Our Speyside whisky and history tour begins from Inverness with a visit to the Bronze Age burial cairns and standing stones of Clava that date back over 4000 years giving us a fascinating glimpse of the very ancient past of the Highlands. All three cairns are circled by ancient standing stones.
Only a short distance from Clava Cairns is Culloden Battlefield where you explore the dramatic history surrounding Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite campaign through 1745-46. The excellent interactive visitors centre sets the scene of this decisive battle along with the Jacobite story before you embark on a poignant walk through Culloden field.
After an early lunch at the battlefield cafe we travel to Forres, home to Benromach - Speyside's smallest distillery. This locally owned distillery has just three distillers handcrafting their single malt whisky. Here we recommend you enjoy a tutored tasting (no tour) of four Benromach malts.
Leaving Benromach we continue through the heart of Speyside towards the Glenlivet distillery on the edge of the Cairngorms national park. Here you take a Glenlivet classic tour that includes a cask strength tasting in the warehouse followed by a 15 and 18 year old tasting in their dramming room.
Leaving Speyside we travel back through wonderful scenery and enjoy the stunning views of the East Highlands on our return to Inverness.
Visit Loch Ness - At the northern end of Loch Ness there is a wonderful view looking down the loch from the pebble beach at Dores. For this option the tour is extended to approx. 10 hours for an additional charge of £40 per tour.
Please note that Benromach is a tasting stop only and we do not take a distillery tour there. Due to timings we have an early lunch (12pm) at Culloden on this tour.
During the summer months most distilleries have a ‘silent season’ when there is no whisky production for a number of weeks. Distillery tours still operate but without production in the background. 2017 dates for silent season for Glenlivet where from 11th June to 24th July. Please note that 2018 dates should be relatively similar but are subject to change by the distilleries.
Please note that this tour is not suitable for children (under 18s).