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3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Overview

Indulge in the cultivated goodness of fine whisky on a 3-day small-group tour of Speyside. Wind through scenic Cairngorm National Park in Scotland’s main whisky-producing region to visit at least four renowned distilleries including Glenlivet and Dalwhinnie. Enjoy tastings and travel by day, and comfortable accommodation in Grantown by night.
  • 3-day whisky tour around the Speyside region of Scotland
  • Small-group tour, with a maximum group size of 16, ensures a more personalized experience
  • Visit a minimum of four famous malt whisky distilleries including Dalwhinnie, Benromach, and Glenlivet
  • Travel along scenic routes in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Two nights B&B accommodation in the quaint village of Grantown-on-Spey
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Driver guide
Small Group Tour (16 people max)
2 nights overnight accommodation including breakfast, with private facilities in either a B&B or 3-star hotel
Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop off
Entrance fees for the distilleries

Departure Point

Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK

Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 3-day adventure begins in Edinburgh and meet your guide and small group of fellow whisky-lovers. Set off in the morning in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach to the region of Speyside home to more than 40 distilleries. Enjoy spectacular views as you travel along the Spey River through the Cairngorms National Park. See falls rushing through craggy ravines, stunning forests, and picturesque lochs as you make your way to Grantown-on-Spey.

Situated along the 70-mile long Speyside malt whisky trail, the quaint Highland village of Grantown is your home base for the next two days. Your B&B accommodation is located in town, easy walking distance to restaurants, cafes, and pubs for evening entertainment.

Over the next days, visit at least four renowned whisky distilleries including Dalwhinnie, Benromach, and Glenlivet. Enjoy generous samples of choice whiskies and take optional tours of the historic warehouses stocked with aged casks. If time and group interest permit, your guide can make additional stops at some of the areas other distilleries.

At the end of your trip, enjoy stunning views of the Cairngorm Mountains and Balmoral Castle as you head back to Edinburgh.
Itinerary
Lindores Abbey Distillery
The oldest written reference to whisky mentions this location. Sample a dram at the modern distillery and drink in the history.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Dalwhinnie Distillery
Try not to get too light-headed as you sample whisky at Scotland’s highest distillery.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Grantown on Spey
Meals:
  Not Included
Benromach Distillery
They say all Speyside whiskies used to be smoky. This distillery brings the classic flavour back to life. Benromach Distillery – due to Covid19, the Benromach Distillery is not available, so we have replaced it with Glen Moray Distillery – no need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to visit this distillery whilst on your tour.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre
Learn about the lifecycle of a whisky cask. *Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Cardhu Distillery
After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Grantown on Spey
Meals:
  Not Included
The Glenlivet Distillery
Tucked away in a remote glen you’ll find one the most famous flavours of Scotland.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Balmoral Castle
Throughout history, the Royal Family have loved exploring this gorgeous region of Scotland.
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 18 years
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Tour timings and stops are flexible and for reference purposes only.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately.
  • Lindores Abbey Distillery – no need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to visit this distillery whilst on your tour.
  • Dalwhinnie Distillery – no need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to visit this distillery whilst on your tour.
  • Benromach Distillery – due to Covid19, the Benromach Distillery is not available, so we have replaced it with Glen Moray Distillery – no need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to visit this distillery whilst on your tour.
  • Speyside Cooperage (Monday & Wednesday departures only) – no need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to visit Speyside Cooperage whilst on your tour.
  • Cardhu Distillery – Our timings and tickets with this attraction are currently under review due to the coronavirus.
  • The Glenlivet Distillery – due to Covid19, The Glenlivet is not available, so we will be visiting alternative distilleries.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 22 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 22 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:You stay two nights in Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.

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star-5
Great experience, very organised!
siggyzzz
, Oct 2019
Me and my mate decided to go on a whisky trail with Rabbie's. We didn't know if they're any good but Viator suggested this package and we decided to go for it because it was convenient, reasonably priced and all in one package so no hassle! What a great choice! Our tour guide/driver (Grant) was an amazing story teller, very capable driver and very caring! The mini-coach was very comfortable and easy to hop on/off! The choice of distilleries was spot on and even when asked to squeeze in an extra one he managed to pull it through without losing time from our busy schedule! Even the choice of B&B was great! Our hosts were amazing and they made us feel like home! Thank you Viator, Rabbie's and Grant for a amazing experience! Kostas
star-5
Excellent Speyside tour
JackW537
, Sep 2019
We were four couples on this excellent Speyside tour. Each day was outstanding. Our tour guide and driver was outstanding: knowledgeable, flexible and high quality!
star-5
Rabbie's Speyside Whisky Trail - 3 day tour
RamuH_2019
, Jul 2019
The tour was everything I hoped it would be! Dan Young, our guide, was excellent - knowledgeable alike on the history of Scotland as on the history of Scotch. Well-spoken, and great stories. Wonderful driving scenery; and excellently-chosen distilleries for the stops - each unique in its offerings of tours, whisky-making philosophy and lore. Highly recommended!
star-5
Excellent tour. Our guide Stevie...
Ed
, Nov 2017
Excellent tour. Our guide Stevie was the best. We saw beautiful, wild scenery as we drove through the Highlands and the Spey River valley. We had tastings at 4 distilleries and the Whiskey Castle. The stop at the cooperage was amazing. Our bed and breakfast accomodations in Grantown on Spey were very comfortable in a beautiful old stone house. On the tour we stopped at various historic and scenic sights, including Elgin Cathedral and some ancient stone bridges. Great tour.
star-5
We had a really good time with Pete...
hevmurray
, Sep 2017
We had a really good time with Pete as our tour guide he kept the trip exciting. Our Bed and Breakfast place was exceptional Allan and Sylva were really great hosts. The weather was really good for September it only rained part of one day.
star-5
The Speyside Whisky tour totally met...
cbatti
, May 2017
The Speyside Whisky tour totally met expectations. Travelers were a mix of Europeans and North Americans and everyone was friendly and cooperative. Barney the tour guide and driver was amazing with his information and love of scotch whisky. He was articulate, irreverent, funny and knowledgeable. Clearly he enjoyed his job! We visited both small and large distilleries and got to taste lots of whiskey. Our B and B accommodation was immaculate and the homemade breakfasts were delicious. Everything went as planned and as promised. The tour is highly recommended. Bring lots of UK cash as you pay for the tours in advance to the driver. Credit cards not accepted for the tours.
star-5
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed...
Elaine S
, May 2017
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour - if you love whisky you must do this! The whole package was excellent from the accommodation to the lovely Keith our driver. We learnt so much about Scotland and it's history too!
star-5
If I could give this tour more stars...
wilmagi
, May 2017
If I could give this tour more stars i would. Our tour guide was Stevie and he was amazing. We were a group of 14 plus the guide that spent 3 days on this tour. We all had a great time! All of the distilleries were amazing. Stevie was very funny and patient with all of us. I highly recommend this tour. This tour company Rabbi's is fantastic.
star-5
Trip was incredible - would highly...
Nat
, Oct 2016
Trip was incredible - would highly recommend it to anyone! Pete and Steve were just delightful and made each day exciting and full of fun.
star-5
Great guide, great whiskey options...
dlovitch
, Oct 2016
Great guide, great whiskey options, and a great learning experience. Only thing I suggest doing is check the hotel options in Grantown-on-Spey and work with Rabbie's to find a good option that has good reviews. In the group I was in, we were split over a few hotels and not all were great. Absolutely would do a tour with Rabbie's again and in fact maybe even repeat this specific one in the future.

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