West Coast Whisky Distillery Tour from Inverness – Itinerary
The West Coast Whisky Distillery Tour takes us through lonely Achnasheen and across the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Our first distillery is Torabhaig, on the Sleat Peninsula on Skye, and lunch will be in this area too. Then we cross the sea on Skye ferry, and passing through the port of Mallaig, we photostop at Glenfinnan. Then our second distillery is Ben Nevis Distillery by Fort William, and the return journey will see photostops for Ben Nevis, the Commando Memorial and Loch Ness.
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye is known the world over for breathtaking mountain ranges and unforgettable scenery. This tour covers the gentler south of the island, with views of the Skye Bridge, the ruins of Saucy Mary’s Castle and the Sleat Peninsula (often referred to as the Garden of Skye, due to beautiful native woodlands and spring wildflowers).
Torabhaig is the newest distillery on the Isle of Skye, but occupy old farm buildings, on a stunning site above Knock Bay. The owners like the long history as the farm buildings were first built in 1820 but from stones taken from the nearby ivy-clad ancient ruin of Castle Camus. Work began on Torabhaig in 2014, and café, shop and distillery tours soon followed.
The Ferry from Skye
The Ferry from Skye runs from Armadale on the Isle of Skye to Mallaig on the mainland. The crossing takes around 30 minutes and it is one of the most scenic in the world. Enjoy views of the fjord of Loch Nevis, and the island group known as the Small Isles (particularly Eigg and Rum).
Glenfinnan is located on the romantic route; “The Road to the Isles”. It is where Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised his royal standard in 1745, starting the last Jacobite Rising, and there is a picturesquely situated monument tower and visitor centre to commemorate this. The railway viaduct carries the Jacobite Steam Train. The area was also the film location for several scenes from Harry Potter films (including the location of Hogwarts School).
The Ben Nevis Distillery
The Ben Nevis Distillery (near Fort William) stands below the UK’s tallest Mountain; Ben Nevis. They call their whisky the dew of Ben Nevis as the water is from the mountain. John MacDonald began this West Coast distillery in 1825. He gave his name to the well-known blended scotch “Long John” because he stood 6 foot 4 inches tall.
Commando Memorial stands on a hilltop with stunning 360 degree views. The magnificent bronze monument commemorates the commandos that used the harsh ground of these mountains and moors as their training area from 1942 to 1945. With good weather there are also great views of Ben Nevis.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle make a great stop because you can capture two icons in one photo. One of the great castles of Scotland, Urquhart was first held by Pictish tribal chiefs, later becoming a mighty royal castle, and finally a Clan Grant stronghold. It saw 1,000 years of continuous occupation before its fall, in 1692. It overlooks the dark waters of Loch Ness – the largest lake in the country. This is more than enough water to hide its most famous inhabitant – Nessie!
West Coast Whisky Distillery Tour – Price
£450 plus distillery entry fees.
West Coast Whisky Distillery Tour – 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.