A long fun filled weekend whisky tour, with plenty of drams & distilleries. Join Liz and Paul of MCLEANSCOTLAND on this exclusive whisky trip.
Thursday 31 August We meet you in Inverness Airport at noon*. With your first Scottish dram we drive to Speyside for a two course lunch & a drink included at The Delnashaugh Hotel. It’s then a short distance to Glenfarclas Distillery where you tour and taste. Glenfarclas was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to open a dedicated visitor centre in 1973. Relax with a dram or three, then on to Grantown on Spey, where you check in to The Garth Hotel. This evening we host a 3 course dinner with three whiskies and Spud the Piper, in full highland dress, entertains you. In 2000 Madonna and Guy Ritchie came to Scotland for their wedding, Spud piped ‘Like a Virgin’ on the pipes as she came down the steps of her jet. The next day he was on the front page of every paper known to man! We then introduce Robert Ransom founder of Angels’ Nectar “Blended by angels, to be shared with friends”, Angels’ Nectar Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies are vibrant and fresh, just the way the angels enjoy their drams. Relax with a presentation and samples from Robert.
Friday 1 September. After a sumptous highland breakfast we travel the short distance to Craigellachie, where we visit the Speyside Cooperage; the only cooperage in Britain with a visitor centre. Experienced coopers will show how they use traditional methods and tools. Then five minutes to Glenfiddich Distillery, where we have arranged lunch. Finally, on to Elgin to visit Glen Moray Distillery, a private tour and taste, a French owned distillery, one of our favourite. A superb tour followed by drams, some direct from the cask. The shop has (in our opinion) the best value for money whisky to purchase anywhere! Ten minutes to the hotel, check in, relax, have a bite to eat.
This evening, we introduce a whisky expert, having worked in the industry for many years, he will impart stories and insights into the distilleries, brands, drams and people who make this such a fascinating topic. Overnight Elgin.
Saturday 2 September After breakfast we relax, then attend our MCLEANSCOTLAND whisky school with Vic Cameron. Vic (BSc DipDist) has over 23 years experience in the distilling industry, working in a number of roles for Diageo. He has worked in production management at both malting and distilling sites. Vic is proud to have been the 4th International Malt Whisky Nosing Champion. He is on the organising committee for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival and also the Whisky Lecturer for the University of the Highlands and Islands. This is a very informative humorous take on the whisky industry. Free time for lunch before TheDistilled Whisky Festival in Elgin Town Hall, from 1pm – 5pm. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival team brings the best Speyside whisky distillers (at least 50 of them) uniting under one roof. But that’s not all. Speyside’s whisky distillers will be in good company as award-winning brewers, gin crafters, food producers and others, will be joining them. Overnight Elgin.
Sunday 3 September After a deserved lie in, we transfer back to Inverness Airport for 12 noon.
Included in this tour; Liz and Paul your MCLEANSCOTLAND hosts, coach transport for 3 days plus transfers, 3 nights en suite accommodation, 3 fully cooked Scottish breakfasts, lunch at Delnashaugh and Glenfiddich, 3 course whisky dinner, entry to distilleries as shown, ticket for the whisky festival, private whisky presentations by Robert and Vic, whiskies as shown, extra drams on board the mini coach, plus – a take home 20cl bottle of superb Spey whisky. Cost £775 per person sharing a twin or double room. Single extra £110.