Hills and Stills

Hills, Stills And Hopefully No Spills Whisky Tour

This Whisky tour is aptly named as we will visit Ben Nevis Distillery which sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK and we will also visit Dalwhinnie Distillery, which is the highest Distillery with a visitor centre in Scotland. (Braeval is the highest)

Leaving Inverness at 8am we head out of town towards Loch Ness as we go down through The Great Glen towards Fort William.

Keep your eyes peeled as we travel along Loch Ness side in case Nessie makes an appearance.

The Great Glen stretches from Inverness to Fort William and The Caledonian Canal runs through the Glen. Completed in 1822 the Canal comprises of four natural fresh water Lochs, Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochy and more than 20 miles of man made waterway.

Loch Ness is the largest loch in Scotland by volume of fresh water, there is more fresh water in Loch Ness than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

At the southern end of Loch Ness we pass through Fort Augustus, one of three Forts built by the Government to suppress the Jacobite uprisings.

As we continue towards Fort William we pass Loch Oich and Loch Lochy and we reach Spean Bridge where we pass The Commando memorial and if the weather is kind we should see Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.

In the shadow of Ben Nevis we stop for our tour of The Ben Nevis Distillery.

Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest Distilleries in Scotland having been established in 1825.

Before the start of the tour you will meet The Mythical Giant called Hector Mcdram.

Following the tour and tasting we will head back down The Great Glen to Spean Bridge where we will stop for a bite of lunch.

Following our lunch we make our way across country and through Glen Spean towards our next Distillery visit at Dalwhinnie.

The road through Glen Spean goes alongside the River Spean and in the middle of some fantastic scenery. As we reach Loch Laggan on the other side of the loch is Ardverikie Estate, this is where the BBC series “Monarch of the Glen“ was filmed and the area in the series was called Glen Bogle.

Not far from Loch Laggan we reach Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest Distillery you can visit in Scotland and situated in the middle of the Drumochter Hills and is also in The Cairngorms National Park.

Dalwhinnie takes its water from Lochan na Doire – Vaine or (The loch of the green thicket) which is 2000 feet up in the hills.

The name Dalwhinnie came from the Gaelic language and means meeting place and it refers to the meeting of ancient cattle drover routes through the mountains.

Following our tour of the distillery we will enjoy a tasting of three of their most popular single malts along with chocolate accompaniments.

The Dalwhinnie 15 year old is one of the six classic malts of Scotland, the other five are – Talisker 10 year old, Oban 14 year old, Glenkinchie 10 year old, Lagavulin 16 year old and Cragganmore 12 year old.

Leaving Dalwhinnie behind, we travel north through the Cairngorms National Park to Aviemore and visit The Speyside Distillery Visitor Centre called The Snug.

As we travel north on your right hand side, if the weather is kind, you should be able to see in the distance Ben Macdui, the 2nd highest mountain in the UK which is situated in the Cairngorm mountains.

The Speyside Distillery is one of the newest and smallest Distilleries in Scotland and has been in production since 1990. We are going to their visitor centre in Aviemore (The Snug) where we can enjoy a whisky flight tasting. The Distillery also produces Gin and you will be able to sample this here also if you wish.

At the Snug you will also be able to see The Speyside Gallery and the work of resident artist – Joanna McDonough.

Leaving The Snug we travel North back towards Inverness passing the little villages of Carrbridge and Tomatin.

As we pass Tomatin and cross the River Findhorn on your left hand side are The Monadliath Mountains and on our way down Drumossie Hill and coming in to Inverness you will see in the distance (weather permitting of course) the final hill of the day Ben Wyvis.

1 – 3 people: £450

4 – 8 people: £550

Duration: Full Day

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.