Scotland's Whisky Trail
Explore Scotland's cities and Highlands and raise a glass to her finest whiskies
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Privately guided tours
- Internal transfers
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
If you’re partial to a dram or two of the finest distilled golden liquid, then this luxury trip is perfect for you. Travel across Scotland as you follow whisky’s trail from field to distillery, to bottle to glass.
Your trip begins in Edinburgh where you’ll visit a local branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and enjoy a tailored tasting session. Then take some time to discover Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s Edinburgh. Visit some of the cafes where she used to write and spot the buildings which inspired places in the books.
You’ll also get to see some of Scotland’s historic castles while travelling through different whisky regions. Then head to Speyside where you will get a taste for the grassy or sweet flavours produced by Scotland’s largest concentration of distilleries. Visit Ballindalloch, another historic estate, which boasts its own distillery, and enjoy a tasting.
Your next stop will be Loch Ness where, even if you don’t spot the elusive monster, you’ll get to admire the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Then steam back into the world of Harry Potter with a ride along the West Coast on the Jacobite Steam Train, which stood in for the Hogwart’s Express in the films. Discover the highlights of the Isle of Skye before taking a tour of its oldest working distillery – Talisker.
On the final leg of your trip, you’ll spend time in Glencoe before stopping at Loch Lomond on the way to the thriving city of Glasgow.
Example Trip Itinerary
Airside meet and greet at Edinburgh airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Edinburgh
Accommodation in Edinburgh
- 240 rooms and suites
- Coffee shop
With five Georgian townhouses dating back to 1775 at its heart, The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been carefully restored to create a well-appointed hotel which retains its local and historic charm. The 240 rooms and suites have been refurbished to reflect the heritage of the building, with luxurious materials like oak, leather, brass, and marble. The colour scheme was inspired by the works of the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. The period features, combined with stylish lighting and intuitive technology, make for a comfortable and convenient retreat. One of the townhouses, which was home to novelist Susan Ferrier, is now The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, where you can feast on modern Scottish cooking. The late-night bar serves up a variety of single malts, as well as local spirits like Edinburgh gin and Scottish vodka. Grab a fresh cuppa as Burr & Co, the hotel’s popular coffee shop.
Explore Scotland's beautiful capital, winding your way through the cobbled streets of the old town; delving into its history at Edinburgh Castle; exploring the Walter Scott monument; and heading down to the waterside at Leith. Head to Calton Hill or climb Arthur's Seat for the best views of the city.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and nicknamed the Athens of the North for its grand Georgian architecture. It’s the New Town that earned the city this sobriquet: its elegant neoclassical terraces were inspired by the buildings of Ancient Greece and though it’s called the New Town, this neighbourhood is already nearly 300 years old.
Edinburgh’s Old Town dominates the city from atop a volcanic outcrop and Edinburgh Castle balances perilously on the edge. The Royal Mile runs down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. The Windsor connections can be seen at a hidden location in the district of Leith, where the Queen’s Royal Yacht Britannia is now docked. Explore Edinburgh’s highlights with your expert guide and discover what makes this city perennially popular.
Visit the Society's 28 Queen Street address with your guide for an introduction to Scotland's most famous tipple. Over 132 distilleries are represented at the Society and your guide will help you navigate the vast array on offer. As you sample different type, you'll learn how the properties and the earth and soil in which each whisky is produced influences its taste.
J.K. Rowling wrote the original Harry Potter stories while living in Edinburgh, making the Scottish capital truly a place of pilgrimage for Potter fans. With an expert local guide, visit the cafes where Rowling used to write and explore Greyfriars Kirkyard, which inspired Tom Riddle’s graveyard in The Goblet of Fire. Edinburgh’s fine architecture is world-renowned and with your guide you’ll also see some of the places that inspired the design of Hogwart’s and Diagon Alley
From high-end department stores to boutiques and exclusive gift shops, spend some time browsing the shops of Edinburgh.
Private transfer to your hotel in the Scottish Lowlands
Accommodation in Scottish Lowlands
- 34 bedrooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Gin bar
- Spa and swimming pool
Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, close to the town of Pitlochry on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, Fonab Castle is a unique mix of old and new. A former 19th century baronial residence, it has been converted to include 12 luxury suites in the castle with a further 18 rooms in an ancillary building connected by a strikingly modern timber and glass structure which also holds a relaxed brasserie restaurant and gin bar. There’s also a highly regarded fine dining restaurant, Sandemans, and a spa with swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
The Lowlands encompass the southern half of Scotland between the Highlands and the English border, along with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. This string of towns and cities along what’s known as the Central Belt between the Firth of Forth and the Clyde are home to most of Scotland’s population and is a region rich with history, culture and grand old architecture. Alongside traditional country pursuits such as fishing and grouse shooting, to which vast estates and stately homes are dedicated to, walking, rock climbing and mountain biking are increasingly popular in the area, the latter thanks to a fabulous network of forest trails across the region. Some of the most famous golf courses in the world can also be found here.
Blair Castle is unlike any other castle in Scotland. Its baronial architecture and beautiful setting in wooded grounds with mountainous backdrop are typical enough, but a couple of accidents of history have set Blair Castle apart. In 1844 Queen Victoria spent three weeks at Blair and during her stay granted the Duke a private army, the Atholl Highlanders, today the only private army in Europe. In more recent times, the castle passed to a branch of the family currently residing in South Africa.
Pitlochry is a bustling town is home to many excellent shops but is perhaps most famous for the intriguing salmon ladder, a construction that allows fish to swim upstream during the breeding season. Nearby, local distilleries retain traditional artisanal production methods while introducing the drink to a new generation of connoisseurs.
Private transfer to your hotel near Loch Ness
Accommodation in Loch Ness
- Seven rooms
- Spa and therapy suite with pre-bookable treatments
- Hot tub and sauna
On the northern shores of the eponymous lake, Loch Ness Lodge is an intimate and luxurious guest house. Owner run, it’s a personable and quiet retreat, well located to explore the northern Highlands. There are seven individually designed rooms with views out across the water, all a contemporary and welcoming take on Scottish luxury. Elegant reception rooms include a cozy lounge and garden terrace, fine settings for delightful afternoon teas, while the sumptuous breakfasts of locally sourced produce in the dining room are a great way to start the day. Staff are on hand to recommend and book restaurants in nearby Inverness for evening meals. With Loch Ness on your doorstep, the crumbling Urquhart Castle, dolphin spotting cruises in Cromarty and Moray Firths, world famous whisky tastings and celebrated golf courses are all within easy reach. There’s also innumerable hikes in the area, excellent mountain biking, fishing and canoeing for the more active.
Whisky is one of Scotland’s most successful exports and with good reason: this famous beverage evokes the spirit of Scotland and nowhere is more intrinsically linked to it than the region of Speyside. Barley is distilled in fresh Highland water, and the region in which it is grown gives a different taste to the final product. In Speyside the whiskies have either a light and grassy or rich and sweet palette and the region has no shortage of producers with largest concentration of distilleries in Scotland based here. Join your guide to learn more about one of Scotland’s finest products.
Ballindalloch Castle is set at the heart of a traditional Highland estate, not far from Inverness on Speyside. The 16th century castle itself is picture perfect, often called the ‘Pearl of the North, and it is perhaps the finest surviving examples of a Scottish Baronial Castle with elegant reception rooms and well-tended gardens. You’ll be hosted for an exclusive tour by Laird and Lady Macpherson-Grant, whose family stewardship dates back to the 15th century. After time to explore the grounds, visit the Estate’s private distillery and end with a whisky tasting accompanied by the Ballindalloch Distillery Host.
Loch Ness is home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster, first reported in 1934. Nessie may have turned out to be fictional, but this corner of Scotland lies at the gateway to some of the country’s most stunning scenery. By volume, it is the largest lake in the British Isles and contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Scotland combined. The loch itself is overlooked by the ruins of Urquhart Castle, a medieval fortress that has stood for centuries at the crossroads of Scotland’s history.
Private transfer to your hotel near Fort William
Accommodation near Fort William
- 17 rooms
- Fine dining restaurant
- Extensive whisky library
- Full-sized snooker table
- Extensive landscaped gardens and private loch
Backed Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and reflected in its own loch, the setting of Inverlochy Castle is more than matched by the great house’s grandeur. Built 1863, a visiting Queen Victoria commented, ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’, and it is certainly as impressive today. Arrive to an aristocratic welcome, perhaps after pulling up in the hotel’s Rolls Royce, and step into the aptly named Grand Hall. This is a place that has unashamedly stuck to its guns décor-wise, an eclectic mix of opulent 19th century styles, and it is all the better for it. Combined with the surroundings and impeccable service, it simply feels ‘right’. There are 17 unique rooms in the main house, all spacious and thoroughly comfortable with unobtrusive modern features and delightful bathrooms. Dining is a full country house experience, starting with a drink by the fire, followed by a multi-course dinner courtesy of Albert and Michel Roux Jr celebrating modern British cuisine with French influences, perhaps ending sampling some of the extensive whisky collection. Spend your days here walking in the surrounding hills, fishing on the loch or enjoying afternoon tea. The array of outdoor activities in the Fort William area are within also all easy reach such as pony trekking, golf, mountain biking, climbing and white-water rafting.
Enjoy a ride on the Jacobite steam train, made famous as the Hogwart’s Express in the Harry Potter movies. The train is one of the best ways to view the stunning scenery of the West Coast.
Skye’s rugged landscapes and dramatic mountain scenery are unrivalled among the islands of the West Coast. There are a only few roads crossing the island and its isolated position has ensured it retains a strong and proud Gaelic identity. There is a thriving arts and crafts tradition on the island and photographers from far and wide are attracted not only for the peaks and valleys but for the extraordinary abundance of wildlife, both on dry land and in the sea, that Skye is famous for.
Talisker is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport in the village of Carbost. Tour of the distillery, seeing its five copper pot stills and the traditional worm tubs that make our Talisker so unique, then take a look at the casks in the warehouse where the Angel’s Share is lost to evaporation during maturation. End with a taste of the-award winning, alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt.
Glencoe is undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole of Scotland. Site of the 1695 Massacre of Glencoe, today it is a hauntingly beautiful Highland glen which evokes the spirit of the clans who ruled this land for centuries.
Made famous by the song The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, this freshwater loch is one of Scotland’s most evocative sites. The loch marks the beginning of the Highlands and the magnificent scenery of the Trossachs forms the backdrop to this spectacular location.
Glasgow is the beating heart of modern Scotland. The country’s sporting, music and financial capital, Glasgow is a hard-working and thriving city. The city packs in a fair amount of culture too, from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to Glasgow Cathedral and the historic Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in the city. The creations of Glasgow’s most famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, can be seen all over the city from the Willow Tea Rooms to the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Museum.
Private transfer to your hotel in Glasgow
Accommodation in Glasgow
- 100 rooms and suites
Surrounded by peaceful gardens, the Georgian townhouses of Blythwood Square Hotel offer a luxurious haven from which to explore Scotland’s cultural capital. Contemporary design meets classical architecture, and each of the 100 rooms is well-appointed and tastefully decorated. Marble bathrooms, rich fabrics and subtle bursts of colour make for a refined inner-city experience, whether you’re in a guest room or luxury penthouse. The restaurant’s decor celebrates the space’s past as the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club ballroom, complete with private booths and Harris Tweed furnishings. The menu features dishes inspired by Scottish classics and created using locally sourced seasonal produce from some of the city’s best markets. Unwind with a leisurely drink or inventive cocktail in The Salon and enjoy the views across the square. For a little extra pampering, book yourself a holistic face or body treatment at the spa, or have a soak in the relaxation pool.
Scotland's largest city is a thriving metropolis renowned for its culture and style. It is home to world-class museums and galleries, a vibrant arts scene and some of Scotland's best shopping and nightlife. The city itself has a rich and diverse history, reflected in its architecture which ranges from the 18th-century warehouses of Merchant City to the red sandstone Victorian buildings that line its squares and crescents. Then there are the silver space-age constructions of the Glasgow Science Centre and the Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as the Armadillo.
Private transfer to Edinburgh airport
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