
Culloden House Breakfast

North of Inverness


Your driver-guide will take you on an excursion to the north of Inverness, home of some of the Highland malt whisky distilleries.  You will follow the coast to the Moray Firth to Tain where you will stop to visit the Glenmorangie Distillery.  Here, one of the highest regarded of all single malt whiskies is produces.  You will also visit the Clynelish Distillery in Brora, one of the most northerly of all the distilleries on the Scottish mainland.  


Continue to Dunrobin Castle, the fairytale home of the Earls of Sutherland.  Built to look like a French chateau, this castle is one of the most impressive examples of Scottish Baronial architecture.  Return to your hotel from here.

Day 7
Inverness, United Kingdom
Culloden House Breakfast

Inverness to Fort William


Making your way to Fort William today, start with a visit the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, site of the lsat battle ever fought on British soil; here the Jacobit armies of Bonnie Prince Charlie were routed by government forces after the attempt to seize the throne had failed.  Drive through the town of Inverness as you head southwest of the city to visit Loch Ness, one of the largest lakes in Great Britain and reputedly home to the celebrates monster!  You will stop to visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle that dominates the part of the lake where the majority of monster sightings are said to have taken place.  Continue to your hotel from here.

Day 8
Inverness, United Kingdom
Culloden House Breakfast

Isle of Skye


Explore some of Scotland’s favourite sites and undulating landscapes, informed by the stimulating commentary of your driver-guide, as you set out on your full-day excursion (9 hours) that unveils the most iconic sites in the Highlands. Leaving Fort William you pass the weathered slopes of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain. Follow the long straight valley called the 'Great Glen' to Fort Augustus, the town that sits and the southern end of Loch Ness; don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for any sightings of Nessie along the way! Head over the mountains to reveal the Valley of Glen Sheil below; following this picturesque valley will lead you to Scotland’s West Coast. Along the way, stop by the romantic Eilean Donan Castle in Loch Duich, used as a setting for 007 himself, in the James Bond blockbuster “The World is Not Enough”. Crossing the bridge into the Isle of Skye you will notice the road signs written in Gaelic and, weather permitting, take in the idyllic views of the Cuillin Hills in the centre of the island. Stop to absorb the Gaelic heritage at the Clan Donald Center before returning to Mallaig on the mainland by Ferry. A charming drive along the ‘Road to the Isles’ leads you to the Glenfinnan monument, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. The Glenfinnan rail viaduct, familiar as a bridge over which Harry Potter travelling in the Hogwarts Express travelled provides the backdrop to this scene. Return from here to your hotel in Fort William.

Day 9
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Fort William to Edinburgh via Inverary


With hills and forests, the landscapes of Argyll are one of the gentlest areas of the Scottish Highlands while still representing the grandeur of the region. Discover the region on a full day of touring (9 hours) with your driver-guide.  Drive through the Pass of Brander underneath Ben Cruachan, the mountain that has been hollowed out in a hydro-electric scheme, to Loch Awe where the land once dominated by the Clan Campbell unfolds infront of you. Cross over to Loch Fyne, a long inlet of the sea. Inveraray Castle home to the Duke of Argyll, the chief of the Campbells sits near the shores; some of impressive interiors are the most richly decorated in Scotland. Later travel around the head of Loch Fyne and then up and over the high mountain pass known as 'Rest and Be Thankful'; from the summit viewpoint there is a panoramic view down the steep-sided valley Glen Croe and the road that leads down to Tarbert. Here the waters of Loch Lomond appear and stretch into the distance. Follow the 'Bonnie Banks' of this fabled stretch of water, the largest inland lake in Great Britain, as it extends out of the Highlands and spills onto the plain of the Central Lowlands where it is peppered with many islands. At the southern end of the lake, turn east and head on the road to Edinburgh.  Those that fancy final a wee dram may wish to stop at the Glengoyne Distillery.

Day 10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Depart Edinburgh


Assisted private transfer to Edinburgh airport.

 

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A 12-day itinerary immersed in the traditions of Scottish Whisky and also taking advantage of the highlights of London.

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For more than 25 years, Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland has provided outstanding journeys for discerning travellers across the United Kingdom. From its central base in the Cotswolds, the company operates an unsurpassed, localised network that allows the company to effortlessly arrange tours across the two regions. Guests enjoy a range of unrivalled benefits, such as Guardian Angels who provide friendship and reassurance and an inspired collection of "Insider Access" experiences such as granting private access to see the iconic Crown Jewels followed by an evening of cocktails and canapés in the Hall of Monarchs.

Insider Tip

The cities of London, Dublin and Edinburgh are wonderful but be sure venture out of the cities during your tour and experience the picturesque and often dramatic countryside of the UK & Ireland.

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Abercrombie & Kent made arrangement for us to have drivers for July 5th, 6th and 7th and to return us to Dublin on the 8th. Although the drivers said they were not from A&K, they had been hired by them and took us to the preplanned sites and tours that we had agreed on. In addition, they (one on the 5th and 6th, another one on the 7th and 8th) included many sites and historical tours of the cities which we visited. Both were excellent drivers and expert guides! They were not, apparently, aware of the agreed to contract with A&K and we did have to pay for admission to all the tours that required fees, but we felt we got so much more from their experience that the cost was well worth what we paid.
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