Whisky Tour from Inverness

A carefully crafted tour to give malt whisky fans an excellent introduction to the Highland & Speyside whisky regions

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit Tomatin, Glenfarclas, Macallan, Cragganmore and the Speyside Cooperage
  • Fantastic insight into the Highland & Speyside whisky regions
  • Unique WOW experience at each distillery
  • All whisky tastings (at least 9 drams), tours and experiences included
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PricesWhisky Tour £80
Tours & Tastings £40
Times08:30 - 18:30
Mondays & Fridays
April - October
Departing from Inverness Bus Station
Free CancellationFree cancellation up to 72 hours prior
UpgradesFront row seat upgrades £20pp and extra legroom upgrades £15pp.

PLEASE NOTE – Unfortunately we are unable to run this tour in 2020 (but why not join our Isle of Skye Fairy Pool Tour or our Inverness Walking Tour instead?). 

Itinerary and Map+

Itinerary & Map

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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins
Our Whisky Tour starts in the Highland capital of Inverness

You will be greeted at Inverness Bus Station by the WOW Scotland team, who will show you on-board our executive WOW mini-coach ready for departure at 8.30am.  As we drive south to our first stop in rural Tomatin your guide will fill you in on what you can look forward to during your whisky-fuelled day out in Speyside, which has the largest concentration of whisky distilleries in the world!  

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Tomatin Distillery

Tomatin Distillery
Our first stop is at Highland single malt whisky producer; Tomatin Distillery

Here, whisky production is believed to have been a way of life since as far back as the fifteenth century. Hundreds of years of experience may go partway to explaining why their whisky is so special, and we wholeheartedly agree with their motto of having “a whisky which is as easy to enjoy as it is hard to forget”! At Tomatin Distillery you will be taken on a one hour tour, which includes visits to the still house and the warehouse, and a unique opportunity to go inside a mash tun.  This in-depth tour will give you a great foundation for the day ahead. After the tour you will be encouraged to “experience the softer side of the Highlands” with tutored tastings of three specially selected drams.

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Cragganmore Distillery

Cragganmore Distillery
Cragganmore provides a warm welcome to Speyside

Here on the banks on the River Spey their knowledgeable and friendly staff provide an excellent experience to all of their guests (so good that they are the highest rated Speyside distillery on TripAdvisor at the moment, with 98% of their guests giving them four or five stars!).  We can certainly understand why as, although they are part of the Diageo brand, they have managed to maintain an intimate and traditional feel throughout.

We will be given an introduction to the distillery before being shown to one of their cosy tasting lounges. In this room you really feel that you are drinking single malt in its homeland of the Speyside hills, and the malts you are treated to will certainly reinforce this feeling.  We will have a triple tasting here: Cragganmore 12 year old; Cragganmore Distiller’s Edition; and Cragganmore Distillery Exclusive Bottling, which is only available to purchase at the distillery, so could be a great liquid souvenir!

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Glenfarclas Distillery

Glenfarclas Distillery
We enjoy a unique tasting experience, offered only to WOW guests

Our next stop is at Glenfarclas Distillery, one of the few distilleries in Scotland which is still family owned, and a favourite of our customers due to its informal ambience and unique history. Here we will enjoy an introduction to the distillery and a dram in the unique surroundings of their bonded warehouse. After that we will be accompanied inside, where we will enjoy a second tasting of this traditional Speyside malt, with heavy sherry influence, in the luxurious surroundings of The Ship’s Room.

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The Speyside Cooperage

The Speyside Cooperage
Our tour of the cooperage is always an unexpected highlight.

Casks are an integral component of the whisky production process, with the flavour and quality of whisky being partially determined by the type of cask it is matured in. At Speyside Cooperage, the largest working cooperage in the UK, highly skilled coopers are still using traditional skills to restore and repair casks. We will be treated to a 4D audio-visual presentation, before heading to the viewing gallery to admire the coopers at work.  You can even try your hand at making a mini-cask too!

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Macallan Distillery

Macallan Distillery
Visit the architectural jewel in Speyside's crown

Completed in 2018, at a cost of £140 million, the Macallan Distillery Visitor Centre sits at the heart of the Macallan Estate, with its ultra-modern brand home offering a stark contrast to all of the other distilleries we visit.   In 2019 it was named as one of the world’s top 100 attractions by Time Magazine, so we know that, for many of our guests, you will be eagerly awaiting this must-see destination.

When we arrive you will have an opportunity to snap a photo of the building that features on bottles of the Macallan; Easter Elchies House. You can then venture inside the centre, where an experienced host will be on hand to give us an insight into what makes the Macallan production process unique.  There are some impressive displays of Macallan to admire and you can also get a view of some of the stills. We will then head upstairs to the panoramic bar, where we will enjoy a dram of specially selected Macallan, whilst enjoying unrivalled views of the Speyside valley.

 

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FAQs+

Tour FAQs

What sort of vehicle do you use?+

Here at WOW Scotland we only have two coaches, both of which were built to our precise specifications, to ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort. The vehicles have 30-seats and are very well-appointed with panoramic windows, comfortable reclining seats, USB ports under every seat and on-board WiFi. You can rest assured that you will be able to relax and enjoy the majestic scenery in complete comfort. You can read more about our coaches here. 

Can children come on the Whisky Bus?+

Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 18, as some of the distilleries are unable to accommodate children on their tours.  If an adult in your party is willing to look after the children at the experiences/tastings they are unable to participate in then it may be possible for children to join the tour in some cases, but only if they are over the age of 6.  Please contact us to discuss this.

Where will we be stopping for lunch?+

We are delighted to be able to offer a lunch pre-ordering service on-board.  Our friends at the Ballindalloch Castle Tearoom make up all of our lunches to order, ready for collection by your WOW guide, who will distribute them after your tasting session at Cragganmore.  Lunch offers great value at £7 per person and includes a sandwich, crisps, packet of Scottish biscuits and soft drink.

The sandwich fillings (available on white sourdough or wholemeal bread) on offer are as follows;

  • Lockerbie mature cheddar cheese and chutney (Vegetarian)
  • Ayrshire ham and wholegrain mustard
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Tuna, cucumber, red onion and mayonnaise
  • Roast beef and horseradish
  • Almond nut butter, beetroot and grated carrot with a homemade tahini dressing (Vegan option, sunflower margarine used)

Your choice of drinks is as follows;

  • Still water
  • Coca Cola
  • Diet Coke
  • San Pellegrino orange

Dietary requirements

  • If you are gluten free we can offer a gluten-free multi-seed bread sandwich (all fillings are gluten free), crisps, Millionaire’s Shortbread biscuit and a soft drink
  • If you are vegan we have a vegan sandwich (shown above), soft drink, crisps and gluten-free Millionaire’s Shortbread biscuits
  • If you do have any allergies please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate these – if allergies are severe then we would recommend bringing your own food as, although sandwiches can be prepared separately, we cannot guarantee that there will be no cross-contamination
  • All sandwiches have allergens shown on the packaging.

You may be interested to know that…

  • Our friends at the The Ballindalloch Castle Tearoom make our lunches to order so that they are as fresh as possible.
  • The tearoom uses locally-sourced Scottish produce as much as possible, with suppliers including:
    • McIntosh Butcher of Dufftown (supply ham and roast beef)
    • John Ross Ltd of Inverurie (supply salmon)
    • Walkers of Aberlour (biscuits)
    • Rizza’s of Huntly (gluten-free biscuits)
    • Deeside Water of Ballater (bottled water)
  • Our sandwiches are packaged in fully recyclable cardboard boxes, and lunches are supplied in recyclable paper bags.  All other packaging materials are recyclable wherever possible.  After lunch your driver guide will collect all waste, and will sort and recycle it at the end of the tour.
  • All money paid for lunches goes directly to this wonderful little tearoom.

Can we be picked up and/or dropped off somewhere else?+

For our Whisky Tour and Whisky & Castle Tour we can offer pick-up from Carrbridge Train Station, for those travelling by train from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The pick-up is at around 1050 (to meet the train arriving at 0957). You must inform us if you want to do take this option, as we will not stop in Carrbridge otherwise.

We can also drop you off in Carrbridge at the end of the day, to get the 1916 train back to Edinburgh/Glasgow.

Note that you will miss Tomatin Distillery if you take this option.

Where is the pick-up point in Inverness?+

We pick-up from Stance 7 at Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LT. Look out for the kilted WOW guide and WOW-branded coach and you won’t miss us!

Will we have time to shop for whisky?+

Every distillery we visit has a shop selling their own whisky, plus a range of souvenirs, so we would definitely encourage you to buy your whisky enroute (just make sure you check your country’s rules regarding duty free, as you may well be limited to taking one or two bottles home!). We don’t stop at any other shops along the way.

Will we be stopping for coffee/snacks enroute?+

There are coffee shops at the Speyside Cooperage and Macallan, where you can pick-up snacks and tea/coffee. If you don’t wish to waste valuable malt tasting time then please feel free to bring refreshments with you on the coach.

What time does the tour start and finish?+

This tour departs promptly at 8.30am (0830). Please ensure that you are ready to board the bus at 8.20am as we will leave promptly at 8.30am, and are unable to wait for any latecomers! The tour will return to Inverness city centre at approximately 6.45pm (1845).  Tt is possible that we may return a bit later than this although we always try to keep to our schedule as much as possible.

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Meet your Whisky Guides

Gordon Pearson

Founder & Tour Guide

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Gordon founded WOW Scotland in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. He loves talking about the Scottish Highlands, both on tour and on the TV and radio.

Robert Carr

Tour Guide

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Prior to being a tour guide, Rob ran successful food and tourism businesses in Edinburgh and Perthshire. He has now been in the Highlands for 16 years, where he loves to indulge in his joint passions of golf and hiking.

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