Highland Whisky Tour

Highland Whisky Tour

This Highland Whisky Tour takes you to three North Highland Distilleries passing through some beautiful scenery on the way.

You will experience the contrast between the old traditional process at Balblair Distillery to the newer mass producing style at Glenmorangie and after lunch we will visit Clynelish Distillery for their Express tasting.

Collecting you from your hotel or Invergordon port we travel North over the Struie hill with some brief stops for some photo opportunities.

At the end of the Struie road we head for the little village of Edderton and our first distillery visit of the day – Balblair Distillery.

Balblair Distillery sits on the site of an Ancient Pictish Gathering Place. Next to the distillery there is a solitary standing stone called the Clach Biorach which would have looked over the Picts over 3000 years ago. An iconic Z rod marking bears witness to the history and is symbolised on each bottle of Balblair.

Balblair is one of the oldest Highland Distilleries, starting production in 1790 in a measured and thoughtful approx. This old fashioned slow traditional process continues today with a 62 hour fermentation period and extremely slow distillation time.

Production at Balblair ceased in 1911 due to tough economic condition and the last production was sold in 1932. The Norwegian army used the distillery as a base during the second World War, most likely they were here because the King of Norway was in exile at Carbisdale Castle just a few miles up the road.

Balblair restarted producing whisky in 1948. You will get the opportunity to sample their 12 and 15 year old single Malt whisky at the end of the Distillery Tour. The Tour takes 1.5 hours and costs £20.

Leaving Balblair behind we travel just a few miles along the shore of the Dornoch Firth to their near neighbour – Glenmorangie Distillery.

Glenmorangie Distillery first started producing whisky in 1843 and their craftsmen are known as The Men of Tain. Passing on their skills from generation to generation. The Men of Tain continue to produce some of the finest Single Malt Whiskies in Scotland today. Their quality standards remain at the top despite the Distillery doubling its production since 2010.

The copper stills used at Glenmorangie are the highest in Scotland, the same height as a Giraffes neck! The men of Tain explain that the extra space allows the whisky to have a better taste and aroma.

Glenmorangie Distillery use top quality barley from local producers and import the very best casks to use in their production.

You will be given the opportunity to sample two drams from their core expression range following your tour of the distillery. The tour takes 1 hour and costs £18.

After leaving Glenmorangie we think you must be feeling a bit hungry so we will stop off in the Royal Burgh of Dornoch for some lunch, there are some different lunch options we can discuss.

When we have had our lunch we then head further North to Brora and our last Distillery visit to Clynelish Distillery, we are not doing a tour here, we are simply here for their Express tasting.

The first Clynelish Distillery started production in 1819, as you can see this current distillery is more modern and it started in 1969, in between these two distilleries there was produced a peated malt called Brora.

The barley that is used here today is still malted in the Northern Highlands.

Most of the production of Clynelish 14 year old goes towards the Johnnie Walker Gold Brand of blended whisky.

You will have the opportunity to taste three drams of Clynelish single Malt. The Express tasting takes 45 minutes and costs £17.

Following the tasting we will take you back to your Hotel/Invergordon Port.

  1 – 3 people: £420

 4 – 8 people: £540

Duration: 7 – 8 Hours

Included:

  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Comfortable vehicle
  • Bottled water and snacks for the journey

Not included:

  • Entry admission fees to any attractions
  • Meals

A £50 deposit is required to secure your booking. Deposit payment details sent after tour availability confirmed.