3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Whisky Tour

3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Whisky Tour

3 Day Orkney and North Highlands Whisky Tour

A stunning three day whisky tour from Inverness through the North Highlands to the heart of Orkney visiting Highland Park, Scapa, Old Pulteney, Balblair, Clynelish and Glenmorangie whisky distilleries. And don’t forget the wonderful Highland scenery on the journey, along with the breath-taking ancient history of Orkney.

Day 1 - Our three day Highland whisky tour begins from Inverness with a drive along the stunning North Highland coastline to Balblair which has just six distillers handcrafting their single malt whisky. After a distillery tour you enjoy a tutored tasting of two Balblair vintages. Leaving Balbalir we head to the famous Glenmorangie distillery for tastings at their visitors centre. Following Glenmorangie, we have a late lunch at Dornoch before our mid-afternoon visit to Clynelish distillery for tastings. We then drive to Scrabster where we take the evening ferry on a 1½ hour journey across to Orkney, arriving in Kirkwall around 9pm for our overnight stop.

   BALBLAIR                          £10 pp for 1 hour tour & 2 drams

£10 pp for 1 hour tour & 2 drams

   GLENMORANGIE             Tastings from £4 per dram

Tastings from £4 per dram

   CLYNELISH                        Tastings from £10 pp for 3 drams

£10 pp for 3 drams

Day 2 - A full day on the Orkney mainland begins with a morning tour and tastings at Scapa distillery and ends with a great Viking Heroes Tour at Highland Park distillery. Between both distillery tours we visit Orkney Brewery for a tasting lunch and add in a little of the amazing history in Orkney including the option to visit Skara Brae, a 5000 year old Neolithic village settlement, the standing stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.

   SCAPA                              £12 pp for 1 hour tour & 2 drams

£12 pp for 1 hour tour & 2 drams

   HIGHLAND PARK           Viking Heroes Tour - £20 pp for 1¼ hour tour & 4 drams

Viking Heroes Tour - £20 pp for 1¼ hour tour & 4 drams

Day 3 - Before leaving Kirkwall we have a little time to explore the town before heading to Stromness for our mid-morning ferry across the Pentland Firth to Scrabster on the Scottish mainland. In the early afternoon we visit Old Pulteney Highland distillery in Wick for a tour and tastings before our journey south back towards Inverness.

   OLD PULTENEY              £10 pp for 1 hour tour & 2 drams

£10 pp for 1 hour tour & 2 drams

Tour Notes
We have some flexibility with the itinerary over the three days and it can be adapted (if possible) to suit specific requests regarding distilleries or historical attractions.

For most travel dates in early May and September, an adjusted itinerary is required to accommodate ferry times resulting in an early start (5.30am) on Day 3 - there is the option to stay in overnight cabins on the ferry (rather than a hotel) to avoid the very early start. Please contact for further infortmation.

Distilleries have a silent season when there is no whisky production for a number of weeks (generally during the summer months). Distillery tours still operate but without production in the background.

Advance payment is required for most distillery tour fees.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for children (under 18s).

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:    £1700

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 9.30am
Return Inverness
(3 Days)

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes, a driver/guide and ferry tickets but exclude your accommodation costs, distillery tour and tasting fees, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Kirkwall (Day 1 and 2) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat in Kirkwall.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally very reliable in the summer months, but delays can very occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations. To date all our tours have crossed over and returned without any significant delays.