Highland and Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness – Itinerary
The Highland and Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness takes you through Morayshire. We know it as Malt Whisky Country due to the high numbers of distilleries found here. You pass through the tiny village of Dallas in Morayshire which is where the famous city in Texas got its name. As we enter Speyside our first distillery visit is to Glenfiddich. Next we visit Glenlivet, and we are likely to lunch at one or the other. In the afternoon there is a chance for a photostop at scenic Carrbridge. Our final distillery of the day, on our return to Inverness, is Tomatin.
Dallas is an attractive one-street village nestling in the Morayshire Hills. One of our guides had a lot of fun taking Ken Kercheval to visit it, because he played Cliff Barnes from “Dallas” the TV show). We also see the fragmentary remains of Dallas Castle.
William Grant set up Glenfiddich, a Speyside distillery, in Dufftown in 1886. We call Dufftown the Malt Whisky Capital of the World because there are still six working malt whisky distilleries in the town. Glenfiddich, which means “the valley of the deer” is still owned by the Grant family today, and is the best selling malt whisky in the world.
Glenlivet Distillery runs a close second in global whisky sales, and is number one in the USA. It is a Speyside distillery established in 1824 and is nowadays owned by Pernod Ricard. The tall, narrow necks of the stills give us what is described as “a light-tasting spirit”.
Carrbridge is a lovely old village on the River Dulnain, a name which means “Storm Stream”. We can still see that this river is prone to autumn and winter floods. This used to result in frequent delays to burials at the Church of Duthil. So the locals built a bridge in 1717 to solve that problem, and the spectacular remains of that bridge still stand today. That means it is the oldest stone bridge still standing in the Highlands at this time.
Tomatin Distillery (a Highland Distillery dating from 1897) was the site of much earlier illicit stills. The name means “the hill of the Juniper bushes”. Moonshiners like using Juniper when they are making illicit spirit because the bushes give off no smoke when burned.
Highland and Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness – Price
£450 plus distillery entry fees.
Highland and Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness – Departure
The tour can depart from your Inverness accommodation, or from any transport hub you prefer, such as bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.