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This category lists companies offering multi-day tours visiting distilleries and doing tastings. This includes hotels that run tours for guests and which may also have their own whisky menus, sometimes offering 100's of choices.

Some words on spelling
In Scotland the 'water of life' is spelt 'whisky', while in the US it's usually 'whiskey', with the extra 'e'. This seems rather odd as it goes against the tendency of the New World to remove excess letters! But it turns out that the extra 'e' is in fact 'Old World', being the spelling used by the Irish who claim the invention of the brew.

At Travel-quest we're sticking with the 'whisky' spelling when we're talking about tours in the UK, but we may use the extra 'e' when we're referring to US or Irish tours! We might even use 'Scotch' or 'Scotch Whisky' too, but only when talking about a drink that originates in Scotland!







Whisky distillery tours, tasting breaks & holidays


Some ideas for do-it-yourself whisky holidays and tours.

The Malt Whisky Trail
If you don't want to take a tour package you can easily put your own Scottish trip together by using the Malt Whisky Trail website. This is an easy to use site that gives details of opening times, costs, maps and locations for over half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries. From the smallest working distillery in Speyside, to an historic cooperage still making oak casks by traditional methods, and on to World famous distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Cardhu and Glenlivet.

There is also a very useful section on how to taste, covering all angles including the senses, the nosing room (where the tasting is done), glasses (and why a whisky tumbler is no good for tastings), the ideal temperature, and the big question – do you dilute?

Speyside accommodation
The Speyside of the Malt Whisky Trail refers to an area around the river Spey, North East Scotland, which has the highest concentration of Scottish distilleries. It is partly in Moray and partly in Highland region. For somewhere to stay find hotels, guest houses and B&B's via the links.


Whisky festivals
Festivals are another way of enjoying the 'Water of Life', and we're proposing the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival as one of the top events. Offering a host of activities over the 5-day Spring festival, including tours round many local distilleries (including many not normally open). Also opportunities to explore the great outdoors on whisky and wildlife walks, events at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, and Landrover tours discovering Speyside smugglers. Plus single malt sampling, steam trains and ceilidh bands; it's a great way for the whole family to enjoy a whisky themed holiday!

Whisky hotel
Why not combine that with a stay at a whisky hotel, the Craigellachie Hotel of Speyside in the heart of the area. It's Quaich Bar offers an amazing 700 plus whiskies, and tasting sessions are available. See above for more Speyside accommodation.


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uk flag Celtic Legend

based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

website: celticlegend.co.uk

Small group guided 4 or 7-day whisky tours in Scotland, visiting Scottish distilleries from Orkney to Edinburgh. Including tours and tastings to distilleries not normally open to the public.

| whisky tours | Scotland |


uk flag Drumchork Lodge Hotel

based: Ross & Cromarty, Scotland, UK

website: hotelaultbea.com

A real whisky lovers hotel boasting over 500 single malts – one of the World's largest collections. Uniquely the hotel has been awarded the first private distillery licence for over 190 years and offers making and tasting packages.

| whisky tours | Scotland |


uk flag Go Scotland Tours

based: Scotland, UK

website: goscotlandtours.com

Online one-stop-shop for tours in Scotland; offering various tours from the most recommended tour guides in Scotland. Scotland sightseeing tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and selected cruise ship ports. Many different tour types including: coach tours, city breaks, historical, student travel, landscape, whisky tours, film locations and much more.

| sightseeing | escorted tours | tailor made | weekend/short breaks | bus tours/coach holidays | city breaks | shopping | student travel/discounts | historical tours | whisky tours | cinema/film/TV/celebrity | Scotland |


uk flag Shearings Featured Site

based: Greater Manchester, UK

website: Shearings

distillery barrelsA choice of luxury coach holidays with whisky tours and tastings, offering opportunities to visit world-renowned distilleries and sample the local brew. Most tours are based in Scotland and the Islands, and visit Scottish distilleries such as Glengoyne, Famous Grouse and the Royal Lochnager. But you'll also find tours in Ireland, in particular the 'Irish Whiskey Experience', a special whiskey-themed holiday.

| whisky tours | Scotland | Ireland |


uk flag Bourbon Culinary Tours & Events

based: Kentucky, USA

website: bardstown.com/.../...

Vacation trips for people wanting to eat and drink their way across Bourbon country, learning about the brands, heritage and history of Kentucky Bourbon.

| USA |


uk flag Classic Scotland

based: Essex, UK

website: classic-scotland.com/...

Whisky tours and trails across Scotland, packages include tours in Speyside, the Highlands and the Scottish Islands.

| Scotland |


uk flag Serenity Scotland

based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

website: serenityscotland.co.uk/...
Tailor-made 2 to 4-day private distillery tours, discovering single malts right across Scotland.

| Scotland |


uk flag Wild Green Travel

based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

website: wildgreentravel.com/.../...

4-day tour to the Island of Islay off Scotland's West coast. A guided tour around Islay whiskies with tastings right from the barrel!

| Scotland |


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