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Whisky Tours & Breaks

Uisge beatha…water of life…whisky…savour a dram or several of Scotland's national drink on a tailor-made whisky tour.

In Scotland it is whisky, in Ireland whiskey. Whichever spelling you prefer, every distillery has its own twist or take on what makes their liquid extra special. Whether you consider yourself a single malt whisky connoisseur or would simply like to discover more, why not devote yourself to our “amber nectar” on a whisky (or whiskey) tour?

Guided Whisky Tours

The sociability angle of whisky is impossible to overlook. Join one of McKinlay Kidd’s small group whisky tours to share your journey of discovery with like-minded visitors and a knowledgeable, local tour leader. True to our values of holidays made differently, we have designed our tours to include distillery visits and tastings at places a little off-the-beaten track. Choose our five day Edinburgh & Speyside Guided Whisky Tour and you will, of course, have plenty of opportunity to savour a dram or several along the way of well-known names such as Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich and The Macallan. However, you will also spend time “behind the scenes” uncovering the delights of newly revitalised spirits such as Glenglassaugh, Benromach and Glen Garioch in their traditional homes. Rest assured, we’ll also give you tips on how to pronounce them! We’ve used our expertise of many years to design the tour to include some fantastic Scottish train journeys as well as touring by road into the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s whisky capital.

If Highland culture also piques your interest, take a look at our Classic Highlands, Castles & Whisky Tour, a week-long voyage of discovery. Packed with stunning scenery, fascinating distillery tours and visits to beguiling castles, you will enjoy the delights of Scottish Highland hospitality in hand-picked accommodation interspersed with spectacular train journeys. Your tour leader will regale you with fascinating stories, legends and insights into local history and traditions.

For a special treat, follow in royal footsteps on the seven-day Premier Highlands, Castles & Whisky Tour. Enjoy first-class train travel, exclusive distillery visits including Royal Lochnagar and superb local cuisine. The highlight of this particular trip is sure to be a two-night stay in a grand Highland castle as exclusive guests of the Laird and Lady.

Travelling in a small group means you don’t need to worry at all about driving. With just fifteen places per departure date to ensure high quality accommodation and personal attention from your expert, local tour leader, availability is strictly limited. Contact us soon to reserve your place(s) via the short form on the tour page or by calling us directly.

Tailor-Made Whisky Breaks

We know the best places to stay close to the finest distilleries, and we even know where you can bottle and label your own personalised malt. Our range of Scotch whisky tours and holidays is limited only by the number of distilleries in Scotland! Whether you wish to sample the delights of Speyside, the peaty aromas of Islay whisky, or head off the beaten track to Talisker on Skye, Highland Park on Orkney or Springbank in Campbeltown, we can design a tailormade Scottish whisky break to suit.

In some places, you can visit two or three distilleries in a day, if your aim is to compare or contrast. Alternatively, you may prefer just one or two in-depth experiences at your particular favourites or perhaps you want to combine whisky with gin tasting – Scotland now boasts a plethora of craft distilleries. Uncover some of the newest and best on a seven-night Whisky and Gin Odyssey. This self-guided trip gives you plenty of freedom to explore yet is designed to include tours and tastings within walking distance of your accommodation wherever possible. If you are seeking a trip that includes some island-hopping or maybe a round or two of golf, just let us know when you enquire, and we will prepare a custom-designed proposal for you.

Whisky Tours for Bespoke Groups

If you are travelling in a small group of six or more, we can design a trip just for you and include the services of a driver/guide. For an example, take a look at the Whisky Explorer Escorted Journey. As part of your journey, enjoy dinner at Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience and view the world’s largest private whisky collection (pictured above).

At McKinlay Kidd we know Scotland intimately – we have stayed at, eaten in, driven through and sailed across everywhere we recommend. We may have sampled a few drams over the years too! This means we can advise on the special places and the quirky corners as well as famous destinations. So do take a look at the holiday ideas on this page. Remember, we can also tailor-make a holiday in Scotland with a whisky theme, so just let us know what you would be interested in.

We can also offer holidays touring the rather different whiskey (note the spelling!) distilleries in Ireland, or even plan a holiday or vacation for you that combines both Scotland and Ireland.

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