Speyside Whisky Tour inc. Culloden Battlefield
A wonderful combination of history, scenery and whisky!
Our Speyside whisky and history tour begins from Inverness with a visit to the Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Standing Stones. Dating back over 4000 years, this grouping of burial cairns, rings and standing stones gives us a fascinating glimpse of the very ancient past of the Scottish Highlands.
Only a short distance from Clava Cairns is Culloden Battlefield where you explore the dramatic history of the Highland clans, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the Jacobite uprisings. The excellent interactive visitors centre sets the scene of this decisive battle and the Jacobite story before you embark on a poignant walk through Culloden field to the clan grave markers (including such famous clans as the Frasers, Macdonalds, Mackintoshes and Camerons).
After an early lunch at the battlefield cafe, we head east towards the grounds of Brodie Castle, home of the wonderful Rodney Pictish Stone. This class II Pictish stone (8-9th century, highly decorated stones with Pictish symbols and Christian imagery) includes a very striking Pictish beast illustration. The afternoon takes us to a local 'hidden gem', the Benromach Speyside whisky distillery where you enjoy a tutored tasting (no tour) of up to three Benromach malts.
• BENROMACH Tastings from £3 per dram (no tour)
Tastings from £3 per dram (no tour)
We then continue further into Speyside for a late afternoon visit to Glenlivet where you take a distillery tour that includes a dram from a cask in the warehouse followed by two more tastings in their dramming room.
• GLENLIVET £15 pp for 1¼ hour tour & 3 tasting drams
£15 pp for 1¼ hour tour & 3 tasting drams
Leaving Speyside we travel back through wonderful scenery and enjoy the stunning views of the East Highlands on our return to Inverness.
Tour Option - Shorten Culloden visit and add in a tasting lunch at Glenfiddich or Macallan
Should you prefer just to have a guided walk of Culloden Battlefield and not visit the exhibition centre we would have time for a late lunch stop at either Glenfiddich distillery Malt Barn cafe where you can also enjoy whisky tastings or the Macallan distillery cafe followed by tastings in their stunning bar. Please request in advance.
Private Tour Price (per tour)
Janaury to December: £390
Depart Inverness 9am
(approx. 9½ hours)