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Speyside Whisky Short Break

Stay in the heart of whisky country and experience a VIP distillery tour.

Speyside is world renowned as the heart of Scotland’s whisky industry. The close proximity of so many contrasting distilleries, together with the wide range of other options locally, make this area a perfect short break destination for the whisky connoisseur.

For convenience we include taxi transfers to the distilleries in the itinerary.

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Feb - Dec

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Your route north will bring you through some awe-inspiring Highland scenery, before reaching the surprisingly green Speyside valley.

Your Hotel

Your elegant Georgian hotel is the perfect place to unwind in traditional highland surroundings, offering a warm welcome and a touch of style in the centre of an attractive Speyside village.  Close to several distilleries on the famous Whisky Trail, it offers a fine selection of single malts which you can sample as you relax in front of the sitting room’s crackling log fire, perhaps with a good book.  The friendly bistro offers a daily changing menu featuring local meat and game, plus a mouthwatering variety of seafood.  The chef combines these and other fine local ingredients with fresh herbs and fruit from the hotel’s delightful walled garden, which you are welcome to explore on your evening stroll as you plan the following day’s activities.

What to see and do

Conveniently located at the heart of Speyside’s Malt Whisky Trail, your hotel lies within a couple of miles of the excellent Cardhu and Macallan distilleries; Glenfiddich, Strathisla and Aberlour are also within easy striking distance, as is the fascinating Speyside Cooperage, worthy of a day trip in itself.  We can recommend and plan your own itinerary and make any bookings for your tours – just let us know your preferences. If required we can also arrange for taxi hire to ensure you can fully enjoy the delights of the whisky!

Aside from these attractions there is no shortage of other options in the area, with excellent salmon fishing on the Spey, walking on the Speyside Way, 15 nearby golf courses and numerous places of historic interest – from Pluscarden Abbey to romantic Cawdor Castle.  Venture slightly further afield and you will discover the attractions of Inverness, capital of the Highlands, the mysteries of Loch Ness with its fascinating visitor centre or the pretty fishing villages and long sandy beaches of the beautiful Moray Coast.


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Based in Speyside – in the heart of Scotch whisky country


£385 per person for February, March, October, November & December, and £395 per person for April to September.

Prices based on 2 people sharing a room for two nights including dinner, bed & breakfast. The holiday includes a half day VIP tour and tasting at either the Macallan, Glenfiddich or Aberlour distillery, as well as taxi transfers from the hotel for your tour.

We can also arrange for a private driver to transfer you from Edinburgh, Inverness or Aberdeen to and from your hotel in Speyside. The price for this option will depend on the party size. Please ask us for a quotation.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including recommended routes and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

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This holiday is available from mid February to mid December.  Due to distillery opening hours,  this holiday is not available starting on a Saturday.

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