You tell us that you love our whisky distillery tours from Inverness because of the wide choice of distilleries, and our unique whisky tales. Wherever in the world we find our whisky, it is always made from three main ingredients; grain, water and yeast. We, at Inverness Tours, think that the folk who make Scotch whisky are the fourth secret ingredient. Let us introduce you. Legally, Scotch has to be distilled and matured in Scotland and spend a minimum of three years in the barrel. We are pleased to help our guests sample and learn more about the range of whiskies out there waiting for them. Our visitors travel in comfort during our private group tours due to our roomy and air-conditioned seven-passenger vehicles.
We do enjoy taking folks on our Highland Whisky Distillery Tours from Inverness because these malts include Scotland’s favourites. We find Highland malts to be robust and dry, with a rounded depth and sweetness. In some areas they also carry fruit and spice. We have three tours that visit Highland Distilleries. The first is the Highland Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Glenmorangie; Balblair or Dalmore and Glen Moray. The second is the Highland and Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Glenfiddich; Glenlivet and Tomatin. The third is the West Coast and Highland Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Ben Nevis; Dalwhinnie and Tomatin.
Glenmorangie Distillery has been legally distilling whisky since 1843. It is clearly Scotland’s favourite because it is the biggest single malt whisky seller on the domestic market. You could take a tour followed by a dram. You’ll learn about the secret recipe, the unique water source and the famed sixteen men of Tain.
You often ask us about our Speyside Whisky Distillery Tours from Inverness. This is because the Speyside malts are, perhaps, the best known group in Scotland. We find nearly half of all distilleries in Scotland in this area because the rivers that feed the Spey are perfect for making whisky. The Speyside whiskies are elegant & complex in taste, while still open & delicate. We enjoy Speyside because there are a great variety of distilleries and they are all quite easy to reach from Inverness. We have two tours that visit Speyside Distilleries. The first is the Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Macallan; Glen Grant and Glen Moray. The second is the Highland and Speyside Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Glenfiddich; Glenlivet and Tomatin.
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. The Grant family still own Glenfiddich now and have made it the best selling malt whisky in the world.
The West Coast Whisky Distillery Tours from Inverness take us deep into the mountains and islands on the western seaboard. We can find distilleries from Kintyre to the Isle of Lewis. There are folks who give the island of Islay and the town of Campbeltown groups of their own. But to keep it simple I group them all together. Their character is more smoky and more peaty, with hints of the salt and the iodine of the ocean. The spirit, too, is thicker and more viscous. If it was wine, we would say it had more legs. We have two tours that visit West Coast Distilleries. The first is the West Coast Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Torabhaig and Ben Nevis. The second is the West Coast and Highland Distillery Tour from Inverness and it visits Ben Nevis; Dalwhinnie and Tomatin.
Torabhaig is the newest distillery on the Isle of Skye, but occupy old farm buildings, on a stunning site above Knock Bay. The owners are proud of the long history. Although the farm buildings were first built in 1820 it was using 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.
We offer this tour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is due to the success of our Outlander Tours. Our Outlander Tours from Edinburgh are so successful that we recruited a great guide from that area, to deliver them. It made sense for us to ensure that he was a whisky expert too. So, we now offer one standard “Highland and Lowland Whisky Distillery Tour” from Glasgow and Edinburgh. If taken from Edinburgh it visits Deanston Distillery, Glenturret Distillery and Glenkinchie Distillery. If taken from Glasgow it visits Deanston Distillery, Glenturret Distillery and Auchentoshan Distillery.
We begin to identify your best options by finding areas blessed with several whisky distilleries with good visitor facilities. This helps us to see a number of destination regions emerge. These include the island of Islay, the Orkney Islands, the NorthEast250, the Outer Hebrides and finally the Isle of Skye and West Highlands. We can look at each of these in turn.
We know of around 135 distilleries in Scotland, many being open to the public. As a result we can offer a huge range of custom options. If you have a favourite brand that has not featured on this page then let us know. We love crafting tours that deliver exactly what you desire. These custom tours could be one day tours or multi day tours. If you decide to go for a multi day adventure then we do have some suggestions that may help you to plan it.
Inverness Tours has been taking visitors on world-class tours for more than fifteen years. We have been working to make our exclusive tour business the finest of its kind available in Scotland. Our solid (but constantly updated) knowledge is a tool for your use. As a result, you will enjoy the best eating places, the most rewarding visits, and the locals’ choice of “off the beaten track” walks and vistas. We strive to enthral, excite and entertain as we show you the real Scotland.
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