Highlands & Islands Malt Whisky Trail


This is our suggested itinerary for our Highlands & Islands Malt Whisky Trail self-drive tour. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests. Please request this when making an enquiry.

Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh
Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's majestic capital city. Visit historic Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy a tour and tasting session at the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile where you will learn the origins of malt whisky distilling and enjoy the first "wee dram" of many!
Overnight - Edinburgh

Day 2 - Edinburgh to Speyside
Travel north to Speyside into the heart of malt whisky country. A wonderfully scenic journey takes you into the Scottish Highlands, and past Dewars World of Whisky and picturesque Edradour - Scotland's smallest distillery. Further north pass Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest distillery in Scotland.
Overnight - Speyside

Day 3 - Speyside and The Malt Whisky Trail
There are numerous distilleries to visit as you wind your way through the charming towns and villages of Speyside. We'd recommend the Glenfiddich Connoisseurs Tour at Dufftown and the wonderful Visitors Centre at Glenlivet. The Speyside Cooperage at Craigellachie is a vital part of whisky production and the village is home to the Macallan Distillery.
Overnight - Speyside

Day 4 - Speyside Sightseeing
After sampling the 'water of life' in the area, visit Ballindalloch Castle in the magnificent Spey Valley. The River Spey forms a focus for the area and is famous for its fishing and the pretty riverside villages of Aberlour and Carron. There are numerous activities in the area with many mountains to climb, forests to explore, and sparkling lochs to kayak and canoe on.
Overnight - Speyside

Day 5 - Speyside to the Isle of Skye
Travel on to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, where you will follow the shores of mysterious Loch Ness before passing the most photographed of Scotland's castles - Eilean Donan. From here it is a short journey to your destination on the magical Isle of Skye.
Overnight - Isle of Skye

Day 6 - Isle of Skye Sightseeing
A full day on Skye to visit Talisker Distillery on the shores of Loch Harport, producing a wonderfully robust and award-winning island malt whisky. Visit romantic Dunvegan Castle, explore the alien-like landscape of The Quiraing, or climb aboard a fabulous boat cruise into the heart of the magnificent Cuillin Mountains.
Overnight - Isle of Skye

Day 7 - Isle of Skye to The Trossachs
Depart Skye by ferry and travel on the wonderful Road to the Isles to Fort William, where The Ben Nevis Distillery lies at the foot of the UK's highest mountain. Your journey takes you through spectacular Glencoe and across wild Rannoch Moor before arriving at your final destination in the picturesque Scottish Lakeland.
Overnight - The Trossachs

Day 8 - Depart Edinburgh
After breakfast it is less than a two hour journey to Edinburgh.