Edinburgh, Inverness, Speyside, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Glasgow
This trip is designed to lift your spirits. Skilled distillers take pure water from crystal-clear streams and plump, golden barley from the fields and transform them into a precious spirit, which is then poured into oak casks and tucked away to mature. The spirit can't be called Scotch until it has aged in Scotland for at least three years. Most single malt whiskies sleep for much longer, before emerging for their moment to shine. Here you have plenty of opportunities to learn how it's made. Each whisky has its own unique flavors and character. Whatever your palate, we're sure there's one for you - you just have to taste a few to find it! Sip, saunter and savor on this trip that brings you the best of the whisky scene. Take in the sights and discover the true soul of Scotland.
This independent itinerary is fully customizable around your interests and budget.
Dedicated private chauffeur, serving as your local guide
All on-tour transportation and related fees
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.
Recommended Experiences: Private walking tour of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, The Scotch Whisky Experience
Welcome to Scotland! Enjoy a private walking tour of Edinburgh with a Local Specialist, as you journey through the cobblestone streets and courtyards to take in the main sights of this wonderful city including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Later enjoy a visit to Scotland's premier new attraction, The Johnny Walker Experience, dramatically explore the flavors of Scotland across eight floors.
Journey to the Highlands today, first stop off at Glamis Castle home of the Earl of Strathmore. There are many stories and legends surrounding this Castle and it’s reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the British Isles. Birthplace of the Queen Mother and famous setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Next, visit the award-winning Highland Chocolatier, for a sweet afternoon break to taste and experience chocolate as you never have before. Later this evening and once you have settled into your hotel, join a whisky tasting session with a trained connoisseur. You will be introduced to a flight of whiskies comprising four specially selected drams.
Spend a full day exploring Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region to sample spirits and learn about the craft of creating this delicious concoction. Visit Benromach Distillery, and Cardhu Distillery, and its most famous whisky, Johnnie Walker Black Label. At Speyside cooperage, join an experienced former cooper on a VIP tour, see and hear first-hand the coopers at work and even try your hand at building on-site miniature barrels. Witness the firing/charring of the casks and end with a dram of 10-year-old single malt whisky.
Recommended Experience: Eilean Donan Castle
Travel along the banks of Loch Ness. Stop at Eilean Donan Castle, the stunning 13th-century location where three lochs meet. Take in some of its majestic scenery before crossing the land bridge to the Isle of Skye.
Recommended Experiences: Cruise to Rona Harbor & Loch Lomond
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to stunning Rona Harbor, taking in views of iconic Storr and Cullins along the way. Wildlife spotting opportunities are abundant throughout the trip. Rona has a resident seal colony. Enjoy a hearty seafood lunch. This is a truly special place.
Recommended Experience: Take the Jacobite Steam Train
Take the ferry to Mallaig, a remote and relaxing location famous for its fishing port. Travel from Mallaig to Fort William taking in the stunning scenery for a grand exploration of lush greenery. All aboard! This afternoon, hop on the Jacobite Steam Train, considered one of the greatest rail trips in the world. As you travel through the stunning countryside, watch for the Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known to Harry Potter fans familiar with the ‘Hogwarts Express.’ Disembark in Fort William and continue to the magnificent Inverlochy Castle.
Recommended Experiences: Blend whisky and chocolate at Glengoyle
Travel through the valley of Glencoe. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond to see castles and quaint villages. Visit Glengoyne Distillery and delight in Whisky and Chocolate matching. You’ll have two drams, each matched to two hand-made chocolates. The Glengoyne 18-year-old and the 20-year-old are chosen for their flavor and intensity. The chocolates will be every bit as intense – and you’ll notice the flavors of each transform the palate. Then, onto Glasgow for an orientation tour and to take in the sights of St Mungo’s Cathedral and George’s Square.
Your private chauffeur will take you to the airport, where it’s time to bid farewell to Scotland, as your vacation ends.
Please Note: If your visit is in August, you might want to attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a not-to-be-missed spectacle with bands, musicians, and other performers from around the world.
Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates.
Pricing is per person,
land only, based on January 2, 2022 travel date.
International airfare is additional.
Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. This independent itinerary is fully customizable around your interests and budget. Schedule a personal planning session with your AAA Travel Advisor..
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