An exclusive, luxurious short tour based in Braemar, in the Scottish Highlands. Your stay in a hotel built in the 19th century, a category B listed building with distinctive arts and crafts.  The Royal Suites are inspired by some of Braemar’s most noble visitors. With views over the surrounding landscape, the suites are richly furnished with antiques, artwork and objects that once belonged to these historic figures. Room features: separate sitting room, free standing copper bath and rain shower. The Flying Stag is the hotel’s bar and offers classic Scottish dishes, real ales and a selection of over 180 whiskies. When this tour ends, we will need to drag you away!

Day one We start either in Glasgow or Edinburgh with a dram in hand, we head up to the Highlands, first stop is Edradour Distillery. We know the owner Andrew very well, we are certain you will enjoy a few drams here. Then time for lunch in a pub in Pitlochry for lunch before checking in to the fantastic 5 star Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar.  We aim for a late afternoon arrival, to set the scene for your exclusive (opulent) stay. Retire to the bar and relax with a dram or four, see you tomorrow.

Day two after a grand breakfast we head along to The Victorian village of Ballater. In the early 14th century the Ballater area was part of the estates of the Knights of St John but the settlement did not develop until around 1770. Then a visit to Royal Lochnagar Distillery, taking the Warehouse Experience. Ideal for the whisky veterans, this unique experience gives you the opportunity to draw samples straight from the cask warehouse, then savour and enjoy during a tutored tasting.  Time for lunch locally before driving through stunning scenery to Tomintoul Distillery. Master Distiller, Robert Fleming’s  family has been making whisky in the Speyside Glenlivet region for four generations.  After your tour we head back to Braemar. Another excellent day, now retire to your superb hotel once more, more drams anyone?

Day three today is a Perthshire whisky day – as we drive south for approx. 35 minutes, driving over high glens and mountains to Pitlochry, first stop is Blair Athol just to sample drams at the bar, before heading out to Aberfeldy for their Connoisseur Tour.  The tour includes the heritage centre, distillery tour and warehouse, a dram from the cask, free blender’s tot glass and a tasting tray of 5x15ml drams. Time for lunch in a local pub.  On the return we drop into Dalwhinnie Distillery, not for a tour but to pair whiskies and chocolates.  Then Braemar for a final night.

Day four  driving back to Perth, we drop into a whisky shop just in case you need bottles! From here to Tullibardine Distillery for a tour and superb taste of their range. Then time for lunch at the famous 5 star Gleneagles Hotel. Sadly your tour with us ends today, unless you have booked a longer itinerary, we head back to either Glasgow or Edinburgh. We hope to see you again soon.

£1350 per person sharing, based on a group of four.  Complimentary drams each day in the car.  The tour can be for any number of guests or adapted to suit you, please just ask us:  liz@mcleanscotland.co.uk  Not available for the Braemar Games, Christmas or New Year.

the stag bar at braemar luxury hotel
typical bedroom
a drop of the Old stuff while on tour