The independence of an individual Whisky Tour – car(e)-free!
Dates guaranteed every day for all booking categories
Our daily guaranteed tour programme offers you an exquisite cocktail of possibilities including whisky, freedom of travel throughout Scotland, the Highlands, the comfort and style of travel by train in a programme that you can tailor to your specific wishes! 9-day journey, 2 different accommodation categories and individual flights to and from Edinburgh, with transfers possible from other airports.
If you fancy an individual whisky tour through Scotland, but would rather do it without the questionable adventure of driving after a “wee” dram, then we have a better suggestion for you. For us, driving a car and enjoying a whisky don’t go together. Not only could this mix be dangerous but also, Scotland has an extremely low drink-driving limit, lower than England and Wales with control checks even in the Highlands. Whisky is part of the Scottish way of life and needs to be enjoyed in peace and style, far away from busy roads and traffic. Travelling through Scotland by train offers a comfortable and romantic way of experiencing stunning landscapes and nature’s riches. You will experience Scotland and the Scots while refining your whisky palate!
You won’t have to constantly pack and unpack bags, as your trip is organised into four two-night stays. Depending on your chosen accommodation category, you will stay in lovely, personal B&B’s, guesthouses or small hotels. You will enjoy hearty breakfasts and/or several course dinners.
Imposing viaducts and gigantic masterpieces of Scottish engineering such as the famous Forth Bridge or the new Queensferry Crossing will amaze you. Delve into the endless expanse and beauty of the Highlands and discover impressive monuments of Scottish history as you follow the network of rails through hills and dales of breath-taking beauty. Let yourself be mesmerised by the atmosphere, as fortresses and castles slowly appear through the rising mist, while enjoying the renowned Scottish “water of life”!
This programme for an unforgettable visit to Scotland includes a tour of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, plus a rich variety of cultural activities, ranging from whisky distilleries, castles, romantic fishing villages, wool weaving mills and other interesting sights in small, cosy Highland towns. We will provide you with a detailed tour description. Here, you will find simplified updated timetables and travel connections as well as extensive descriptions of possible activities for every day of your trip. These will allow you to create your daily programme individually and spontaneously, just as the fancy takes you.
One special feature of Scotland is undoubtedly its whisky with more than 2000 different whisky blends and roughly 120 pure single malts. You will experience this fascinating topic in its most exquisite varieties, discovering the secrets of the classic flavours on special tours through hand-selected distilleries. Included in the price of this whisky discovery tour by rail are whisky highlights such as the classic Oban Single Malt on the west coast, the mild Glen Moray on the famous Malt Whisky Trail and Blair Athol in the heart of the Highlands where you can taste a Single Malt crafted from the water of Allt Dour and a significant contributor to Bell’s Blend, one of the most popular blended whiskies in Scotland. The Moulin Brewery will show you what the Scots do with the barley that doesn’t go into the Whisky. The tour ends with a visit to the renowned Scotch Malt Whisky Society. If you like, focus your trip entirely on Whisky!
Try more whiskies, directly from the source in the Highlands or on the Islands:
Your flexible tour programme allows for numerous additional distillery visits, including Tobermory Single Malt Distillery, Ben Nevis Distillery, Glenfiddich Distillery, Balvenie Distillery, Macallan Distillery, the famous Speyside Cooperage, Scotland’s historical Dallas Dhu Whisky distillery with its whisky museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Edradour (Scotland’s smallest distillery), Blair Athol Distillery and the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. Entry fees to these attractions are usually moderate. By the end of your discovery tour, you will be a true whisky connoisseur.
The trains all have open-plan carriages with large windows and comfortable seats, normally in double rows or single seats facing rearward as well as forward. There are many tables for four people. All trains have drinks and snacks available, generally served from a small trolley, which is pushed through the compartments.
Arrival in Edinburgh or via other airports
Airport transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can start your sightseeing tour today. You will discover all the highlights of the Old Town and the New Town comfortably from the top of a “hop-on–hop off ” bus in a rhythm that suits you. You will be able to use the bus as your means of transport for 24 hours. Edinburgh is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe where most of the sights are within walking distance.
Take the “hop on–hop off” bus. Discover St. Giles Cathedral, the impressive Botanical Gardens, or follow the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, when exploring the Royal Holyrood Palace. Between the sights and the shopping, you can relax in friendly cafes and watch the lively throngs of passers-by. You might wish to spend the afternoon visiting Edinburgh Castle or the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. In the evening, it makes sense to go on a “Pub Crawl” to some of the many pubs in Edinburgh. Or how about a historical ghost-tour through the darkest alleyways of the medieval Old Town? Historians claiming to be Dr Jekyll himself or other long since deceased Edinburgh celebrities will personally lead the way.
The start of your Highlands Whisky adventure in style
By train, you will travel to the cultural city of Glasgow. Stay here for a couple of hours or continue directly on the West Highland Railway Line to the beautiful coastal town, Oban, followed by a fascinating tour of the Oban Single Malt Distillery including a whisky tasting experience (also possible on Day 4).
Oban or island trip (supplementary fee) to Mull and Iona
Today, you will have a lot of time for relaxing in the pretty town of Oban or for strolls along the picturesque west coast. One thing you shouldn’t give a miss is a visit to one of the fish restaurants by the harbour. Otherwise, the small booths on the pier sell delicious fish snacks including lobster or smoked salmon to eat right there and then. In the Oban Fishery, you can find out a lot of interesting facts on salmon farming and fishing.
Very active travellers will take the one hour boat crossing to the island of Mull and from there on to the island of Iona, the ‘birthplace of Christianity” in Britain, or visit the colourful island town Tobermory and the Tobermory Single Malt Distillery. How about spending the evening in Oban with a dram (meaning a small measure of whisky) with a milder flavour? Or do you feel ready to try one of the peaty Islay whiskies? You will find a great variety of both at the hotel bar or in one of the nice local pubs. The bar manager will be happy to advise you. Slainte!
The Western Highlands, the Scotland of the movies
One of the most stunning railway journeys in world! The West Highland Railway Line is the “Road to the Isles” across the wild and romantic Rannoch Moor all the way to the Atlantic coast near Fort William. You can either stay in the Highland town Fort William for a couple of hours or visit the Ben Nevis Distillery. Even without whisky, you may experience some very spiritual peculiarities on the next part of the trip when you enter the beautiful Great Glen with its main attraction, the mythical Loch Ness with its monster Nessie. You will ride by bus through the Great Glen to Inverness before continuing your journey by train to Elgin and the unique Malt Whisky Trail. Today may very well be the day where you will also try the Scottish national dish Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. If you don’t know yet what that is, then let yourself be surprised! A mild whisky or a rich ale goes very well with the Haggis! +
On the Malt Whisky Trail
Today after another ample breakfast, you will experience the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail near Elgin in the stunning and charming Speyside area. You will visit the friendly informal distillery Glen Moray including a tasting. The exquisite Johnston’s of Elgin cashmere weaving mill is located nearby if you would like a visit. Besides viewing a very interesting permanent exhibition on wool production, you can also purchase exclusive wool products directly from the manufacturer. We can also recommend a visit to the ruins of Elgin Cathedral and Elgin Museum, one of the oldest museums in Great Britain. If however you wish to shape your day more around the topic of whisky, we can suggest a visit to a traditional cooperage where even today former Spanish sherry vats are reassembled by hand. Within walking distance, you will find no less than three fine distilleries, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Macallan, while taking a comfortable walk on the famous Speyside Way. Tonight, relax with a few local ales. This Scottish take on beer, which even comes in different flavours such as “Heather Ale” and is usually ordered in pint glasses. One pint is a little bit more than half a litre. You can also order “a half pint”. That way, you will be able to try several! Most of them have an alcohol content of under 4%. Should you wish to prepare for the next day, order a Dalwhinnie, Glenturret, Edradour or a Bells, for you will be passing their distilleries tomorrow.
From the Malt Whisky Trail to the heart of the Highlands
Today, embark on a train journey leading you through the lovely scenery of the Central Highland mountains, waterfalls and lakes. On the way it is possible to visit the distilleries Dallas Dhu and Dalwhinnie. We recommend a few hours stop in a small highland town. Maybe you will be tempted to take a short stroll through Inverness and along the river Ness? A meal of Fish and Chips is a great complement! A successful afternoon around Pitlochry could consist of a short walk along Loch Faskally to the picturesque River Tummel and the Pass of Killiecrankie. After dinner, sink into a comfortable chair close to the fireplace in one of Piltochry’s cosy pubs and enjoy a Single Malt with a drop of water, no ice of course! The bartender will give you an appreciative nod and understand that you clearly know a few things about the “Spirit of Scotland”. And if, on top of that, you have ordered a connoisseur-brand, such as Macallan, you may soon even find yourself in conversation with the locals.
Whisky, beer and castles
Today, you visit Blair Athol and taste the mellow deep-toned Single Malt produced from the water of the Allt Dour burn. Afterwards, at the nearby micro-brewery, you could taste what the Scots do with barley when it is not being used to make whisky. The rustic brewery serves food and drink and the beer is delicious. Order a hearty meal to go with it. Take the afternoon off or visit the impressive Blair Castle with its park and gardens. To round off your eventful visit, we recommend traditional Cream Tea in the castle restaurant. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into a Miss Marple movie! On a leisurely stroll to the famous salmon ladder in the evening you may well already be reflecting on the finest moments of your trip, or be planning the activities for the last day of your Scotland journey.
Journey to Edinburgh and departure or follow-up programme
Depending on your departure time, you may be able to experience one final highlight in Edinburgh by visiting the traditional and truly Scottish clubhouse of the unique Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The whisky served here cannot be found in any other shop! The Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile will also be open and by this time you could ask for a job as a guide, for you will have qualified as a True Whisky Connoisseur!
Route: Edinburgh, Oban, Loch Ness, Elgin/Dufftown, Pitlochry
Possible Whisky visits: Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Distilleries: Oban Single Malt, Tobermory Single Malt, Glenfiddich, Balvenie Single Malt, Speyside cooperage, Dalwhinnie Single Malt, Edradour (Scotland’s smallest distillery), Blair Atholl Single Malt, and more distilleries plus other Whisky highlights.
Guided tours can also be arranged.
Private travel expert at airport & Edinburgh: EUR 180,- per day
- 2020 DATES for the INDIVIDUAL Whisky railway adventure tour:
Every day guaranteed, Sunday 1st of March – Sunday 22nd of November 2020, other dates on request, including the winter months.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
All three packages include the following: 8 nights in room with bath/shower and WC, 8 hearty breakfasts, all train, ferry and bus journeys in the itinerary, Edinburgh City Tour, maps, vouchers and comprehensive information package for clients, airport transfers by bus, transfers from station to hotel whenever the hotel is more than 3 minutes on foot from the station, 24 hour telephone service.
Per person in double/twin room:
Package A: Overnight with breakfast in mid-range hotels, seven multiple course dinners (not on Day 3):
01.11. – 31.03.: EUR 1,406
01.04. – 30.06.: EUR 1,512
01.07. – 31.07.: EUR 1,592
01.08. – 31.08.: EUR 1,632
01.09. – 31.10.: EUR 1,512
Single room supplement: EUR 353
Package B: Overnight with breakfast in mid-range hotels:
01.11. – 31.03.: EUR 1,225
01.04. – 30.06.: EUR 1,331
01.07. – 31.07.: EUR 1,411
01.08. – 31.08.: EUR 1,451
01.09. – 31.10.: EUR 1,331
Single room supplement: EUR 353
Package C: Overnight with breakfast in very good Bed and Breakfast establishments:
01.11. – 31.03.: EUR 1,165
01.04. – 30.06.: EUR 1,272
01.07. – 31.07.: EUR 1,352
01.08. – 31.08.: EUR 1,392
01.09. – 31.10.: EUR 1,272
Single room supplement: EUR 399
– Reduction for children up to 12 years sharing parents’ room: 50%
– Group discount for small groups of 6 plus on request
– Prices do not include flights
HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN BOOK:
Please contact us for further information, a detailed itinerary and to book:
Telephone: +44 131 287 0000. We will call back immediately!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TOUR FOR MORE THAN 9 DAYS?
You can easily combine this self-guided railway tour with our other tours
– Walking tours:
Self-guided walking tour through Scotland by train
– Self Guided Scotland tours: