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Best Scottish Whisky Distillery Tours

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This side of the Atlantic and further afield, Scotland is home to the best whisky with years of heritage embodied within it.

With a Scottish whisky tour, you can see the process for yourself and sample some of the world’s finest whisky, nestled in the picture-perfect Scottish landscape for a truly authentic, relaxing experience.

So if you are a fan of a wee dram, this is a guide to the best Scottish whisky tours available in 2019 covering all the big distilleries.

Whiskey Tours from Edinburgh

Visiting Edinburgh or live locally? These are the best Scottish whisky tours departing from central Edinburgh, ranging from a single day trip to a couple of weeks.

The centre of Edinburgh, Scotland

One-day Tours from Edinburgh

Spend a day exploring the Scottish whisky landscape with these enjoyable, immersive whisky tours.

Discover Malt Whisky

Price: from £34pp

During this tour, you’ll visit two distilleries, learn everything there is to know about whisky, and soak in sublime views of Loch Lomond.

Departs: 9:30am, Rabbie’s Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns: 6:15pm (approximately)

Excludes: Entry fees and tasting at the distilleries


  • Travel to Glengoyne distillery, through Stirling, where you’ll experience the whisky making process from start to finish
  • Enjoy a picturesque drive to Loch Lomond’s edge, where you’ll enjoy a delicious pub lunch and sample locally crafted beers
  • After lunch, as an optional activity, you can walk to viewing area overlooking Loch Lomond before heading to the second distillery
  • Tour Deanston Distillery, housed in a converted cotton mill on the River Teith
  • Sit back and relax as you return to Edinburgh



Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky

Price: from £39pp

Take in Scotland’s infamous lochs and sip some of the smoothest whisky around, all within the Highlands area.

Departs: 9am, Rabbie’s Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns: 6:30pm

Excludes: Entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Travel from Edinburgh to Fife via the Queensferry Crossing
  • Stop in the picturesque cathedral town of Dunkeld, where you’ll have time to explore its quaint streets
  • Travel onto Hermitage, where you’ll peruse a woodland walk to Black Linn Falls
  • From Hermitage, travel to Pitlochry where you’ll have lunch and take in some shopping
  • After lunch, you’ll drive through the Highland Perthshire, with a quick stop at Queen’s View, overlooking Loch Tummel
  • Continuing to Aberfeldy and Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, where you’ll learn about how whisky is made
  • Return to Edinburgh via a picture-perfect journey through the Highlands by coach


3-4 Day Tours from Edinburgh

Have a few days to burn? Use them to explore the heritage of Scotland’s finest whisky.

Speyside Whisky Trail (3-day tour)

Price: from £119pp

Get ready to taste some of the top malt whiskies around on this three-day tour from Edinburgh.

Departs: 9am, Rabbie’s Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns: 6:30pm (approximately)

Excludes: Accommodation and entry fees to visitor attractions


  • On your first day, you’ll head through Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery, one of the oldest distillery sites in the country. Then, you’ll enjoy lunch in Pitlochry where you’ll sample whisky at Dalwhinnie, Scotland’s highest distillery, before travelling through the Cairngorms to Grantown on Spey – your base for two nights.
  • On day two, you’ll head to the coach where you’ll visit Benromach Distillery, a family-run distillery offering small group tours. Then venture back along the Spey River to Craigellachie, where you’ll visit Speyside Cooperage*, where you find out more about how whisky is made. After lunch, your journey will continue to Glenfiddich Distillery, home to what is considered “the world’s most popular single malt.” You’ll then return to Grantown on Spey for one more night.
  • For your final day, you’ll visit the award winning Glenlivet distillery, where the surrounding wildlife is just as wonderous as the whisky it makes. You’ll then continue past Balmoral Castle, through Scotland’s highest pass, before travelling through Perthshire and home to Edinburgh.

*Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.



Isle of Arran Adventure (3-day tour)

Price: from £135pp

Explore ‘Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran, on this tour from Edinburgh.

Departs: 8:30am, Rabbie’s Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns: 7:15pm

Excludes: Accommodation and entry fees to visitor attractions


  • On day one, you’ll travel to Ayrshire where you’ll visit Culzean Castle, passing Whitelee Wind Farm on the way. You’ll spend time at the castle, exploring its otherworldly setting atop dramatic cliffs. Continuing, you’ll stop in Alloway before travelling to Ardrossan, where you’ll take the ferry to the Isle of Arran and be dropped off in Brodick, where you’ll stay for the duration of your trip.
  • Day two has almost limitless possibilities. On the Isle of Arran, you can explore its many visitor attractors, including Lochranza Castle, and take in a whisky tasting and tour at Arran Distillery and it’s awesome visitor centre, as well as beer tasting at Arran Brewery, after which you might want to discover the Isle’s incredible stone circles. Your day ends with a stop-off at the harbour of Blackwaterfoot, after which you’ll travel back to Brodick for your second night of the tour.
  • For the last day of your trip, you’ll return to the mainland via ferry, taking just 30 minutes, and re-enter at the Kintyre Peninsula. From here, you’ll travel along the coach to the quaint fishing village of Tarbert. From here, after lunch, you’ll travel through the mountain pass and onto Loch Lomond before arriving back in Edinburgh.



Islay & the Whisky Coast (4-day tour)

An outside shot of the Bowmore whisky distillery in Scotland
The Bowmore Distillery

Price: from £239pp

This is a truly delicious long-weekend for any whisky aficionado, as well as those that want to enjoy a glass of the good stuff while soaking in the serene Scottish landscape.

Departs: 8:30am, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Returns: 8pm (approximately)

Excludes: Accommodation and entry fees to visitor attractions, including entry and tasting fees at the whisky distilleries. Please allow £30-40 for tours and tastings.


  • To begin, you travel out of Edinburgh and into the Highlands, stopping off in Callander before continuing onto the mountainous Loch Lomond National Park, to Oban. While here, you’ll visit Oban Distillery and tuck into local seafood for lunch before resuming your journey, continuing through Kilmartin Glen to Kennaraig, where you’ll travel to Islay via ferry. When you reach Islay, you’ll drive to Bowmore, your base for the duration of the tour.
  • On the second day of your tour, you’ll venture into nature and soak in the sublime views and beaches Islay has to offer. In the morning, you’ll visit Kilchoman Distillery, the island’s newest distillery, before continuing to Bruichladdich for another tasting of fine single malt. In the back end of the afternoon, on returning to Bowmore, you’ll have a chance to visit Bowmore Distillery, right on your doorstep.
  • Day three brings with it an adventure to the south of the island, which is “home to the smokiest and peatiest of all the whiskies,” including Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg. Throughout the day you’ll visit two whisky distilleries.
  • To complete your trip, you’ll return to the mainland, but the tour doesn’t stop there. You’ll visit Inveraray, at Loch Fyne’s water’s edge, where you can shop at a fine whisky shop and enjoy the historic architecture and ships in the harbour before returning to Edinburgh, passing Loch Lomond.



An outside shot of the Lagavulin whisky distillery in Scotland
The Lagavulin Distillery

8-17 Day Tours from Edinburgh

If you’d rather taste whisky than head abroad for your summer holiday or winter break, enjoy a week or two in Scotland, tasting some of the finest whiskies in the world.

Islay, Iona, Mull & Skye (8-day tour)

Price: from £518pp

Live the dream as you explore Skye and spot some of Scotland’s tallest peaks on this Northern whisky-lovers’ adventure.

Departs: 8:30am, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Returns: 7pm

Excludes: Accommodation and entry fees to visitor attractions


  • This tour is extensive and rewarding. During the first few days, you’ll explore the likes of Oban and Loch Lomond National Park, travel to Islay via ferry, discover whisky distilleries including Kilchoman, Bruichladdich and Bowmore, tasting the smokiest whiskies: Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg.
  • On your fourth day, you’ll travel back to the mainland and continue your journey. Lunch at Kilmartin Glen before continuing to Oban, and its distillery. After a rest, continue to Mull via ferry, where you can take a small boat out to the island of Staffa and view the breath-taking basalt columns. You’ll spend a second night in Oban before continuing to Appin, passing Castle Stakler and Glencoe, and then onwards to Polockton, passing Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
  • On your last full day of the tour, you’ll have a chance to explore Skye with a tailored tour, the itinerary of which depends on your driver. You may visit Dunvegan Castle, enjoy scenic views from Cuillin, or venture to Glenbrittle to visit its remarkable waterfalls.
  • To complete your trip, you’ll visit Eilean Donan Castle in the morning. You’ll then continue to Loch Ness for lunch, past Loch Duich, and then through Perth and over the Queensferry crossing as you return home to Edinburgh.



Islay, Edinburgh & Speyside Whisky Holiday (8-day tour)

Price: from £881pp

Spend a serene week in the Scottish Highlands, sipping whisky and strolling through scenic countryside, with this 8-day tour.

Departs: 8:30am, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Returns: 6:30pm

Excludes: Entry fees to distilleries and visitor attractions


  • During the first half of your trip, you’ll explore Callander, Loch Lomond National Park, and Oban, including its distillery. You’ll settle in Bowmore on the island of Islay, from which you’ll explore a host of serene countryside and, most importantly, some of the best whisky distilleries in Scotland, including Islay Whiskies, Kilchoman Distillery and Bowmore Distillery. The variety of whisky on offer includes the smokiest around, such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg.
  • On day four of the tour, you’ll return to the mainland and continue onto Edinburgh, where you’ll stay for a night before spending a day exploring. You’ll take lunch at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, a private members club for whisky lovers, which is booked in advance and inclusive of the tour price.
  • For the last two full days of your trip, you’ll depart Edinburgh and continue the Speyside Whisky Tour, which starts in Dunkeld before continuing to Pitlochry, where you’ll visit the Dalwhinnie Distillery. You’ll then continue to Grantown on Spey, where you’ll stay for your final two nights. The next day, you’ll be immersed in whisky in Scotland’s most famous whisky region. You’ll visit Benromach Distillery, Gordon and Macphail, and Cardhu Distillery.
  • Your trip is complete with a drive through the Cairngorm Mountains as you make your way back to Edinburgh, stopping at Glenlivet, passing Balmoral Castle.



An outside shot of the Cardhu whisky distillery in Scotland
Cardhu Whisky Distillery

Scottish Island Highlights (12-day tour)

Price: from £797pp

If you love the sea as much as you love your whisky, this 12-day extravaganza through Scotland’s most scenic islands is a sublime choice.

Departs: 8:30am, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Returns: 7pm

Excludes: Accommodation and entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Highlights for the first half of your trip include: Loch Lomond National Park, Oban, the island of Islay, where you’ll spend three nights, as well as Mull and the Isle of Skye. You’ll visit a host of distilleries, including Oban Distillery, Kilchoman Distillery, Bowmore Distillery, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin. There’s a whole host of historical attractions for you to explore, too, including castles and quaint villages, as well as mile upon mile of countryside.
  • Day eight of your tour begins with a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, from which you’ll travel to Loch Ness for lunch. Onwards, you’ll enjoy a tour of Orkney, after which you’ll continue to Inverness, where you’ll stay for the night.
  • On day nine, you’ll cross over to the Black Isle, where you’ll drive the northeast Highland coast and take in some of Scotland’s most regarded scenery. You’ll travel through John o’ Groats, Scotland’s most northerly mainland village, and then onwards, crossing the Pentland Firth by ferry and arriving in the Orkney Archipelago.
  • To end your tour, you’ll spend two days exploring Stromness, Maeshowe, Kirwall, and Ullapool, after which you’ll continue to Loch Glascarnoch and back past Inverness. From here, you’ll visit the Culloden Moor, from which you’ll walk the Caledonian Pine Forest before returning to Edinburgh via Perthshire.



Island Hopping Extravaganza (17-day tour)

Price: from £1,126pp

Discover the beauty of Mull, Skye, Iona, Orkney & the Outer Hebrides on this Scottish whisky adventure, lasting two and a half weeks.

Departs: 8:30am, Rabbie’s Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Returns: 7pm

Excludes: Accommodation and entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Begin your 17-day whisky extravaganza by venturing to Loch Lomond National Park and onwards to Oban. Over the next few days, you’ll spend a day exploring Islay (home to Kilchoman Distillery), Bowmore (home to Bowmore Distillery), Laphroaig, and Lagavulin.
  • On day four, you’ll travel back to the mainland, from which you’ll travel to Oban Distillery and onto McCaig’s folly. Onwards, you’ll catch the ferry to Mull, where you can visit a host of historic landmarks, before continuing your journey.
  • Day six to ten are packed full of sights, including Glencoe, Fort William, Plockton and, of course, the Isle of Skye. Back on the mainland, you’ll visit Loch Ness and then continue to Orkney. During this section of the trip, you’ll cross to the Black Isle and visit John o’ Groats, Gills Bay, and the rest of the Orkney Archipelago. You’ll also stop off at Skara Brae, Stomness and Kirkwall.
  • On day 11, you’ll leave Orkney and head for the northwest highlands, travelling to Ullapool at Loch Broom, where you’ll spend a day exploring the breath-taking surroundings. From Ullapool, you’ll travel by ferry to Stornoway, where you’ll spend almost two days.
  • Leaving Stornoway, you’ll continue to Skye, where you’ll stay for two nights before travelling through the Central Highland and back to Edinburgh.



Whisky Tours from Glasgow

If you’re not departing from Edinburgh, these are the best Scottish whisky toursdepartingg from Glasgow, on which you can enjoy a medley of whiskies!

The centre of Glasgow, Scotland

One-day Tours from Glasgow

Visiting Glasgow for the weekend or live locally? Spend a day tasting Scotland’s finest whisky.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky

Price: from £33pp

Journey into the Highlands and the heart of Loch Lomond on this tour from Glasgow.

Departs: 9am, Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX

Returns: 6pm (approximately)

Excludes: Entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Travel North to Stirling where you’ll explore the magnificent castle. From here, you can venture north to the 220ft tall National Wallace Monument and soak in a sublime view of the town.
  • From Stirling, continue into the Trossachs National Park, where you can tuck into lunch at the water’s edge of one of the many lochs.
  • After lunch you’ll travel back to Loch Lomond and onto the Distillery of Glengoyne, one of the leading malt whiskeys’ in Scotland. From here, it is just a short drive back to Glasgow.



Loch Lomond & Whisky Distillery (half-day tour)

Price: from £19pp

Have an afternoon spare while in Glasgow? This half-day whisky tour makes a fantastic gift.

Departs: 1:15pm, Parish Hall, 266 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QX

Returns: 5:45 (approximately)

Excludes: Entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Begin your tour in Glasgow, where you’ll learn about the history of ship manufacturing in Glasgow, before continuing to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
  • From here, travel to Dumgoyne Hill for the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery Experience, where you can taste a single malt filtered through volcanic rock on the distillery’s grounds.
  • After Glengoyne, you’ll travel back to Glasgow via the Highlands.



Whisky Tours from Inverness

Enjoy Scotland’s finest whisky on these tours leaving from Inverness.

The city of Inverness, Scotland

One-day Tours from Inverness

Visiting Loch Ness and staying in nearby Inverness? These tours from Inverness present a day trip like no other.

Cairngorms National Park & Speyside Whisky

Price: from £31pp

Enjoy a picturesque whisky tour through the Cairngorms and Speyside.

Departs: 9:30am, Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT

Returns: 6:30pm

Excludes: Entry fees to visitor attractions


  • From Inverness, you’ll head to the Cairngorm National Park, stopping off in Carrbridge.
  • You’ll continue to the Cairngorm Snow Sports Range where you can soak in sublime views.
  • From the Range, you’ll descend to Glenmore Forest Park, where you can enjoy a stroll through the woods to Loch Morlich.
  • You’ll enjoy lunch in Grantown-on-Spey before continuing to Dufftown and Glenfiddich Distillery.
  • Early evening return to Glasgow via a picturesque route.



Speyside Whisky & Moray Firth

Price: from £29pp

Take in the range of Speyside distilleries on this tour from Inverness.

Departs: 9:15am, Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT

Returns: 6:45pm

Excludes: Entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Travel to Moray in the east, following the Moray Firth coastline, to Benromach Distillery in Forres.
  • From Forres, you’ll drop by Findhorn, where you can enjoy superb views over Moray Firth.
  • After Findhorn, you’ll stop by Elgin, where you can shop for whisky at Gordon and Macphail food shop before continuing to Glenfiddich Distillery.
  • Complete the journey through Strathspey, where you’ll enjoy breath-taking views of the Cairngorms, before returning to Inverness.



Whisky Tours from Aberdeen

Enjoy a whisky experience from Aberdeen while on holiday, or if you live locally.

One-day Tours from Aberdeen

Speyside Whisky Trail

Price: from £34pp

This is one of the best one-day whisky tours available. Get ready for the Speyside Whisky Trail.

Departs: 9am, Aberdeen Bus Station, Guild Street, AB11 6NA

Returns: 7pm

Excludes: Entry fees to visitor attractions


  • Travel to the Speyside region from Aberdeen and stop at Speyside Cooperage, where you’ll learn about the whisky making experience from start to finish before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.
  • After lunch, you’ll stop at Aberlour Distillery where you’ll sample ‘easy to drink’ whisky.
  • Following Aberlour, venture to Glenfiddich, one of the world’s most famous distilleries.
  • Complete your day trip with a stop at Huntly before returning to Aberdeen.



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